Pricing for the Wrangler starts at $29,995 in the US, $38,500 in Canada.
The 392 is not as “affordable”. Pricing for the 392 is $79,990 in the US and $101,445 in Canada.
Big V8 sound and power make this Wrangler a hoot.
Reviewing the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392 is almost completely useless. You don’t need a bozo like me to tell you that the already awesome JL generation Wrangler, in Rubicon guise, with a 6.4L V8 shoehorned into the engine bay makes for a wild ride. But I do anyway.
The current Wrangler, potentially the last ever to offer a gas-powered engine larger than a 4-cylinder, will go down in Jeep annals as theoretically the largest of its kind ever. While this statement can be argued until everyone is blue in the face and passed out on the floor, the JL is the only Wrangler that will ever get a 4-pot, a V6, a V8, a diesel and a PHEV variant. It likely won’t be the last to be offered in 13 trims, but powertrain options will never be so vast.
I love you 392
This is therefore a bittersweet hello and goodbye to, I will say here my favorite naturally aspirated modern V8 engine (yes, more so than the GT350’s incredible flat crank 5.2L and the Vette’s 6.2L). The 392-cubic-inch pushrod V8 mill is ridiculously understressed and easygoing. The engine produces 470 hp at 6,000 rpm and 470 lb.ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm and although the engine revs are relatively high, it never strains. Yes, it sounds like thunder, a volcanic eruption and an earthquake happening at the same time when the dual-mode performance exhaust system is “on”, but that’s the only drama…
Well, not exactly as launching to 60mph (97 km/h) from not takes just 4.5 seconds with the throttle wide open. If it doesn’t destroy some wannabe streetlight racers, it will scare the drivers into their mothers’ disapproving embraces. With a set of licks it would probably blow off harder. Being capable of this kind of performance is nothing for this 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392, so it carefully walks around.
The standard 8-speed automatic transmission can be gentle when shifting gears or will absolutely crush them into submission if some clown in a V6 Mustang, hell a V8 Mustang, wants to try. The only real problem with the Wrangler 392 is that the driver’s ego will inevitably swell as a sense of invincibility takes over.
Crushing it on the road and outside
Let’s say the Wrangler is matched in speed on paved roads. If so, there is a 99.9999% chance that the moment the asphalt is replaced with gravel, history will change. What happens when the road almost disappears completely? The Rubicon 392 is in its element, that’s what.
What also quickly emerges, at least in this scenario, is that I, the driver, immediately become the weak link. Like a Rubicon, this Wrangler comes standard with Selec-Trac AWD, Tru-Lok electronic locking front and rear axles and, in the case of the tested model with the Xtreme Recon package, 35-inch tires, a 4.56 rear axle ratio. Basically, off-roading with this bad boy is easy and potentially awkward. Simply put, that much power will get you out of trouble but not quite as fast as it will get you into deep doo-doo.
It can be a daily driver
Owning a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392 indicates that off-road driving is probably in your DNA. Since not all roads are paved, the good news is that it can be driven daily, despite how extreme this Jeep can be. It has to be said that the huge tires are the only limiting factor in the Fox suspension’s ability to sharp wheels up and down in motion. On flat to mostly flat surfaces, ride quality is good, but ruts and dips interfere with comfort. Another funny, because it is, side effect of the monstrously lumpy BF Goodrich tires is that steering corrections are a constant necessity.
Visually, the Rubicon 392 is stunningly good-looking. Of the nine available colors offered in 2022, the tester’s Sarge Green is eerily fitting, especially when coated with some dried mud. The 392 is Wrangler’s sergeant. Distinguishing features, in addition to the Rubicon’s unique wheels and decals, the 392 gets a massive hydroguide hood and a slightly different outward attitude.
The aforementioned Xtreme Recon package adds on top of the wheels and big tires, some small but telling wheel extensions along with a Mopar hinge reinforcement – you can probably guess why this is necessary. As for the cabin, it’s all Wrangler Rubicon with tons of tech and features.
I would also
In conclusion, and as I wrote before, reviewing this Jeep is pointless, although I am eternally grateful to Stellantis for the opportunity, because there is nothing else like it out there. Many will raise the blue oval flag and shout Braptor but it doesn’t have a V8. Period. Even if the Bronco Raptor happens to be faster than the Wrangler Rubicon 392, it doesn’t matter.
In fact, the only thing that matters is that, at roughly $102,000 (almost $110,000 for the 2023 model), it’s out of reach for almost everyone. As tested, with the packages and options including the very cool Sky One-Touch power top, the 2022 392 sold for about $116,000. For a Jeep Wrangler. And if I had the money I would.
2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392