The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 marks the return of a production V8 motor to the Wrangler engine bay after nearly 40 years!
If sheer off-road prowess wasn't enough, folks at FCA have gone one step ahead this time to, ironically, go back in time. With the 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392, Jeep has recreated a special memory, for this is the first time after nearly 40 years that a V8 is nestled below the hood of a Jeep Wrangler model.
And not just any V8 – a 6.4-litre 392 HEMI V8 that develops a stonking 464bhp and 637Nm of torque. This makes the Rubicon 392 the most powerful Wrangler model ever. Combined with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic gearbox (with paddle shift) and Jeep's Selec-Trac full-time active transfer case, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 offers a dragstrip-worthy 0 – 96km/h time of 4.5 seconds.
However, don't think that the Wrangler Rubicon 392 is any less capable off-road. The Trail Rated behemoth is fitted with heavy-duty wide track Dana 44 axles, transmission torque converter lockup control, Tru-Lok electronic locking differentials, a 3.73 final drive ratio, upgraded frame rails, FOX high-performance shocks, an active dual-mode exhaust (with quad tailpipes), and 33-inch tyres on 17-inch Beadlock-capable wheels as standard.
Plus, with an additional 2-inch increase in ride height, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 can drive through up to 825mm of water, thanks to its massive 262mm ground clearance. Enhanced water fording capabilities have also been made possible by a new Tri-level Hydro-Guide air intake system, which can channel up to 56 litres of water a minute away from the engine. To maximise off-road capability, the Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case offers four driver-selectable modes: 4WD Auto, 4WD High, Neutral, and 4WD Low. Rock and Sand traction modes (part of the Off-road Plus drive mode) provide further terrain-specific performance optimisation.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 will go on sale in North America in Q1 2021.