MOAB, Utah — The long-awaited 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, outfitted with a 6.4-liter V8, made its daring look on the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari. An off-roader’s play house, Moab is residence to tons of trails set among the many well-known crimson slick rock and outlying orange-colored sand dunes. Jeep fanatics trek to Moab all 12 months for off-roading enjoyable – particularly throughout the Easter Jeep Safari (in any other case generally known as EJS). Jeep invited us to check its new high-powered beast on the paths to expertise its functionality for ourselves on rocky terrain, hard-packed grime, free sand and slick rock, plus a little bit of the open highway.
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 marks the return of manufacturing facility V8 energy in a conventional Jeep-style automobile. Provided solely within the four-door Rubicon mannequin and with an eight-speed computerized, the brand new 392 arrives packing 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It clearly has loads of giddy-up, doing 0 to 60 mph in an un-Wrangler-like 4.5 seconds. That is 40% faster than a V6-powered Wrangler. From a useless cease to full-bore pace, its dual-mode exhaust with quad tailpipes growl deeply and braaaps loudly below full throttle. Passing potential shouldn’t be surprisingly distinctive when on highway, and within the sand, it flew by means of dunes throwing rooster tails. We could not wipe smiles off our faces, however watch speeds as it is simple to take all these horses above pace limits. Additionally watch your pocketbook: the 392 returns an EPA-estimated 13 mpg metropolis, 17 mpg freeway and 14 mpg mixed.
The compulsory eight-speed computerized shifts easily, effortlessly and really shortly, with well-spaced mid-range gears that pair nicely with the V8’s low-end functionality. It is good that it comes with responsive paddle shifters for a extra participating and enjoyable drive (the primary for a Wrangler), however it could be higher in the event that they have been mounted to the steering column and subsequently fastened in place for simple shifting throughout off-camber or tight turns. Moreover, unrelated push-buttons adorn the bottom-most shifter level, that are straightforward to by chance press when in technical off-pavement conditions.
The 392 has a distinct four-wheel-drive system than different Wranglers, the Selec-Trac full-time system with an energetic switch case and a 2.72 low-range gear ratio. Slightly than working in 2WD more often than not with driver-selectable 4WD excessive, impartial and 4WD low on the prepared as wanted, Selec-Trac runs in a 4WD Auto mode that continuously sends energy to the entrance and rear wheels. In any other case, and notably whereas off-roading, the system acts as you’d anticipate. The 392 additionally includes a revised transmission torque converter lockup management and the identical 48:1 crawl ratio as different automatic-equipped Rubicons.
There’s extra to the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 than its powertrain, nonetheless. The chassis options beefed-up elements together with upgraded body rails, entrance higher management arms, and forged iron steering knuckles. Upgraded entrance brakes are borrowed from the Gladiator Mojave. The rears are similar to these of the brand new Wrangler 4xe. This heavy-hitting combo shortly halts this high-horsepower beast in a wide range of terrain, offering exact management for fast braking.
Broad-track, heavy-duty Dana 44 entrance and rear axles embrace thicker axle tubes together with Tru-Lok digital locking differentials. Because it does in common Rubicons, an digital entrance sway-bar disconnect maximizes suspension journey, excellent for boulder crawling in Moab. Particularly tuned high-performance Fox aluminum monotube take up sandy whoops and path obstacles in an orderly trend, offering little driver fatigue after hours of off-road testing. This setup permits for outlined conduct and elevated journey consolation.
In wetter environments than southeast Utah, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 can traverse water as much as 32.5 inches deep. Its 10.3 inches of floor clearance is a half-inch decrease than the common Rubicon, however nonetheless a bit loftier than different Wranglers. Its method (44.5 levels) and departure angles (37.5) are higher than the common Rubicon, nonetheless, with the identical breakover of twenty-two.6 levels. Moreover, the 392’s hood scoop (which was taken from the Jeep Gladiator Mojave) isn’t merely for appears, it’s absolutely purposeful. If it turns into restricted by mud, particles or snow, a second air allowance inside the hood feeds the powerplant, permitting this path titan to succeed in high speeds even with a blocked air path (though it could take longer to get there).
There are additionally extra superior off-roading options, together with terrain-specific driving modes. This features a driver-selectable Off-road Plus mode that lets drivers lock the rear axle at excessive speeds whereas in 4WD excessive. This lets it claw by means of Moab’s sand dunes with ease. The settings additionally provide sand and rock modes. As is the case with such programs in numerous different off-roaders, these alter throttle, transmission shift factors, and traction management for superior off-road efficiency.
Visibility is satisfactory on all sides (aside from over the outsized rear passenger headrests). The seats present plentiful changes, together with a variety of peak adjustability so even short-torso drivers can see over the hood simply. The black leather-based seats showcase hefty bolsters that maintain occupants in place in off-camber conditions. With a press of a button, the Sky One-Contact Energy Prime, a $2,000 possibility, slides again permitting for an ethereal off-road expertise – excellent for taking within the surroundings or when higher inside airflow is desired.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392’s appears are outlined and daring. The hood is one other donation from the Gladiator Mojave, and there are 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels. The usual tires are BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrains measuring LT285/70R17, however our 392 had the non-compulsory Falken Wildpeaks of the identical measurement that gripped a wide range of terrain with ease, their pronounced sidewall design proving a stable match for rock crawling in tight house. And simply in case these fats tires and physique modifications are sufficient of a inform, the signature of the 392 mannequin is the bronze accents, from the entrance and rear tow hooks and exterior badges, to the springs and the beadlock-capable wheels. Bronze is best.
This undoubtedly is the costliest Wrangler the corporate has bought up to now. With a producer’s instructed retail value of $74,995 (together with $1,495 vacation spot) it’s a premium price ticket to match its options and functionality. Nevertheless, with the model’s prolific reputation, they need to haven’t any downside promoting each single certainly one of them. The V8 of yesteryear showcased a 304-cubic-inch powerplant that generated 125 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. That is clearly an enchancment. If the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is as nicely obtained by the lots because it was right here in Moab, Jeep may have one other but winner on its fingers.