Better to climb the roof.
Jeep decided to rain energy during the first Ford Bronco show on Monday evening by unveiling a Wrangler equipped with a V8 engine.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is equipped with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 rated at 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Although touted as a concept, Jeep said it was an indication that Wrangler fans who wanted a V8 model “may soon get their wish.”
The all-new Ford Bronco is slated to be released at 8 p.m. through a short film and extended commercials posted online and broadcast on ABC, ESPN and National Geographic Channel. The open-air SUV will be the first direct competitor the Wrangler has faced in decades, but is expected to feature smaller displacement turbocharged engines.
Jeep hasn’t offered a V8 in a Wrangler type since the CJ in 1981, but customizers often swap them out in the latest versions. The Wrangler is currently offered with four-cylinder turbos, petrol V6s and a turbodiesel V6.
The Rubicon 392 has also been fitted with a 2-inch lifting kit, 37-inch tires, unique granite crystal paint and a two-mode exhaust system that can increase volume on command .
Jeep brand boss Jim Morrison said in a press release that the concept proves that the company can make such a vehicle and that “Jeep is clearly listening to its customers. We can’t wait to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept, a vehicle that offers an incredible and unmatched level of performance and fun driving capabilities, both on and off the road. ”
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