2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Has a 470-HP 6.4-Liter V-8

  • Jeep has announced that the Wrangler Rubicon 392 is headed to production, and it’ll go on sale early next year.
  • It’s powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 that produces 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, and Jeep claims it’ll do 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
  • Available only as a Rubicon model, it’s equipped with 33-inch all-terrain tires, Fox shocks, Dana 44 axles, and it’s an inch taller than the standard Rubicon.

    Jeep touted that it had been driving around Wranglers with V-8s under the hood in secrecy for some time and that we’d missed them. We knew it wasn’t a secret. We’d like to think we know Fiat Chrysler, Jeep’s parent company, pretty well by now, and the automaker loves to stuff powerful V-8s (most notably the 700-plus-hp Hellcat supercharged V-8) into practically everything in its lineup. The latest to get eight-cylinder injection is the popular Wrangler, originally seen in concept form, which is getting a 470-hp 6.4-liter V-8 under the hood. And it’s a Rubicon on 33-inch tires.

    Three ninety two. Those three numbers denote FCA’s 6.4-liter (392 cubic inch) V-8 that’s found in 392 versions of the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Durango as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. In the Wrangler Rubicon 392, the naturally aspirated eight cylinder produces 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque that’s sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Jeep claims that it’ll reach 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and run through the quarter-mile in 13.0 seconds.

    The burly V-8 is only available on the top-of-the-line Rubicon model, which is the most off-road-capable Wrangler available from the factory. It’s equipped with a full-time two-speed transfer case, Dana 44 axles with electronic locking differentials, Fox shocks, an electronic front sway-bar disconnect for max articulation, and a 3.73 final-drive ratio. A set of 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels are standard, and they’re wrapped with standard 33-inch BFGoodrich K02 all-terrain tires.

    You’ll be able to tell the Wrangler has V-8 power by its functional hood scoop, borrowed from the desert-rated Gladiator Mojave, with “392” badging and a quad-tip exhaust system. A two-inch lift over the standard Wrangler (an inch taller than the standard Rubicon) provides 10.3 inches of ground clearance, and it can clear 32.5 inches of water. To account for the added power of the V-8, Jeep strengthened the chassis with additional steel, upgraded front upper control arms, and cast iron steering knuckles.

    The Rubicon 392 is equipped with leather seats with bronze stitching to match the exterior’s bronze accents, and it comes standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Jeep’s Off-Road Pages, which display information including pitch and roll, GPS coordinates, and power distribution. And, like the other Wranglers in Jeep’s lineup, a host of accessories, such as LED lights, rock rails, and winches, will be available from Mopar so customers can further customize their SUVs.

    The 2o21 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 will go on sale in the U.S. early next year and should cost just under $50,000.

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