Why the Jeep Wrangler 392 Price is a Bargain

Christian Wardlaw | Feb 25, 2021

If you’ve always wanted a Jeep Wrangler with a factory-installed V8 engine, now is your chance to get one. But it’s going to cost some serious coin. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 price starts at $73,500, not including the destination charge of $1,495.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Gray Top Down Half Doors

To understand the value in that price tag, you should keep a few things in mind:

  • Sourcing a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with the 545RFE transmission and buying a Wrangler V8 conversion kit will cost you about $11,000, according to WranglerForum.com. And that’s if you’re willing and able to perform the powertrain swap yourself, including ownership of all of the necessary tools and equipment.
  • The new Wrangler Rubicon 392 is not using a 5.7-liter V8. It has a much more powerful 6.4-liter V8 producing 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • A standard Wrangler Rubicon equipped to the same level as the Rubicon 392 costs $58,695 plus destination. That shrinks the price premium for the Wrangler 392 to $14,805.
  • There is more to the Wrangler Rubicon 392 than an engine. It’s got a 2-inch factory suspension lift, Fox high-performance shocks, unique suspension geometry, upgraded frame rails, heavy-duty brakes, a Hydro-Guide air intake system, beadlock-capable wheels, and a throaty active dual-mode exhaust system.
  • Plus, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 has a factory warranty and, through the Jeep Wave customer care program, you get three years of free scheduled maintenance.

Suddenly, that do-it-yourself project doesn’t seem like a good idea. Unless, of course, you’re starting with a used Wrangler that’s half the price. And you’ve got all the time in world.

Also, in other news, the half-doors seen in the photo above are now available to Wrangler owners. They cost between $2,350 and $4,395, depending on body style and upper window assemblies.

Jeep and WranglerForum.com are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on February 25, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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