With Ford debuting the highly-anticipated 2021 Bronco lineup later today, the team at Jeep have pulled something incredibly savage as to not be left out of the news cycle. As of this morning, FCA has officially given us our first look at the all-new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept, which our friends over at Road and Track are reporting is bound for a production run.
According to Jeep, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept features a 6.4L Hemi V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, producing 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. That is enough shove to propel the V8-powered SUV to 60 mph in under five seconds, which is not bad for an off-roading 4×4. Combine the added engine performance with the Dana 44 axles, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Fox internal-bypass racing shocks, a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch factory lift kit and 37-inch mud-terrain tires, and the V8-powered Rubicon becomes very enticing.
With all of the hype surrounding the Ford Bronco, and the new SUV’s unabashed targeting of the Wrangler, this may actually prove to be a smart move by FCA. Fans of the off-roader have been begging the company to put a V8 engine between the Wrangler’s flanks since the last eight-cylinder CJ model was produced in 1981. Furthermore, there are no viable rumors floating around at this point to suggest that Ford will be giving the Bronco any more than six-cylinders under the hood.
Road and Track spoke with some internal sources at FCA, who the outlet says confirmed that the Wrangler Rubicon 392 is production bound. In fact, Jeep has reportedly already built around 30 of the engine-swapped off-roaders at their Toledo, Ohio production facility, which is abnormal for a single one-off concept vehicle. We don’t have official confirmation about the truck’s production schedule or its pricing model at this time, but don’t expect it to be a bargain proposition.