If you’ve fantasized about a lightning-quick Jeep, the 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 is your dream come true. This sprightly truck brandishes quickness never imagined in a Jeep, but still features the same go-anywhere ruggedness you expect from a Wrangler.
FCA unveiled the 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392, which is named after the 6.4-liter (392 cubic inch) V-8 engine, which is found in versions of the Dodge Challenger and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 becomes the first time in nearly 40 years that a V-8 has been a factory option in a Wrangler.
The naturally aspirated eight-cylinder is tuned specifically for the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, and it pumps out 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, making the Rubicon 392 the quickest and most powerful Wrangler ever built. Jeep teases that the fleet-footed Wrangler Rubicon 392 zooms 0-60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds, plus this brute will run the quarter-mile in only 13.0 seconds. The power is sent to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with integrated steering wheel-mounted aluminum paddle shifters for white-knuckle driving.
But just because this vehicle is nimble does not mean that you can’t venture off-road. The Rubicon 392 gets a full-time Select-Track 4WD system with a 2.72 low-range gear ratio with available modes: 4WD Auto, 4WD High, Neutral, and 4WD Low. The Rubicon 392 boasts a wide track, heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles with thicker axle tubes, and Tru-Lok electronic locking differentials. It has Fox aluminum monotube shocks, an electronic front sway-bar disconnect for max articulation, 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels are standard that are fitted with standard 33-inch BFGoodrich K02 all-terrain tires. The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 stands an inch taller than the standard Rubicon.
Jeep declares the Rubicon 392 as the “most capable Jeep Wrangler ever with 10.3 inches of ground clearance; improved suspension articulation and maneuverability; approach, breakover and departure angles of 44.5, 22.6 and 37.5 degrees, respectively.” Plus the new Rubi has the ability to plow through up to 32.5 inches of water thanks to a new Hydro-Guide air intake system that can separate up to 15 gallons of water per minute away from the incoming air even if the hood scoop is completely obscured by mud, snow or debris.
Get your ears ready because the Wrangler Rubicon 392 is going to roar with an active dual-mode exhaust and unique quad tailpipes. There are nine exterior color options: Black, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Punk ’n Metallic, Sarge Green Metallic, Snazzberry Metallic, Sting-Gray Metallic, and Billet Silver Metallic, all with a black interior.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is headed to production, and will be available in the first quarter of 2021 when it will likely be in the $50,000 to $60,000 price range.