Angry HEMI V8-powered Wrangler confirmed

Jeep confirms V8 Wrangler

Remember when Jeep tried to distract us with its V8-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept only moments before the Bronco reveal?

UPDATED: Jeep has revealed the Wrangler 392 which will go on-sale in the US next year. Don’t hold your breath for it to come here.

Speaking at the reveal overnight: Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America, said: “This is the most-powerful, quickest, most-capable Jeep Wrangler we’ve ever built.

“The factory lift and abundant low-end torque from the V-8 makes the Rubicon 392 the king of the hills, whether you’re rock crawling at low speeds or powering up an incline. And when pavement replaces dirt, Rubicon 392 makes quick work of the road.”

Watch the reveal BELOW:

Jeep has taken to Instagram to confirm it’ll launch a HEMI V8-powered Wrangler next year (2021). Back in July, Jeep teased us with its Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept.

Despite saying it was a concept back in July, Jeep did say that Wrangler owners had been calling for a V8 version and that they “may soon get their wish”. So, we really shouldn’t be too surprised by the confirmation.

While there are no details accompanying the confirmation the V8 Wrangler will go ahead, we’d expect it to mimic the Concept. That thing runs a 6.4-litre (392 cubic-inch) V8 engine making 344kW and 620Nm of torque. It’s likely the production version will run the same tweaked eight-speed that featured in the 392 Concept to handle the extra grunt.

It should run the same Dana 44 axles as the regular Rubicon, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front and rear axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tyres on 17-inch beadlock wheels, and will hopefully get the Concept’s two-inch lift and Fox shocks.

It’s unlikely we’ll get to see this thing in Australia.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.