Jeep is adding more power and capability to the Wrangler, addressing a top wish of customers and dealers, and just in time as the SUV prepares to take on the new Ford Bronco.
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 packs a V-8 engine (392 cubic inches) that will deliver 470 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque, while jetting from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. That is 40 percent faster than the V-6 Wrangler Rubicon.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it's the first time in 40 years that a V-8 has been a factory option on the Wrangler. The Wrangler's predecessor, the CJ, was the last to have a V-8, in 1981. That model, FCA said, delivered 125 hp and 220 pound-feet of torque.
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 checks off another box on the Jeep fan wish list, joining the diesel Wrangler, the Gladiator pickup and the upscale Grand Wagoneer that'll bolster the lineup next summer, said Scott Tallon, head of Jeep product marketing, even as the brand charts a greener future.