The Rubicon 392 is the most powerful Jeep ever and is also the most off-road capable. With the massive power, big tyres and a proven 4×4 system it is taking the fight to the Bronco.

The FCA-Fiat Chrysler owns Dodge, who just love to put the big V8’s into almost every car of their lineup and for the first time in 40 years-Jeep, the other brand owned by FCA has got the V8, onto the all-terrain conquering Wrangler Rubicon. This Jeep is the most powerful, fast and capable vehicle they have ever made, and the reason largely is the 6.4L V8, which follows in the footsteps of Dodge cars to post some serious acceleration figures, 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and let us not forget that the Rubicon is a heavy off-roader with chunky tyres.

What is impressive is that Jeep just did not slap a V8 onto the standard Rubicon and call it day, but rather changed several drive mechanics and other parts to supplement the boost in power. Named the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, wherein the 392 is a reference to the capacity of the engine in cubic inches i.e. 392 cubic inches, and if you think that you have heard of this engine before you wouldn’t be wrong, the same 6.4L V8 powers the Dodge Challenger, Charger, Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The 470 hp and 470 lb-ft torque producing engine is mated to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Rubicon 392 feels at home away from tarmac where the Dana 44 heavy-duty wide axles with the 17in beadlock wheels wrapped in 33in tyres are capable of overcoming almost any kind of terrain you can throw at it. Additionally in the 392 the suspension has been lifted by 2 inches over the standard Wrangler, a ground clearance of 10.3in which allows the car to just above a lot of things without issues and a wading capability of 32.5in . The suspension is now more articulate and maneuverable and features Fox shock absorbers, the approach angle is 44.5, breakover is 22.6  and departure angle is 37.5 which are considerable improvements.

It is a true off-roader, and with the big engine there are cooling improvements with the hood scoop, which incase is blocked by snow or mud, does not affect the temperatures because Jeep engineers made secondary and tertiary cooling pathways for that situation. The chassis has been reinforced to handle the increase in power and handle even more punishment, the frame rails, control arms, steering knuckles have been improved. The Dana 44 axles feature electronic sway-bar disconnect which can lend more suspension travel when needed besides the electronic locking differentials. The shocks are Fox Monotube which are designed for high-performance and comfort on the road.

You can instantly spot the 392 if you notice the bronze accents, which spell the Rubicon, present on two hooks, fox shocks, and also on the Jeep badging. The grille has also been improved to provide better cooling for the engine. Inside the interiors see bronze color stitching and 392 badging on seats which are performance oriented. The infotainment system features Uconnect which can be accessed via the 8.4in screen and can show pitch, roll, GPS, power distribution and other telemetries. Several interior and exterior features on the 392 are standard while being an option for the standard Wrangler.

Customers can also improve their Rubicon 392 with original parts and accessories from Mopar, like off-road lights, winch, suspension, wheels and bumpers for example. Built in tandem with inputs from the engineers of the car Mopar accessories complete the Jeep experience. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 will reach dealers in the former part of 2021 and is expected to cost more than $60,000 in the US, the Standard Rubicon starts at around INR 69L in India, so we expect the 392 to be much more expensive than that.

Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator