6.4-liter V-8 JL Wrangler Rubicon 392 - How much would you be willing to spend?

wayoflife

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As some of you have already seen, FCA just made a press release for a new 6.4-liter V-8 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept. Obviously, I'll believe it's really coming when I see it's really coming but let's just assume for a moment that it is, would you sell what you have to buy it? You know it'll come at a premium, so if the answer is a yes, how much would you be willing to spend to get one? Inquiring minds want to know. :yup:

Jeep® Introduces New 6.4-liter V-8 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept
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• Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept’s V-8 engine amps up Jeep fun-to-drive quotient and Trail Rated 4x4 capability
• 6.4-liter V-8 engine with 392 cubic inches of displacement results in 450 horsepower,450 lb.-ft. of torque and a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds
• The Jeep brand’s exclusive Trail Rated criteria have been enhanced with the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept
• Unmatched 4x4 capability courtesy of added torque, Dana 44 axles, full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front- and rear-axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tires and a Jeep • •
• Performance Parts two-inch factory lift kit
• Robust eight-speed transmission, massive low-end torque and 3.73 gear ratio combine to deliver improved on-road performance and greater off-road capability
• Two-mode exhaust alters performance sound at touch of a button
• Custom exterior design features half doors, Granite Crystal paint and Bronze-colored accents on tow hooks, springs, shocks, wheels and badging
• Unique interior features Red Rock-colored leather seats with gold stitching and a performance steering wheel

July 13, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The last time the most recognizable vehicle on the planet was offered with a V-8 engine was in the 1981 Jeep® CJ, with its 5.0-liter V-8 that delivered 125 horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of torque. Jeep enthusiasts have been clamoring for a V-8-powered production Wrangler in recent years and the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is an indication they may soon get their wish.

The Jeep brand has introduced its new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) V-8 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds. Dana 44 axles, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front and rear axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tires and a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar combine with suspension enhancements, a more robust eight-speed transmission and the massive V-8 power plant to deliver the ultimate fun-to-drive Jeep vehicle with more off-road capability than ever in a Jeep Wrangler.

“Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler V-8 and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. “From the recently introduced 29-mpg Wrangler EcoDiesel to our award-winning Jeep Gladiator, and the upcoming Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep is clearly listening to its customers. We are anxious to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a vehicle that delivers an incredible and unmatched level of fun-to-drive performance and capability, on- and off-road.”

Power, performance and capability on- and off-road
To accommodate its 6.4-liter V-8 engine and a stronger eight-speed transmission, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features upgraded engine mounts and a modified frame. Suspension upgrades include new aluminum, monotube Fox shocks for improved damping and heat dissipation. A two-mode exhaust alters the performance sound at the touch of a button.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept boasts even more capability courtesy of third-generation Dana 44 axles, a Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials and 37-inch mud-terrain tires that wrap around custom 17-inch beadlock wheels that hold the tires to the rims under extreme lateral loads, allowing for reduced tire pressure operation and added traction.

A factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar makes way for additional suspension articulation and improved approach, breakover and departure angles. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept also features Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch and a steel belly pan – all added to help navigate the toughest off-road terrains.

The more robust eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4x4 transfer case improve overall drivability, and massive amounts of low-end torque allow for a 3.73 gear ratio, which delivers improved highway efficiency and a greater range of off-road capability.

Enhanced Jeep Trail Rated capability
The Jeep brand boasts several Trail Rated criteria, which are improved on the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, specifically:
Traction is improved courtesy of 450 lb.-ft. of torque and custom 17-inch beadlock wheels
A factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit and 37-inch tires combine to improve articulation and contribute to unprecedented levels of water fording capability (34 inches) and ground clearance (13.25 inches), as well as improved approach (51.6 degrees), breakover (29.5 degrees) and departure (40.1 degrees) angles.

Unique, custom design inside and out
The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features Granite Crystal exterior paint adorned with Bronze accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks and wheels, while featuring a heavy-duty raised performance hood with an aggressive appearance, custom half doors and Wrangler’s Sky One-touch powertop, with removable side panels for complete open-air freedom.

Inside, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features rich Red Rock-colored leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.

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NFRs2000NYC

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I was under the impression that the reason they never did (and probably wont) stick a hemi in there is because of crash testing, and it’s inability to pass.
 

WiscoHR

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I think around $6000 would be a fair price for it, considering the the diesel is $4000. I’d I gladly pay for the Hemi over the 3.6L with the eTorque. Which if you haven’t seen yet is the only way to get a gas engine in a Rubicon for 2021.


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Joebac

New member
I don't know how much room there is left for premium options, they're already so expensive its ridiculous.
I'd say I'd be willing to pay the same premium they're asking for a diesel, but clearly I wasn't willing to pay that because mine is gas.
So I guess I'm saying that I'd consider the same premium they charge for a diesel to be reasonable, even though I don't think I'd be willing to pay it.
 

Joebac

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I was under the impression that the reason they never did (and probably wont) stick a hemi in there is because of crash testing, and it’s inability to pass.

I always assumed it was fleet economy standards. But my old man's Vette got 2x better mileage than my Jeep did, so who knows
 

buffalobillh

New member
If they can produce it at all (crash test issues), this could be a VERY expensive package. I can easily see them pricing a loaded Hemi Rubicon at $65-70K+. Because they can. I agree that all the premium packages/upgrades/features have just about put the Wrangler out of reach for many people. I have a 2018 Wrangler, but I'd really like to have a Gladiator Rubicon. BUT for the same money, I can get a diesel 4x4 truck. This to say that at some price point, practicality takes over for most folks, and it likely will with a Hemi Wrangler if Jeep keeps up the premium pricing. It certainly won't attract as many Jeepers at it could. We all understand you have to pay to play, but come on...

The thing that might help tame costs and keep the price of a Hemi option from going off the chart is competition from the new Ford Bronco. If Jeep wants to throttle the competition, they ought to make a Hemi option that doesn't exceed the price of a a Bronco. But I won't wager any large sum on that.
 

MrGiant

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I always wanted a V8, in a Wrangler. I'd love it and it's features Nd I think its cool to do it. But I am very happy with my 3.6 stock Rubicon and the price will be more than I could and would want to afford. My Wrangler is double the price than my fathers Jeep and even this is more pricey than most cars from people I know.
Slowly Jeep raises the price tag too much which is sad. So I am even more happy to have to great Jeeps without, even without a V8

Mr.Giant - '92 YJ
Giant 2 - '18 JLUR
 

dpowell5523

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would be a pipe dream

I would not want to pay for it. I saw in the beginning where a JT rubicon was priced in the low to mid 40's and when it was released the dealers were tacking on a premium fee. It put them in the upper 50's. I can only imagine what they will charge for a Hemi Rubicon.
 

Well, Eddie, considering I just laid down 52-Grand for a new Rubi, I'd be willing to shell out another 10k for one with a Hemi. I don't care about zero to 60 times; I'm an off-roader. I care about crawl speeds, or lack of speed! ;)

But, I'd also shell out another 15k if they'd throw some high-pinion dana 60s on it and an atlas twin-stick. What the hell?! If they're building the ultimate Bronco Buster then go all out don't Mickey Mouse it. I think they're too concerned with the mall-crawlers and the SEMA builders. You know, 30" rims and 2" low profile tires. Too bad because I really would buy one heavy or not.

Just my .02 cents.
 

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