Remember the 450 HP Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept from last summer? Meet the production version, looking equally as adventurous while ditching the Concept moniker in order to unleash its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 onto the public.
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 is available only with a four-door body style and an eight-speed automatic (no manual gearbox), sending power to all four wheels.
This is the exact same naturally aspirated unit that powers the 392 variants of the Dodge Challenger, Charger, Durango as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Unlike the concept with its 450 horses, the production Wrangler Rubicon 392 is good for 470 HP and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque.
These are very impressive figures for a Wrangler, and help send this 392 model from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds. As for its 1/4 mile time, that would be 13 seconds flat.
You can easily tell the Wrangler Rubicon 392 apart from “lesser Wranglers” thanks to its functional hood scoop, borrowed from the Gladiator Mojave. Other visual cues include the 392 badging and a quad-pipe exhaust system. The truck also sits 2-inches (5 cm) higher than the standard Wrangler (one inch over the standard Rubicon), offering a total of 10.3 inches (26 cm) of ground clearance. It can also clear 32.5 inches (82.5 cm) of water – much better for conquering floodwaters than a Huracan, right?
Jeep also strengthened the chassis with more steel, upgraded the front upper control arms and installed a full-time two-speed transfer case, Dana 44 axles with electronic locking diffs and Fox shocks. A set of 17-inch wheels are available as standard, wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich K02 all-terrain tires.
As for the interior, you get leather seats with bronze stitching to match the bronze accents on the exterior, as well as a standard 8.4 inch touchscreen display. Meanwhile, accessories such as LED lights, rock rails and winches will be available courtesy of Mopar.
While official pricing has yet to be revealed, we can tell you that the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 will go on sale in the U.S. early next year.