Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 was recently spotted on the road.
So, the rumour of this wild concept vehicle getting a production version now is more believable.
In a real surprise, spy shots showed a prototype for a production-spec Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 on public roads in Florida.
Jeep unveiled the V8-powered 392 a week ago, symbolically on the same day with the rivalling Ford Bronco.
The vehicle is wearing the hood of the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept.
Like the Rubicon 392 concept, this vehicle wears a hood with a large scoop for feeding cool air into the engine bay. There are also two tiedown hooks, but they’re black here, rather than silver before.
The SUV rides on Beadlock-capable wheels.
If the powertrain is the same as the concept, then there’s a 6.4-liter V8 under the hood making 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 450 pound-feet (610 Newton-meters) of torque.
The 392 concept accelerates from zero to 60 mph in less than 5.0 sec., so, the same can be expected from the series model.
It would use an eight-speed automatic and the Selec-Track full-time, two-speed transfer case. The sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) would happen in less than five seconds.
The exhaust layout includes two pairs of circular pipes, unlike other current Wrangler variants. With their black finish and outlets well behind the rear bumper, they’re hard to see.
The prospect of a V8-powered Wrangler is still odd. Company execs were adamant that shoving an eight-cylinder engine into the bay was impossible. The bigger mill didn’t leave enough crush space for the SUV to be safe in a collision. For the concept, Jeep said the engineers modified the frame and engine mounts to fit the powerplant.