While crosstown rival Ford is busy preparing to roll out the Bronco, Jeep has taken the wraps off a new concept vehicle proving to the world what the brand is capable of.
The Jeep Wrangler 392 Concept was very likely prepared for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari, but with events like that shut down, Jeep waited until Ford’s big reveal day to show its creation.
Under the hood of this Wrangler is a 6.4-liter V8 that makes 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque sent through an eight-speed automatic, propelling this machine from 0-60 mph in under five seconds. Dana 44 axles are stuck in the front and rear supporting 37-inch mud-terrain tires
For now this is just a concept, though Jeep says that is gauging customer reaction to the concept, and it could result in something going into production. New engine mounts were added and frame modifications were made to fit the big HEMI into the Wrangler, so putting it into production is not simply a plug-and-play affair.
Thanks to the Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift and the 37s, this Wrangler packs 13.25-inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 51.3 degrees, breakover of 29.5 degrees and a departure of 40.1 degrees.
Also seen on this concept are a set of half-doors and all of the glass removed from the hardtop roof, suggesting that these could be accessories Jeep plans to release in the future.
We’ll have to wait and see if there is enough interest to force Jeep into shoving a V8 into the Wrangler. And with Ford now in the game, Jeep has some real competition to worry about.