Jeep Wrangler to Get Hemi V8?
Rumor has it that Chrysler's famed off-roader may soon come with monster power.
The engine could be the same Hemi found in the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. In that car, it produces 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, along with a suitably snarly, obnoxious exhaust note. No current production Wrangler is offered with a V8.
According to our well-placed and trustworthy tipster, a special Wrangler was built for Michael Manley, Jeep's current president and CEO. It was assembled by American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) in Montana, an aftermarket Jeep firm with strong ties to the industry and long history of Wrangler Hemi conversions. AEV has constructed concept vehicles and tested other ideas for Chrysler in the past. The Wrangler is rumored to have been built for executive evaluation, meaning we may be looking at an early iteration of a future model.
The current Wrangler derives its power from Chrysler's corporate 3.8-liter, 202-horsepower V6. It's capable, though coarse, offering decent power and economy. Its sole handicap is character — the 3.8 has nowhere near as much charm as Chrysler's long-dead, Francois-Castaing-designed 4.0-liter straight six.
A drive note on the 392 Wrangler from our tipster: "Six-speed manual with an active intake runner. Will go sideways in third if you mat the throttle."
That sounds like the best thing since ever. All you Jeep guys, start writing letters. Somebody must make this happen.
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I want 2 of these,,, dont care if it gets 8mpg... one for me, one for the wifey....
A 5.7 VVT HEMI conversion are the way to go with a Dana 44 front axel and a Dana 60 rear. This should be like the “Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which turns off four of the cylinders when V-8 power is not needed, giving customers up to a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy”. I personally will not purchase a new Wrangler until they put in a Hemi (330HP with 375 lb-ft torque and about 19 MPG), 2.8liter turbo diesel (174 HP with 339 lb-ft torque and about 30 MPG) or even a 2.5liter turbo diesel into it. I would purchase a Jeep J8 but the cost is too high. But now that I have a family a JK with a better engine is what I would prefer. The XK/Commander that we had was nice but I have always had a Wrangler. Selling my last Jeep this year… wish I had the Unlimited JK to pull the boat but not going to happen with the minivan engine that is in there now. I would love to be a test driver! Cheers