The Jeep Wrangler has by no means been supplied with a V8 engine, however that’s about to vary as spy photographers have snapped a high-performance mannequin present process testing in Michigan.
Set to choose up the place the V8-powered CJ-7 left off, this prototype echoes the Rubicon 392 concept which was unveiled earlier this month. Whereas the styling modifications are barely noticeable, the mannequin has been outfitted with a bulging, ram air hood. We will additionally see a four-tailpipe exhaust system hiding beneath the rear bumper.
Little else is understood concerning the mannequin, however the concept encompasses a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 450 hp (336 kW / 456 PS) and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque. It’s linked to an upgraded eight-speed computerized transmission which sends energy to a four-wheel drive system. This allows the idea to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in lower than 5 seconds.
Jeep has been tight-lipped concerning the manufacturing mannequin however, after they unveiled the Rubicon 392 idea, the corporate famous fanatics have been clamoring for a V8-powered Wrangler and “might quickly get their want.” That implies the mannequin could possibly be launched comparatively quickly and we’re certain Jeep needs to steal as a lot consideration away from the Ford Bronco as doable.
Whereas Jeep is staying quiet, it stays unclear if the manufacturing mannequin will use the aforementioned 6.4-liter V8 or the extra mainstream 5.7-liter V8. If it’s the latter, we will count on an output of round 360 hp (268 kW / 365 PS) and 390 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque.
No matter which engine is beneath the hood, will probably be a major enchancment over the three.6-liter V6 which churns out 285 hp (213 kW / 289 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque. After all, the massive query is whether or not or not the mannequin will probably be supplied with a stick.
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