A few months ago, the Call of Duty video game franchise introduced its latest incarnation, Call of Duty: Black Ops, much to the delight of the gamers all over the world. And while the release of the game was big news in the gaming world, people in the auto industry had another reason to enjoy the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops.
We touched on this before , but we only got a glimpse of the real thing until recently. If you’ve the faintest the idea of what we’re talking about, Activision – the distributors of the video game – collaborated with Jeep to have a Jeep Wrangler featured on the game. Even better than that, that particular Jeep Wrangler that you’ll see in the game also has a real version because Jeep created a limited edition 2011 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition.
Take the game to the real world, so they say. Only this time, leave the guns in the virtual world.
Details on the Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition after the jump.
Exterior and Interior
The special edition version of Jeep’s most popular off-road vehicle comes in either a two-door model or a four-door Unlimited model and is based on the Wrangler’s Rubicon trim. The special edition Wrangler was given a completely blacked-out exterior paint that goes well with a set of mineral gray allow wheels wrapped in some pretty intimidating 32-inch off-road tires. The vehicle also happens to have some Mopar influences on it, too, including Mopar tail lamp guards and a Mopar fuel door. Oh, and there’s also a number of Call of Duty: Black Ops stickers adorned on the car.
Over at the interior, the highlights include a redesigned instrument panel and new storage areas that boast of improved ergonomics and upgraded materials. There’s also a new lockable console and upgraded door armrest areas boast comfortable touch points, while a redesigned center stack is easier to reach and operate. Heated, power mirrors are also now available, while, at the same time, drivers and passengers will enjoy enhanced visibility courtesy of larger rear windows.
The Wrangler also comes with an all-new steering-wheel controls that allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, hands-free phone, and other vehicle functions while not having to take their hands off of the wheel. There’s also a new USB interface that connects to storage devices that can be used with the vehicle’s Media Center, which now includes streaming Bluetooth audio.
For all the upgrades done on the exterior, the Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition retains the same powertrain in the form of a 3.8-Liter V6 sequential multi-port injection engine that produces 202 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 237 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The two different models – the two-door and the four-door Unlimited - are priced at $30,625 and $33,500, respectively. Best get your funding straightened out because unlike the game that costs around $60, you’re going to have to shell out a tad more money to be able to purchase the real-life Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition.
Tough to find one that can stand up to this, especially considering it’s special edition nature. Having said that, Jeep’s off-road SUV does have a rival model that can be considered a worthy competitor: Toyota’s FJ Cruiser .
The FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that produces 239-horsepower. The pronounced advantage of the FJ Cruiser’s output is right in line with the higher price tag it comes with compared to the Wrangler. But since the Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition is a very special unit catered to hardcore fans of the hit video game, we doubt that these folks would trade this one for a standard FJ Cruiser.
- Menacing look adds intimidation factor
- It’s a special edition that only a select few can boast of owning
- Video game version comes to life
- Limited quantity tilts the supply with the demand
- More ’video game’ features would’ve been nice
- Non-fans wouldn’t mistake it for an SE