Jeep has confirmed that it will produce a production version of the V8-powered Jeep Wrangler 392 Concept.
Jeep took the covers off the Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 concept just hours before Ford unveiled the all-new Bronco. Even though this was an obvious marketing move to draw attention away from the Wrangler’s new rival, the concept left such an impression on enthusiasts that the company has confirmed it will be produced.
To confirm the news, Jeep took to Instagram where it posted two teaser videos of the Wrangler V8. The first teaser confirms that it is #NotAConcept while the second teaser video states it will provide “Adventure With Power,” while showing a pre-production prototype off-roading and sliding through some sand dunes. The soundtrack of the V8 is also something to die for.
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Jeep hasn’t provided specifics about the production-ready model but has confirmed it will be available next year.
In all likelihood, the production model will be mechanically identical to the Rubicon 392 concept. As such, it should feature a 6.4-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine pumping out 450 hp and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque. On the concept, this engine was coupled to an upgraded eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to a four-wheel drive system, allowing the off-roader to hot 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than five seconds.
Additional parts from the concept, like the Dana 44 axles, front and rear lockers, two-inch lift kit, 17-inch beadlock wheels, and other suspension upgrades, could find their way into the production model.