The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 will mix the go-any where ability of a Jeep’s legendary off-roader with the grunt of a V8 for the first time in a long time. As great as that is, we can not support but consider Jeep is lacking out on a huge possibility to pair that 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with the Wrangler’s pickup cousin, the Jeep Gladiator, in the sort of a Mojave 392.
Autoblog took part in a media Q&A session with Jeep ahead of the Rubicon 392’s announcement in which the firm’s product or service higher-ups stated that there are now no official options to make a 392 variant of the Gladiator pickup. But whether or not Jeep has strategies, it unquestionably has precedent, and from our standpoint, a sector.
Rewind to 2008, improved recognised as one of the worst probable a long time to introduce a gas-guzzling, V8-run pickup truck. Enter the 2009 Hummer H3T Alpha, the first variant of Hummer’s midsize truck/SUV hybrid to be provided with a 5.3-liter V8. The 300-horsepower modest-block was an enhance to the durable but rather uninspiring 3.7-liter inline-5 that the H3 lineup had inherited from its midsize pickup platform mates.
As our Jeremy Korzeniewski observed in the Rubicon 392’s introductory piece, an open up-leading Jeep has not been presented with an optional V8 for as very long as the “Wrangler” nameplate has existed. The very last Jeep 4×4 to do so was continue to a CJ, or civilian Jeep, and the 304 cubic-inch motor came from American Motors Company. Incidentally, this era of the Wrangler is also the to start with to be made available in a pickup variant. Cue the beard-stroking.
Now, frankly, it’s not even remotely honest to review the H3T’s powertrain choices to the 10 years-newer Gladiator’s, but the Hummer really boasts a handful of strengths in excess of Jeep’s fashionable pickup. Although most of the Jeep’s off-highway specs give it an edge, the Gladiator will not occur near to the H3T’s 30.1-degree departure angle, for occasion. And in far more simple phrases, the stubbier H3T has other maneuverability advantages.
The Gladiator has 3″ of wheelbase and 5″ of total size on the H3T, and a 22.4-foot turning radius to clearly show for it. The Hummer’s? Just 18.5′. This is all the extended way ’round to stating that regardless of being 12 yrs old, the Hummer H3T is just as competent as any modern day off-highway pickup, and involving individuals skills and the confined operate of the V8 Alpha model, stays very sought-immediately after and worthwhile on the utilised industry.
Even FCA’s personal product or service planners know that truck customers enjoy V8s, additionally, a truck mattress will make an highly-priced toy a little bit more realistic. So, what could be much better than a fresh new get on the midsize V8 off-highway truck?