That’s a befitting reply to Ford’s continuous onslaught on Jeep ever since the Bronco was announced

Just a couple of days before the highly anticipated launch of the 2021 Bronco, Jeep decided to have some fun. The automaker put up a post of Facebook showing the Wrangler’s hood with "392" written on it. It could even be the Gladiator’s hood, but given the timing, we’re more inclined towards it being the Wrangler’s hood.

Anyway, the 392 denotes a 6.4-liter, V-8 HEMI engine that enthusiasts have craved to have in the Wrangler, but the automaker never obliged. With the Bronco’s launch just around the corner, this is Jeep’s way of stealing the former’s thunder. Has it caught everyone’s attention? Oh yes!

Is a Jeep Wrangler SRT On The Cards?

The Wrangler is arguably the best mainstream off-roader on sale today.

While it checks almost all the boxes, the only thing that the enthusiasts have lured for is a powerful V-8 engine that would make the whole experience a lot better

. Presently, you’d see a lot of owners swapping the stock mills for HEMI V-8s. Aftermarket companies like Hennessey have filled this void for a long time, but despite this, the company never offered one. But, thanks to the Ford Bronco, we might get a V-8 under the Wrangler’s hood.

Jeep posted an image of either the Wrangler or the Gladiator with a new hood that has “392” written on its side. Since both the vehicles have near-identical front ends – from this angle at least – it’s tough to decipher which product this is. But, given that the Bronco is all set to debut, we’re guessing it’s the Wrangler. The 392 essentially denotes a 6.4-liter, V-8 HEMI engine that is seen under many FCA vehicles.

Jeep Hopes to Fend Off the Ford Bronco by Giving the Wrangler More Standard Equipment Exterior
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The same engine packs 475 ponies and 470 pound-feet of torque in Dodge Durango SRT and the Grand Cherokee SRT.

So, we could see similar numbers here as well. Generally, this mill is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but it’ll be interesting if Jeep offers a manual gearbox here. Just imagine an off-roader with a V-8 engine and a manual gearbox. Bliss!

2018 Dodge Durango SRT specifications
Engine 6.4-liter Hemi V-8
Horsepower 475 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 470 LB-FT @ 4,300 RPM
Transmission TorqueFlight Eight-speed automatic
0-60 mph 4.4 seconds

Conclusion

Jeep Hopes to Fend Off the Ford Bronco by Giving the Wrangler More Standard Equipment Exterior
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There is no other information on this, but we can expect Jeep to reveal a few more details very soon and distract people from Bronco’s hype. What are your thoughts on Jeep Wrangler SRT or a Gladiator SRT? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Source: Jeep Facebook

Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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