There were many questionable responses when the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept was on the same day as the unveiling of the new Ford Bronco. However, the Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, has reportedly produced around 30 examples of the V8-powered Wrangler since the plant reopened after the coronavirus closed, according to an insider speaking to Road and track.
The concepts are generally unique vehicles. If the factory does build that many prototypes, there is a better chance of seeing a production version.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept contains a 6.4-liter V8 developing 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 450 pound-feet (610 newton meters) of torque. It goes through an eight-speed automatic with the full-time four-wheel drive system Selec-Track and a two-speed transfer case. The Dana 44 axles manage power and there are locking differentials at both ends.
At least on the concept, Jeep tweaks the suspension with a two-inch suspension riser and Fox monotube shock absorbers. He rides on 17-inch bead wheels with 37-inch mud tires.
Since the leaders of Jeep have reduced the chances of a V8-powered Wrangler for so long, it is still hard to believe that it is a vehicle in production. In the announcement of the Rubicon 392 concept, the company indicates that there are improved engine mounts and a modified frame. Maybe these changes are more comprehensive than the company suggests.
If the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is really on sale, it’s hard to imagine that the vehicle will be in showrooms this year. The Jeep plant in Toledo has a busy year adding the V6 turbodiesel to the Gladiator pickup and introducing the plug-in hybrid version 4XE of the Wrangler.