New 2023 Jeep Wrangler 392 Concept – Earlier this summer Jeep introduced the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, and as the name suggests, it has 392 as in the 392 cubics (6.4-liter) V-8 “Hemi” iron block. It’s tuned to 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft, slightly less than the 485/475 you get in the Challenger. It is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel-drive system.
The jeep dropped the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept filled with a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 from the plant at roughly the same time. The Jeep guys said they were still “receiving feedback” on the concept, and after driving the animal, our feedback was this: Stop talking and start building.
What’s New 2023 Jeep Wrangler 392 Concept
Jeep said it was building the 2023 Wrangler 392 not as a preview of a specific production model, but proof of concept for naysayers who claim the V8 won’t fit between the agile shoulders of the off-roader. Nevertheless, company representatives hid a shy smile when asked if similar vehicles existed in the future of the Wrangler – only admitting that they witnessed a public backlash – which was almost universally positive. This writer’s fearless prediction? Expect a V8 Wrangler before 2023.
New 2023 Jeep Wrangler 392 Concept Design
What does it take for a Hemi to become a new 2023 Wrangler? Not much but shoelaces. Twist and weight are the main concerns. For the first, Jeep upgraded the frame and motor mount; for the latter, Jeep uses an upgraded Fox shock absorber. Jeep also features a dual-mode exhaust, a red leather interior, and 37-inch tires. And then there’s the hood, which stands out like a cod while struggling to contain the courage in it.
2023 Jeep Wrangler 392 Concept Engine Specs
Most importantly, the 450-horsepower New 2023 Wrangler is undeniably very resilient. Jeep claims the 392 will reach 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds, which might make it one step ahead with the 4.2-second Grand Cherokee SRT (which also boasts a 6.4-liter V8). And with 450 pound-feet of torque on tap, the New Wrangler 392 is ready to lunch every other off-roader on the market – including the rumored Bronco Raptor. Accompanied by a rough, grunting exhaust tone, the Jeep V8 felt able to shift the earth’s rotation slightly.
However, before we get too excited, there are caveats. Since the 2023 Wrangler 392 is a concept, not all of its systems are ready for prime time – therefore, stability control needs to be calibrated. Pounding the throttle at any speed results in a small dashboard light flickering and what feels like a slightly reduced power output. Meanwhile, rolling onto the pedal go slowly meant we couldn’t command the knockdown of the eight-speed automatic transmission, thereby blunting the power delivery a bit.
Read More: 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Concept
New 2023 Jeep Wrangler 392 Concept Price Release Date
Because the 392 concept was originally intended for this year’s Easter Jeep Safari, which was eventually canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it is too early to discuss potential price or fuel economy, but the ART Grand Cherokee mentioned above offers some clues. The starting price of about $65,000 won’t be out of the question for production of the 2023 Jeep Wrangler 392, representing a jump of about $36,000 on the basis of the New 2023 Wrangler (Grand Cherokee SRT demands a similar premium to Laredo). And a lighter Wrangler might get better fuel savings in the city than the GC’s 13 miles per gallon, though vertical windshields and cliff front ends might limit highway numbers to 18 or 19.
No matter the price and whatever the drink, the Wrangler 392 (or any production model that will almost certainly work) will be a hot commodity among Jeep fans. Although loads and fun to drive like a Wrangler.