The 470HP Jeep Rubicon 392 V8 Is The Most Powerful Wrangler Ever

Although aftermarket customizers had been shoehorning Chevy engines into Jeeps for some time, it was under Kaiser’s ownership of the brand that the first production CJ came to feature a V8 — the Buick Small Block. It was an upgrade that gave the iconic off-roader a power-to-weight ratio comparable to that of a muscle car. However, with the introduction of the YJ Wrangler in 1986, Jeep nixed the option, instead offering a trio of inline units.

Now, after nearly 40 years, the V8 finally makes its return to the Wrangler with the Rubicon 392. Under the hood, it hides a massive 6.4L engine that puts out some 470hp and 470lb-ft of torque. The result is a blistering 0-60mph of just 4.5 seconds, making it the quickest and most powerful Wrangler ever. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it features all-time 4WD. And in order to make its all-terrain potential really shine, Jeep has fitted the 392 with a series of off-road upgrades. For instance, it gains wide track Dana 44 axles, Fox shocks, and a set of 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels wrapped in 33-inch all-terrain tires. Thanks to its 10.3 inches of ground clearance, it can ford up to 32.5 inches of water. It should cost about $60,000 come 2021.

Purchase: $60,000+