Official: V8 powered Wrangler will hit production
And it's coming soon!
Back in July, rumors of a hemi-powered Jeep were amping up throughout the automotive world. Jeep later confirmed that a V8 Jeep Concept existed, but they had no plans to put it into production. That is, until now.
The good news comes from Jeep's Instagram page, where they teased the V8-powered Jeep. The first thing you notice is the familiar growl of a V8 coming from the Wrangler. The second thing you notice are the captions besides the video which say "Sometimes concepts are so powerful they storm into reality." There's also a bunch of hashtags below that text, with the most important ones being #JeepWrangler and #NotAConcept. This tells us some all the information about the upcoming V8-powered Jeep, ahead of the debut.
When Jeep alerted the public of the V8-Wrangler Concept in July, they also disclosed all the performance figures and a lot of features of their latest concept. The biggest thing they announced was the engine: a 6.4-liter V8 with 392 cubic inches of displacement, resulting in 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. That gave the Jeep a 0-60 of under 5 seconds. That engine was paired with Jeep's 8-speed automatic transmission.
The concept added many offroad features, like Dana 44 axles, a full-time two-speed transfer case, front and rear axle lockers, a factory 2-inch life kit, Fox suspension, and massive 37-inch mud-terrain tires.
Granted, this is all concept info. But really, all of that is so much more than just concept information given what Jeep's Instagram post tells us. The line "Sometimes concepts are so powerful they storm into reality" is referring to the V8 concept Jeep they unveiled in July. In other words, Jeep is telling us this concept is becoming reality, meaning all of the above figures are going to be damn near exactly what we are going to see on the debut.
Jeep confirmed the debut for first V8-powered Jeep in decades will be November 17th, or in other words, tomorrow. You can expect the name of the new Jeep to be the Wrangler Rubicon 392.
Jeep says it'll be available for sale in 2021, so if you're planning on buying a Wrangler, you might want to hold off for the moment, because this'll be the one to get.