American Expedition Vehicles is one of the most respected names in the world of off-road performance. Since the 1990s, the company has been modifying 4x4s of all shapes and sizes into some of the toughest and most capable turn-key offerings out there. And while you may know them best for their recent work on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, AEV got their street-cred by working on the Jeep Wrangler and its predecessors. And while there is no denying that their two packages for the JL Wrangler are quite impressive bits of kit, the shop is currently working on something that will likely excite the brand’s faithful even more. That is because American Expedition Vehicles has teased on their social media channels that there is currently an AEV Jeep Wrangler 392 in the works.
AEV Built The First Jeep Wrangler “392”
When the V8-powered SUV first debuted, we all knew it would only be a matter of time before AEV got their hands on one. This new teaser doesn’t really give us much of a hint as to what is coming from the shop, but that isn’t anything to be concerned about. That is because the team has more than a little bit of knowledge when it comes to working on Jeep’s with big Hemi engines. In fact, AEV was the first company to complete 5.7L and 6.4L Hemi swaps into the Jeep Wrangler platform, creating the first unofficial Wrangler 392 before Stellantis ever did. Now that the factory has taken care of that part for them, we’re sure AEV has something quite enticing in mind.
Even in stock form, the Jeep Wrangler 392 is a serious off-road performance machine. Based on the Rubicon model, this Apache Hemi-powered SUV packs upgraded frame rails, new control arms, cast iron steering knuckles, and a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio in its two-speed transfer case. Combine that with 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque from the Apache V8, and you’re left with an off-roader capable of ripping off a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. While AEV’s parts likely won’t make the truck faster, they will certainly help the SUV tackle even tougher terrain with some added peace of mind.
It is quite likely that the team over at American Expedition Vehicles will be installing the content from their JL350 and JL370 kits onto this range-topping 4×4. Those kits include upgraded AEV components such as stamped-steel bumpers front and rear, front geometry correction brackets, skid plates, 7000 series led off-road lights, and the DualSport RT Suspension system with a 2.5-inch lift among other tweaks. That’s the sort of hardware that even the Rubicon-based Jeep Wrangler 392 could benefit from out on the trails.
We will have to wait for more details from American Expedition Vehicles about their AEV Jeep Wrangler 392, but this teaser has us excited nonetheless. Their products are already OEM quality, and we can’t wait to see what sort of treatment the range-topping model is going to get.
What sort of upgrades would you like to see the shop stick on this V8-powered bruiser? Let us know down below!