HEMI-powered Jeep Wrangler Concept Steals Bronco’s Thunder

Published on July 13, 2020 in News by Guillaume Rivard

On the very same day its new rival will officially break cover, Jeep is announcing a Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept powered by FCA’s 6.4-litre HEMI V8.

If you thought the brand was going to let the 2021 Ford Bronco get all the attention, you’re wrong.

A first since the 1981 Jeep CJ offered a 5.0-litre V8, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 produces 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, sprinting from 0-96 km/h in less than five seconds.

Photo: FCA

Right now, Jeep Wrangler customers can choose a 270-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, a 285-hp gasoline V6 or a 260-hp EcoDiesel V6 that generates 440 lb-ft. The Ford Bronco, meanwhile, is expected to offer a 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 with around 325 hp and 400 lb-ft.

Jeep has previously said that a Wrangler or Gladiator powered by a Hellcat engine (supercharged 6.2-litre V8) was technically possible but unfeasible due to a lack of space to meet collision standards. However, it looks like the big 392 can pass the test.

Engineers used upgraded engine mounts and a modified frame. They also added a hood scoop and beefed up the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Furthermore, the 17-inch beadlock wheels are wrapped in 37-inch mud-terrain tires and connected to a Mopar suspension featuring a two-inch lift kit and new monotube Fox shocks. A two-mode exhaust system alters the performance sound at the touch of a button.

The best part is that the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 will enter production at some point. So now we wait to see if Ford will respond with a Bronco Raptor or something like that. 

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