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on November 17, 2020 at 11:32 am

The functional hood scoop is a big giveaway that this Jeep’s got a Hemi. (Image/Jeep)

Not since the venerable Jeep CJ of the early 1980s has a V8 engine been found under the hood of a stock “Universal” Jeep.

Until today, when Jeep revealed its 392 Hemi-powered Wrangler Rubicon JL.

You read that right. After teasing a V8 concept during the summer, Jeep has committed to put the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 into production.

The big reveal happened on Jeep’s YouTube Channel.

Wrangler owners have been clamoring about a V8 option for years and, until today, have had to make do with aftermarket swaps.

Jeep says its 6.4L Hemi is good for 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. At this time, it looks like it can only be paired with the TorqueFlight eight-speed auto.

Power is sent to a Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case on its way to Dana 44 axles with electronically locking diffs.

Jeep teased its 392 concept earlier this summer. (Image/Jeep)

Externally, the first thing you’ll notice is the Wrangler Rubicon 392’s functional hood scoop, followed by its stock 33s on beadlock-capable wheels and two inch suspension lift.

And Jeepers will also welcome the return of the popular half-doors that disappeared briefly with the recent redesign.

The fine folks at JLWranglerForums have posted a several page thread that goes deep into the specs and technical nitty-gritty. It’s got a nice photo dump there too.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is expected to go on sale in early 2021.

The 392 cubic inch/6.4 liter Hemi engine under the hood of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392. (Image/Jeep)

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