Light and trim is the way to go

The annual Easter Moab Safari is about to kick off in Utah, and Jeep is celebrating with a variety of tuned-up off-roaders that are ready to tackle the epic scenery. Joining the fun in this beefy-looking dark silver machine dubbed the Jeep 4SPEED, and it brings a host of upgrades designed to cut out some serious weight and make it even more capable on the challenging terrain it’ll face off the beaten path.

Continue reading to lear more about the Jeep 4SPEED.

What Makes The Jeep 4SPEED Special

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The 4SPEED continues the theme of lightness and agility but cutting out unneeded heft at every opportunity.

Much like the Pork Chop concept and the Stitch concept, which arrived at the Moab Safari in 2011 and 2013 respectively, the 4SPEED continues the theme of lightness and agility but cutting out unneeded heft at every opportunity.

To kick off the off-roader’s diet, Jeep went with a sizable dose of everyone’s favorite weight-savings material, carbon fiber. The composite was added everywhere on the exterior, including as a replacement for the hood, the flared-out fenders, and the rear tub. In back, there’s a selection of perforated aluminum panels as well, with additional lightweight bodywork to keep it evenly footed front to back.

Moving into the sides, we see the Jeep 4SPEED gets a raked windshield, longer door opening, and a sweptback roll cage, all of which combine to give it a new profile. It’s also quite a bit taller thanks to its 2.0-inch lift.

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Additional off-roading gear includes the installation of Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.1- gear ratio.

Further dimensional alterations are seen with the overall length of the vehicle, which was shortened by a full 22 inches in this build. However, despite cutting down on the front and rear extensions, the wheelbase remains unaltered, which helps to increase the approach and departure angles of the off-roader.

Additional off-roading gear includes the installation of Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.1- gear ratio. These drive 18-inch wheels with a lightweight monoblock construction in the corners, with the power hitting the terrain courtesy of Mud Terrain rubber from BF Goodrich measuring in at an impressive 35 inches.

Finishing it off is a custom instrument panel in the interior, plus seats trimmed in fresh upholstery. The rear seats were tossed out, while a welding curtain was repurposed as a bikini top to cover it up. The color scheme is a bright sky blue in the interior, which does well to brighten the vehicle up against the black and dark silver exterior. Meanwhile, the cabin floor gets a bedliner material for extra protection, and the foot wells use aluminum panels.

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Light, quick and nimble, the Jeep 4SPEED concept is the latest in a line of lightweight Easter Jeep Safari concepts. Built “4SPEED,” this latest lightweight concept, following the popular Pork Chop concept in 2011 and Stitch concept in 2013, bolsters Wrangler’s off-road capability and performance through extensive weight savings, and showcases the all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine.

On the exterior, the Jeep 4SPEED concept features custom weight saving measures including a carbon fiber hood, high-clearance carbon fiber fender flares and a carbon fiber rear tub with perforated aluminum panels. The 4SPEED concept boasts a sleek side profile courtesy of a raked windshield, elongated door openings and an aggressively swept back custom cage. The rear of the concept utilizes custom, lightweight bodywork, and because of the combined weight savings, 4SPEED’s ride height is two inches higher than a stock Wrangler.

In addition to being lightweight, overall length has been shortened by 22 inches while leaving the wheelbase at its stock length, resulting in increased approach and departure angles.

For even more capability, Jeep 4SPEED features Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10 gear ratio and 18-inch lightweight monoblock wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires.

The interior features a customized instrument panel, and re-trimmed front seats, while the rear seats have been removed and a welding curtain has been repurposed as a bikini top. The floor has been bedlined and the foot wells have been replaced with perforated aluminum panels.

The Jeep 4SPEED is powered by a 2.0-liter I-4 turbocharged engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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