Jeep’s most iconic vehicle adds yet another variant for 2021 with the introduction of the Wrangler Rubicon 392, which packs a V-8 under the hood of the Off-roader and it’s ready to tear up asphalt as well as sand, dirt, rocks, trails
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 is available only with a four-door body style and an eight-speed automatic (no manual gearbox), sending power to all four wheels.
This is the exact same naturally aspirated unit that powers the 392 variants of the Dodge Challenger, Charger, Durango as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Unlike the concept with its 450 horses, the production Wrangler Rubicon 392 is good for 470 HP and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque.
These are very impressive figures for a Wrangler, and help send this 392 model from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds. As for its 1/4 mile time, that would be 13 seconds flat.
The Rubicon 392 can also wade through 32.5 inches of water despite the gaping hood scoop feeding air to the big Hemi V8. It uses a Hydro-Guide air intake system with tri-level ducting that directs water away from the mill, even if waves break over the hood. Additionally, should the hood get covered in mud – as often happens in the Wrangler world – this air inlet system will still function safely even if the driver demands full throttle.
Speaking of which, the Rubicon 392 gets a full-time Select-Track 4WD system with a 2.72 low-range gear ratio. Four selectable modes include 4WD Auto, 4WD High, Neutral, and 4WD Low. Dana 44 axles front and rear have thicker axle tubes, and for sticky off-road situations, electronic locking differentials and an electronic disconnect for the front sway bar are still there. Furthermore, Jeep says nearly all the Hemi V8’s torque is available very low in the rev range for gentle crawling over rough terrain. Going downhill, a 48:1 crawl ratio means drivers can use the Hemi’s displacement as an effective engine brake.
As for the interior, you get leather seats with bronze stitching to match the bronze accents on the exterior, as well as a standard 8.4 inch touchscreen display. Meanwhile, accessories such as LED lights, rock rails and winches will be available courtesy of Mopar.
Jeep also doesn’t mention a price, but it’s a safe bet this will be the most expensive Wrangler in the lineup.We expect to see pricing information closer to the 392’s on-sale date, which comes some time in the first quarter of next year.