Jeep Wrangler JL 392 Coming Soon?
This morning, Jeep posted a photo of a Jeep Wrangler with a large hood with a 392 badge prominently displayed for everyone to see on their Facebook page. This article follows the recent announcement by Durango Hellcat and the teaser RAM Rebel TRX, which shows Chrysler’s ability to add an exciting V8 to almost all of the products they sell. Could the Jeep Wrangler finally get the V8 option, so many owners love it?
The new JL Jeep Wrangler is a fantastic off-roader that passionate owners personalize into truly impressive creations. A popular modification involves the costly process of replacing a Hemi V8 in place of the original engine for more power and much better noise. For decades, Jeep enthusiasts have dreamed of offering a V8 option in stock, but it seems that the wait is finally over.
This Jeep post teaser shows a very coherent design that certainly looks more real than a simple sketch. The 392 V8 referenced in Jeep’s Facebook post is found in several Dodge products, including the Charger Scat Pack and the Challenger Scat Pack, to name a few. In these applications, this engine is placed directly under the Hellcat range and offers a perfect compromise between performance.
The robust 6.4-liter Hemi V8 produces 485 horsepower (361 kW) and 475 lb-ft (644 nm) in the Charger Scat Pack, which is far more than any engine option currently offered in the Jeep Wrangler . The 392 Hemi is mated to an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission and can send the 5400 lb (2450 kg) loader from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds.
In the past, Jeep has confirmed that a Hemi V8 can fit in the engine compartment of a JL Wrangler. This has been repeatedly proven by aftermarket companies that trade only JL V8s. The limiting factor would have been safety in a collision where a JL Wrangler powered by Hemi would not pass. Jeep seems to have found a solution, and we hope to learn very soon about this exciting Wrangler.
This announcement comes just before the long-awaited Ford Bronco revelation and is certainly intended to attract more people to the Jeep Wrangler. Jeep officials said “no comments” when asked about the image. Could the dream of a 6.4-liter HL powered JL Wrangler with a 6.4-liter manual gearbox finally come true?