Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 2021 UK review

Jeep parks a hardcore, V8-powered tank slap bang on the Ford Bronco’s lawn. The shock-and-awe factor is high, but beneath the battle gear is a very authentic and versatile car

What is it?
You could well question why Jeep selected 2021 to introduce its initial headbanging, V8-engined Wrangler in greater than 3 decades.

Today’s airwaves overflow with debate concerning exactly how finest to reduce our carbon impacts, and Jeep already toes the environmental line somewhat: it currently uses a Wrangler plug-in hybrid, with a four-pot engine and 20 or so miles of electric variety, and also a Wrangler EV is anticipated to show up soon. So certainly the whole big-boned V8 thing is simply a little passé?

Probably. But occasionally one requires to discard the handwear covers, and also for Jeep that implied revealing the flagship Wrangler Rubicon 392 (that number being 6.4 litres in cubic inches) on the very same morning in 2015 that Ford disclosed its changed Bronco.

This had not been so much swiping the limelight as stating war, and also you can see why. The Bronco is available in trim levels with names like Huge Bend and Badlands. It’s characterful as well as capable, and the manufacturing facility is lining up a fruity V6-engined Raptor variant.

Simply put, the new Ford is the largest business risk that the contemporary Wrangler has yet faced, which’s why the Rubicon 392 is right here– not to offer in large quantities yet simply to advise us that when it concerns cartoonishly likeable as well as phenomenally hard off-roaders, nobody does it like Jeep.

What’s it such as?
The 392 is quite the showpiece. That massive engine coincides naturally aspirated Hemi system found in the Dodge Opposition R/T Scat Pack, making 470bhp as well as 470lb ft. It seems gravelly and antiquated, rather than woofly as well as smooth like the twin-turbocharged V8s we get here in Europe, yet it seriously overblown (yes, there’s also a sports exhaust) and also amazing as well as it certainly finishes the job, firing the heavy Rubicon 392 to 60mph in less than 5.0 sec.

Top speed is limited to 99mph to protect the all-terrain tyres, although in truth the major advantage of the V8 over the conventional four- as well as six-cylinder engines is its throttle action and also torque outcome during entertainment crawl-speed off-roading.

The engine is mated to an automated eight-speed transmission as well as, as in any other Rubicon, you have the capacity to secure the differentials and disconnect the front anti-sway bar for extra suspension traveling on the stone fields these cars appear to love.

It’s a plaything, the 392, however a very serious one, and on British nation lanes you never ever quite drink the subliminal audio wish to unexpectedly transform hard left, rise the ditch, put a completely square-shaped hole in the hedgerow and afterwards go full-throttle throughout the fields, V8 roaring and also the tires releasing rooster-trails of mud and grass in your wake. And I make certain the vehicle would do simply that.

The primary difference in between a regular Rubicon and the 392 is that– as is apparent when you get near the latter’s monolithic type– the trip elevation is boosted by 2 inches. This is courtesy of brand-new Fox dampers, which shine from within the recesses between the tops of the 33in tires and also the signature box arches.

The increase enhances the Rubicon’s currently exceptional approach, separation and breakover angles, for also better off-road dexterity. At the back lurk four functional-looking exhaust pointers, which, together with the brand-new wade-friendly bonnet inside story and also bronze detailing, mean you’re not mosting likely to mistake the 392 for some lower Wrangler by-product. With its electrically folding canvas roof slid back and all 4 doors taken off, this is untainted Mad Max.

That said, the majority of excellent regarding the 392 is that which relates to all JL-generation Wranglers. For a body-on-frame, rigid-axle 4×4 that will make light work of genuinely evil trails, it’s incredibly easy-going when driving. The steering is slow-moving however light and also passably exact, body roll is acceptable, the trip pliant-ish and also the transmission is not just smooth-acting but has nicely tuned shift points.

Admittedly, the 392’s breeze-block percentages imply wind holler is loud at rate, and on oily B-roads the knobblies imply it will understeer like a pig, with lots of walk shuffle to surge your heart rate. Nevertheless, you have actually truly reached go trying to find this kind of thing, and because of the 392 being a ten-tenths cars and truck off roadway, you require to treat it like a six-tenths auto on roadway. Otherwise, get a Mercedes-AMG G63.

Should I get one?
It’s clearly a follower favorite, the 392: the most severe, most capable, fastest as well as most likeable Wrangler. Some declaration. Unsurprisingly, it’s also the most pricey. Jeep UK uses the four-cylinder Rubicon for ₤ 52,450, but the US-only 392 is being imported by London supplier Clive Sutton using Sweden, where its lights are made homologation-friendly for UK type-approval, and will certainly cost you ₤ 105,000.

Yes, that’s a great deal of money, but it’s not horrible worth. The Land Rover Protector 110 V8 prices ₤ 101,000 as well as the G63 ₤ 162,000, and while the 392 isn’t quite so car-like as well as reassuringly laid-back to drive as them, it’s stone’s throw off. It will certainly likewise happily trundle down routes that you daren’t take with the Europeans.