2021 Jeep Wrangler Limitless Rubicon 392 Quick Info
6.4-liter V8 (470 horsepower @ 6,000 RPM, 470 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM)
Eight-speed computerized transmission, four-wheel drive
13 metropolis / 17 freeway / 14 mixed (EPA Ranking, MPG)
18.5 metropolis / 14.1 freeway / 16.5 mixed. (NRCan Ranking, L/100km)
Base Worth: $73,500 (U.S) / $101,445 (Canada)
As Examined: $78,545 (U.S.) / $111,445 (Canada)
Costs embrace $1,495 vacation spot cost in the US and $1,895 (as much as $2,795) for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be instantly in contrast. Word: This trim wasn’t out there in Canada in 2021 however was added to the lineup for 2022, so Canadian numbers are primarily based on the 2022 MY.
Nobody wants a V8 in a Jeep Wrangler. However typically manufacturers do issues simply because they will. Which is the case with this specific Jeep – there’s a freakin’ Hemi underhood, for no different cause than Jeep can do it.
Properly – there’s one different cause. The corporate can rake in some severe money.
That’s as a result of including the 6.4-liter V8 provides lots of heft to the worth tag. My take a look at automobile stickered for almost 80 grand.
Eighty grand for a Wrangler. One which exterior of the V8 and the Rubicon off-road trim – one thing that’s out there with different powertrains – provides little or no to the general Wrangler expertise.
That mentioned, the additional energy – and the exhaust burble, particularly when the dual-mode exhaust system is ready accurately – are appreciated. I’ve pushed many a Wrangler, and the 392 is the primary I’ve piloted that had true passing punch. It is likely to be overkill, however who cares? At the very least till it’s time to refuel – which it will likely be typically.
Editor’s notice: Though we’re nicely into 2022, we’ll nonetheless be operating critiques of some 2021 fashions, notably fashions that don’t change considerably for 2022. That’s partially as a result of these fashions are vital to the market, partially as a result of yours really needed to back-burner some critiques whereas engaged on different inside initiatives, and partially as a result of some 2021s are nonetheless within the press fleet. Certainly, I only in the near past examined a 2021 Bronco.
Selecting this Wrangler with the Rubicon trim will get you the 6.4-liter V8 (470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, Fox shocks, water fording of as much as 32.5 inches, 33-inch tires, 2-inch elevate, eight-speed computerized transmission, and a 48:1 crawl ratio.
V8 apart, you’ve got the bog-standard Wrangler expertise, that means a wandering freeway journey that requires frequent steering corrections, loads of street and wind noise intruding at velocity, and a bouncy journey. It’s not all dangerous, after all – the trendy Wrangler’s inside is a pleasing place to do enterprise, Uconnect stays one of many higher infotainment programs on the market, and there are many off-road goodies, particularly in Rubicon fashions, that you should use must you like having off-pavement adventures.
This writer had an journey, all proper. I took this Wrangler off-road and it acquitted itself in addition to another Wrangler would, although the additional torque appeared pointless on slicker surfaces (even 4WD engaged and axles locked appropriately). You may want the V8 for its burble, passing energy, or wretched extra, however you most likely received’t want the additional oomph off-road.
Right here’s the purpose of this piece the place I ‘fess up – simply like with the Ford Raptor from just a few years in the past, I acquired caught. Large time. It was an identical scenario – went too sluggish right into a water-filled gap and had no traction to get out. In my protection, a part of the explanation I didn’t simply blast by way of was that the path was slick and there have been bushes on all sides – an excessive amount of throttle would’ve doubtless resulted in fishtailing that might’ve bent sheetmetal.
I felt slightly bit higher about my dumbassery when the park ranger who winched me and my companion out instructed us that the identical mud gap had killed a Mojave Gladiator the week earlier than. Higher, as a result of the Mojave is simply as succesful because the Rubicon and this water gap took out two imply machines, but additionally worse, as a result of the Gladiator was apparently closely broken.
As for this take a look at rig, it acquired us residence, with no apparent drivability points whereas shifting. That mentioned it, it stopped operating at any time when it was positioned in Park.
I dug round some boards after the incident and located that different Wrangler house owners have reported the identical problem occurring after off-roading in the event that they acquired a bit too soiled. Maybe rocks or dust/mud acquired someplace they shouldn’t and have been inflicting hassle.
I additionally tried to choose Jeep’s mind in regards to the incident – after apologizing profusely, after all – however was instructed that whereas Jeep PR wouldn’t maintain what occurred in opposition to me (shit occurs off-road, no sheetmetal was bent, I apologized, I used to be clear, et cetera), they would favor to maintain any classes realized inside. I did hear that maybe the trans was changed, although I couldn’t verify it.
To be clear, I’m not saying the Jeep failed its off-road take a look at – I’m the one who failed. And the Jeep will get credit score – it acquired us residence. So you probably have your eyes on this Jeep in Rubicon trim, relaxation assured it’s simply as succesful as another Wrangler I’ve examined, and it fell sufferer to a nasty resolution. I’ll additionally give a shout-out to the air-intake system for holding the Jeep operating even when semi-submerged.
Unhealthy days on the off-road park apart, the V8 Wrangler expertise, particularly in Rubicon trim, is very like the expertise in most different Wranglers – you’re requested to sacrifice some consolation, in addition to journey/dealing with, for off-road functionality. Right here you’re additional requested for extra sacrifice – a a lot bigger money outlay and even worse gasoline economic system. The trade-off is a severe enhance in energy that’s fairly helpful on street, and will or could not assist off-pavement, relying on the scenario – typically, extra energy is useful, typically it’s pointless and even counterproductive.
Apart from the engine, what does 80 grand get you? Full-time four-wheel drive, after all, and a 3.73 rear-axle ratio. Different commonplace options embrace locking entrance and rear axles, distant begin, tow hooks, keyless entry and beginning, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic detection, heated entrance seats, Uconnect, Alpine audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, audio, USB ports, Bluetooth, 17-inch wheels, three-piece body-color hardtop, fender flares, and computerized temperature management.
Non-obligatory options included the Firecracker Purple paint, a towing package deal, a cargo package deal, all-weather flooring mats, off-road digital camera, and Jeep’s one-touch energy prime (replaces the body-color hardtop). The out-the-door value, together with the $1,495 vacation spot cost, was $78,545.
These dismal gasoline economic system numbers I hinted at? 13/17/14. Yeesh.
As soon as I shook off the disgrace of getting caught (once more) and put the Wrangler in correct perspective, I walked away with blended emotions. Placing a V8 in a Wrangler sounds good, and whenever you tromp the gasoline, you perceive why Jeep did it. However the further energy might be not mandatory for many off-roading. I’m not even positive it’s all that useful on-road – sure, I talked about how this Wrangler has way more passing punch than most, however the different powertrains on supply aren’t completely anemic. They will do most passing and merging work with out a lot drama, particularly when you’re affected person.
Youthful me would simply, with out a lot thought, say “screw it, V8 all of the issues”. Older, extra skilled me says placing a V8 in a Wrangler is loads like shopping for first-class airfare – it’s much more costly and positively extra enjoyable, however not strictly mandatory.
What’s New for 2021
The supply of V8 energy and upgraded off-road functionality.
Who Ought to Purchase It
Those that completely, positively want V8 energy of their Wrangler – and might afford the funds. And the gasoline.
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