Jeep is adding another eight-cylinder to its lineup as the Wrangler Rubicon 392 is set to get a 6.4-liter V-8 that delivers up to 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
As the name suggests, “392” refers to the 392 cubic inch dimension of the V-8, an engine that has so far been powering several big Fiat Chrysler nameplates such as the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Durango.
For the Wrangler Rubicon 392, the naturally aspirated engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission in sending power to all four wheels. It will also get paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Jeep claims the vehicle can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and a quarter-mile in 13.0 seconds.
The V-8 engine will only be offered on the Wrangler’s range-topping Rubicon variant, which will also come with a full-time two-speed transfer case, Dana 44 axles with electronic locking differentials, an electronic front sway-bar, Fox shocks, and a 3.73 final-drive ratio. A full set of 17-inch Beadlock-capable wheels wrapped with 33-inch BFGoodrich K02 all-terrain tires are standard.
Other features unique to the Jeep Wrangler 392 include a hood scoop, special “392” badging, and a quad-tip exhaust system. The model is also going to be an inch taller than the standard Rubicon, thanks to the extra two-inch lift, giving the vehicle 10.3 inches of ground clearance. It will have strengthened chassis with an additional wheel, improved front upper control arms, as well as cast iron steering knuckles.
In terms of interior styling, the Rubicon 392 will feature leather seats with classy bronze stitching that complements its bronze accents. Too, it will be equipped with an 8.4-inch touchscreen that includes Jeep’s Off-Road Pages functionality as a standard feature. The Off-Road Pages tech will provide information on the pitch and roll, GPS coordinates, and power distribution.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is set to go on sale in the United States sometime early next year and is expected to retail under $50,000.