jeep published this slightly blurry teaser of an apparently hemi-packed wrangler or gladiator on his Twitter feed this morning as an opening salvo against his new rival, the long-awaited, highly leaked one Ford Bronco Just a few hours after the Bronco showed its face again before its planned massive multimedia debut.
You can probably see the number 392 engraved on the hood of this jeep. Of course, this refers to Chrysler’s 6.4-liter V8 with 392 cubic inches HEMI Engine, now in the third generation with 485 hp and 475 lb.-ft torque. While this is a popular combination for wranglers and gladiators in the aftermarket, there has never been a vehicle in the Wrangler family that came with the SRT emblem from the company. Customers currently have three engine options for their 2020 Wrangler, the most powerful of which is the 3.6-liter V6 with 285 hp and 260 lb.-ft torque. The Gladiator receives this engine and a recently announced EcoDiesel option for some borders.
Now I don’t want to raise your hopes. Teasers are frustrating because they have a lot of hype and little information, but this is a step that makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s not a bad time to steal Ford’s thunder (and hopefully market share) with a combo. Jeep fans have been thirsty for some time. Jeep’s then CEO Michael Manley (now CEO for the entire FCA) played with the idea a long time ago in 2011 and maybe it was only now that it was possible to create a business model for a Wrangler SRT, thanks in part to the increasing popularity of offroading and overlanding. I mean there is a Dodge Durango SRT now. There is no excuse not to build this.
However, what enthusiasts should definitely not hold their breath is a jeep packed with Hellcat, since 707-PS were also considered widespread dangerous for the company’s box-shaped off-roader. This does not mean that you cannot find shops that are ready to build you such a suicide machine. To be honest, save your penny, the charms of a jeep cannot be found on a time scale from 0 to 60.