Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 Spied In Production Spec On The Road
In a real surprise, spy photos show a production Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 prototype on public roads in Florida. The concept of the V8-powered SUV was created just a week ago.
Like the Rubicon 392 concept, this vehicle wears a hood with a large scoop to bring cool air into the engine compartment. There are also two tie-down hooks, but they’re black here, rather than silver before. The SUV runs on Beadlock compatible wheels.
If the powertrain is the same as the concept, then there’s a 6.4-liter V8 under the hood that produces 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 450 pound-feet (610 Newton-meters) of torque. It would use an eight-speed automatic and the full-time Selec-Track two-speed transfer box. The sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) would occur in less than five seconds.
The exhaust layout includes two pairs of circular pipes, unlike other current Wrangler variations. With their black finish and exits well behind the rear bumper, they’re hard to see.
Unlike the concept, sticker 392 is missing from the hood scoop, but it would be an easy thing to remove from a prototype. Instead of the 37-inch Falken Wildpeak tires, this one wears BF Goodrich All-Terrain T / A KO2 rubber. These photos do not provide a view close enough to see the size, but they appear smaller than 37 inches.
The concept also had a two-inch suspension and Fox monotube shocks. Unfortunately, it’s unclear if these parts are on this prototype. However, the ride height doesn’t seem higher than a normal Rubicon.
The Toledo, Ohio, Jeep plant has been rumored to have built around 30 prototypes of the Rubicon 392. An official launch date for the production vehicle remains a mystery. The sooner it happens; sooner the new model will be able to fight against the Ford Bronco.
The prospect of a V8-powered Wrangler is still strange. Company executives were adamant that it was impossible to push an eight-cylinder engine into the bay. The larger mill didn’t leave enough crushing space for the SUV to be safe in a crash. For the concept, Jeep said engineers modified the frame and engine mounts to fit the powertrain.