First Look – Jeep Wrangler Rubicon V8 Concept

Ken Zino of auotInformed.com on Wrangler Rubicon V8 Concept

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Yes, there’s a truck performance war under way. The Ford Bronco is due to be unveiled tonight. Consider: Jeep has just electronically introduced its new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, powered by a 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) V8 engine that delivers  a claimed 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. This means a 0-60 mph elapsed time in less than 5 seconds. 

Dana 44 axles, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front and rear axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tires and a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit from Mopar combine with suspension enhancements, a more-robust 8-speed transmission and a V8 powerplant “delivers more off-road capability than ever in a Jeep Wrangler.”

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The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept items:

  • Traction is improved with 450 lb.-ft. of torque and custom 17-inch beadlock wheels
  • A factory Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit and 37-inch mud-terrain tires combine to improve articulation, and contribute to unprecedented levels of water fording capability (34 inches) and ground clearance (13.25 inches), as well as improved approach (51.6 degrees), breakover (29.5 degrees) and departure (40.1 degrees) angles.

About Ken Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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