When the first factory powered Jeep Wrangler in over four decades first made its appearance back in November, the world was pleasantly surprised. Granted, it was an obvious attempt by FCA to steal attention away from the revived Ford Bronco but the notion of a Wrangler being infused with the same 6.4 liter Hemi V8 seen in other SRT products was very enticing. Early pricing for the Wrangler 392 had emerged, and be prepared to pay accordingly for the chance to have some V8 powered Wrangler fun.
It costs more than the Ram TRX, for real
This information does not come from Jeep themselves, but instead comes from JLWranglerForums with a member there posting a screenshot of his order sheet for his Wrangler 392. The shocker here is the price, with the documents revealing that his Wrangler costs $77,055. That’s a lofty but expected sum for the Wrangler 392 but it also comes with an asterik. In this instance, the buyer ordered two pieces of optional equipment for his ride with the tow package and the dual tops being equipped. As a result they help add some flab to the sticker ($12,00 and $795 respectively), and are not reflective of the true base price for the V8 Wrangler.
Take away those two options, and the base price appears to be somewhere around $75,000 which would make a base Wrangler 392 more expensive then the more powerful Ram TRX. The TRX in contrast starts at $71,690 but comes with a supercharged Hellcat V8 that makes just over 700 horsepower. The TRX is also designed to be the final word (for now) on high performance off-road trucks versus the Wrangler 392 which was designed more as a what if concept brought to life.
Trail smashing performance
But don’t let that fool you because the Wrangler 392 promises to still deliver solid trail ready performance that will make it worth every penny. As mentioned prior, power comes from a 6.4 liter naturally aspirated V8 that’s good for 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to help rocket the Wrangler to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and also help the Wrangler be a very unusual choice for weekend track work.
But when you leave the raceway and enter the Wrangler’s natural habitat in the outskirts of town there’s still plenty of off-road focused upgrades to help make the Wrangler 392 a solid trail focused billy goat. That includes meatier off-road tires, suspension upgrades, as well as an infusion of heavy duty off-road equipment to make the 392 just as potent on the trails as its slightly more mainstream cousins.
When can I buy a 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392?
The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 is just about ready to make its way to showrooms, but buyers will have to wait just a bit longer for their chance to take delivery, with the first examples expected to roll out of the factory early next year. We hope that Jeep representatives will reveal the official pricing by then as well as what buyers can expect in terms of optional extras.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.