• Mar 30, 2011
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, a Jeep aftermarket conversion firm from Montana, recently stuffed a Chrysler 392 Hemi between the fenders of a Wrangler for Jeep CEO Michael Manley. This is the same 392 Hemi that powers the 470-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.

According to sources close to Chrysler, the 392-powered Jeep wasn't just built on a lark. Manley's Wrangler is apparently a mule for "executive evaluation." That's Chrysler speak for "they might build it." Manley's vehicle channels its 470 hp through a six-speed manual and will reportedly slide its back end in third gear with liberal application of the throttle. All we can say is this: Build it. Right now.



[Source: MSN Autos]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      were do i sign up for the wait list?
      • 3 Years Ago
      We just finished a 6.4 swap in a 2011 JK Rubicon in our shop. The AEV kit is outstanding!!! We used the 6.4 VVT and a 545 transmission. With the AEV calpac it started on the first turn and ran like a brand new vehicle! This thing is Awesome!!! The build page is at www.wilsons4x4.com/hemi.html .
      • 3 Years Ago
      With all the talk about Chrysler/Fiat looking for a production site for their current Spanish built "super offroad" vehicle, to be used as a Hummer replacement (with short and long SUV versions, a pickup application and a military model), for Jeep and the ultimate off-road niche vehicle for wealthy boomers, nothing surprises me. I still believe that there is room in the Jeep lineup for the old Commander model as a fixed roof, extended wheelbase, 7 passanger Wrangler derivative. Wrangler front end,flush doors,Grand Cherokeelike rear and HEMI powered. "JEEP COMMANDER---- TAKE COMMAND!!!"
      Considering the Grand Wagoneer and Gladiator are all in the pipeline, a V-8 makes sense. Jeep will go from an under development Fiat based sub-compact, Compass/Patriot, Liberty,Grand Cherokee,Grand Wagoneer,Wrangler, Unlimited,Commander, Gladiator to ultimate off-road someting or other ..WOW!
      JOHN
      • 5 Months Ago
      I am getting ready to put a hemi in my 2013 AEV wrangler unlimited, now I paid it off. Wake up Chrysler ! There is a lot of us out here that would like that engine option...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrangler's are gigantic now, it's about time they started making a V8 Jeep again to provide them proper motivation.

      It would also create some extremely good buzz and give Jeep an even better product. It would probably get the same if not a little better fuel mileage to boot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It probably gets better mileage than the POS 6 that's in it right now. lmao
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess if they wanted to start towing big boats with wranglers, or climb the sides of fjords this makes sense... but it doesn't.

      I'm with the rest who'd rather see a diesel Wrangler. Hell i'd consider one myself. Hear that Jeep? You gotta a sale right here for a 4-door Wrangler with a diesel.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Chrysler/Fiat,

      Diesel ASAP in the 300, wrangler n others. Give us the options to chose what we want. Some dont want a thirsty 5.7 / 6.4L V8. Europe has all the current diesels and we used to have it in the 06-08 GC ( WK gen). Even the the hideous Caliber has a diesel!


      Sincerely,
      Potential customer in the US of A
      alexis lv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrangler Go with the V8 !!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow.

      A rocket.

      A 4x4 for the winter.

      A convertible for the summer.

      13/17 real world mileage? The only negative.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 392 in this thing wouldn't climb over boulders it would just move them.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agree with the diesel comments for a different reason: range. Even short trails eat up lots of gas, diesel could extend range by a ton, even more so because the engine could turn over more slowly for the same torque.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would be more excited if Michael Manley asked for a 3.0l CRD from VM Motori (237HP/406LbFt) and a wheelbase stretch for a potential Wrangler Pickup version... I mean AEV already does the J8 Sarge conversion!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Trouble is that a V8 Wrangler would basically become the new Hummer. It wouldn't be as big as a Hummer, but it might actually get worse gas mileage.

        Before they do something ridiculous like putting a Hemi in a Wrangler, they need to make the car more slippery (without losing the iconic looks, and they need to make a powerful, compact, economical engine. A small 4-pot diesel would be nice, but I think it would be even better to follow Ford's lead. Chop 2 cylinders off of the 4.0L and make a compact 2.7L I-4 turbo with stratospheric low-end and no lag.

        The Hemi is a marketing gimmick, imo, and it creates a great deal of cultural and political exposure.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fastcarz.vroom
        The H2 doesn't "drink fuel like an obese drunkard", its actually pretty efficient for its size. I have a H2 and it averages about 12 in the city and 15 on the highway. My friend has an all wheel drive Denali (same 6.0 V8) and the numbers are about the same (maybe .5mpg more than the H2), plus the H2 looks way cooler and can go offroad, unlike the Denali. Oh, and the newer H2s with the 6.2 V8 & 6 speed get better mileage than that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Rock climbing is about torque and gearing"

        So imagine 470 lb-ft of torque, channelling through 4:1 transfer cases, and 4.10:1 rear axle!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Their previous diesel was really pricy when gas was cheaper. I don't think they were available in California because I don't remember seeing one. Times have changed. Modern diesels aren't like the old VW diesels you got stuck behind at the red light, belching smoke and going 0 to 60 in a scant 19.4 seconds. Modern diesels go, and they go cheap! People love their Jetta diesels especially at the gas pumps. They are so good and powerful that word of mouth sells them. I know you guys have it figured out, but I don't get it. Why are the German's taking all that market segment? Can Detroit really afford to give up the diesel demand segment?
        • 3 Years Ago
        They love their diesels at the gas pumps?

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