Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 gets Hemi V8

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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is a combination of two American icons in one package. The American manufacturer, for the first time in its off-roader’s 34-year history, has slotted its Hemi V8 engine into the Wrangler.

  • 6.4-litre Hemi V8makes the Rubicon 392 the fastest Wrangler ever made
  • Does the 0-100kph sprint in 4.5s
  • Receives a host of suspension upgrades, adding to its off-road capabilities

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 engine and power

Called the Wrangler Rubicon 392, the number referring to the engine’s capacity in cubic inches, the new 4×4 uses a 6.4-litre version of the revered naturally aspirated petrol V8.

Offered in four-door form only, it’s claimed to manage 0-100kph in 4.5sec – the same as the far pricier, Mercedes-AMG G63.

No manual gearbox will be offered, with the sole transmission option an eight-speed automatic, putting power through a full-time four-wheel drive system.

Jeep also claims a quarter-mile sprint time of 13.0s, making the Rubicon 392 by far the fastest Wrangler made. A two-mode quad-exhaust system aims to ensure it has a soundtrack to match.

 

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 off road

The Jeep Wrangler is no less focused in its off-road capability in Rubicon 392 form than standard. A 51mm lift kit features as standard, slightly improving the approach and departure angles over the standard car. It can also wade through water nearly 830mm deep, with a special air induction system designed to divert as much as 68 litres of water per minute away from the engine.

The Wrangler also retains a low-range gear ratio, albeit at a lower level crawl ratio than the standard car’s box, plus its selectable off-road modes.

A host of suspension and chassis revisions including heavy-duty axles, upgraded frame rails and upper control arms, electronic locking differentials and Fox aluminium monotube dampers.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 visual upgrades

Visually, the changes to the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392’s exterior extend beyond the usual array of new badging, although that does feature. Most notably, a new bonnet design with an air scoop has been borrowed from the Gladiator Mojave pick-up truck. Inside, there are bronze trim elements and aluminium wheel-mounted shift paddles. 

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 in India

The Rubicon 392 is a full series-production model in the US, but there is no word on whether it’ll come to India. Although prices haven’t been disclosed, the Rubicon 392 is expected to be priced around $70,000 (Rs 52 lakh), in the American market.

For reference, the standard 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder Wrangler Rubicon is priced at Rs 68.94 lakh (ex-showroom, India) in our market.

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