Which Jeep is getting a Hemi 392?


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There’s a company out here that v8 swaps them and they’re legal somehow
 

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Previously, Jeep has said it couldn’t make them crash test well with the V-8. Wonder whats’s changed.
 

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I know a V-8 Wrangler sounds cool, but this is a horrible idea. Let’s take this already sketch car and add power.


 

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What’s sketchy about driving a wrangler? Or are we talking if it gets hit it’s sketchy?
 

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Just your typical solid front axle sketch. Wandering, vague steering, added up with the increased chance of rollover compared with other SUVs.
 

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I must just be that used to crappy vehicles but never noticed solid axles feeling “sketch”
 

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Sounds like it.
 

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Based on the last offset crash test of the Wrangler getting flipped over, maybe the extra weight of the 392 gives it a lower center of gravity and it won't perform any worse... ;):p
 

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About time. Obviously there is a market for it as there have been many done already. I would assume a factory Hemi Jeep Wrangler would be much more affordable than those others that have been built.

But how big of a market?
 
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The gladiator diesel is gonna be over 40k when it launches.
 

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Previously, Jeep has said it couldn’t make them crash test well with the V-8. Wonder whats’s changed.
JL and JT are brand new, maybe they fixed the crash test issue with the redesign?

Also, my guess is this is for the Gladiator, not the wrangler
 

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Nah, that was in reference to the JL and JT. I believe it was Tim Kuniskis - former head of Jeep NA - who said it at a press launch.
 

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Man this is going to be bad ass. But aren’t the current generation wranglers rolling death traps?
 

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I think it would be killer! Not sure of the market for it as my Wrangler is my Winter and bad weather vehicle. No need for 485HP in it but sure would be fun!
 
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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is the brand's not-so-subtle way of teasing that a model featuring a new 6.4-liter V8 is on the imminent horizon. The mill pumps out an impressive 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 450 pound-feet (610 Newton-meters) of torque, which is a huge upgrade over the existing 3.6-liter V6 making 285 hp (213 kW) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm).

If this sounds too good to be true, then be optimistic. In the concept's announcement, Jeep heavily hints that a production version could happen. "Jeep enthusiasts have been clamoring for a V-8-powered production Wrangler in recent years and the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is an indication they may soon get their wish," the automaker's press release says.

Jeep has previously said that a V8-powered Wrangler wasn't happening because the engine didn't allow for enough crush space to be safe in a crash. The company might now have a solution, though. For the Rubicon 392 Concept, there is a modified frame and upgraded engine mounts. The video below offers a glimpse of the mill running in the bay, and it doesn't appear too tight in there.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox and two-speed transfer case. Jeep claims it can hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in less than five seconds, which is lightning quick by Wrangler standards.

A Wrangler isn't about straight-line speed, though, and Jeep equips the concept with the hardware for making off-roading easier. There are high-strength Dana 44 axles and locking differentials at both ends. A two-inch suspension lift, monotube Fox shocks, and 17-inch beadlock wheels with 37-inch mud-terrain tires improve the SUV's ability to get around in rugged environments.

It's worth noting that Jeep's unveiling of the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept comes on the same day of the much-anticipated premiere of the revived Ford Bronco. It's impossible not to see that there's some gamesmanship happening in an effort to take some of the wind out of the Blue Oval's sails.
 

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Yaj Yak Yaj Yak Insider says it isn't just a concept, and is actually going into production


On the same day Ford is scheduled to finally unveil the 2021 Bronco, Jeep cheekily revealed the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a V8-powered JL Wrangler that can get from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Now, a new report has come out saying the Hemi-equipped Jeep will drop the "Concept" from its name pretty soon and become an honest-to-God production vehicle available at your local dealership.

Citing a Jeep "insider," Road & Track reports that a production Wrangler rocking a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 is indeed happening. The anonymous source points to 30 prototypes that have allegedly been built at the company's Toledo, Ohio plant shortly after it reopened from its COVID-19 shutdown. They probably wouldn't have gone through all that trouble if the 392 Concept was truly a one-off show car. R&T also says this same source spoke of the Concept "in detail" before Jeep publicly revealed it.

The company insider reportedly goes on to say that the production-ready Wrangler 392 will feature Fox internal-bypass shocks à la Gladiator Mojave and a lifted suspension with beadlock wheels.
 

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