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2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 revealed as V8-powered off-roader to bruise Ford Bronco's ego

With a 6.4-litre engine under the bonnet, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 will blitz the quarter mile in 13.0 seconds.

Jeep has finally gone official with its V8-powered Wrangler, though the model will not make its way to Australia due to its left-hand-drive-only status.

However, Jeep Australia is quick to point out that if that situation were to change, they’ll be first to put their hand up to bring the model Down Under for our V8-hungry market.

Powered by a 6.4-litre petrol V8, the flagship Wrangler variant belts out 350kW/637Nm, which is fed to all four wheels via an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission for a zero-to-97km/h (60mph) sprint in just 4.5 seconds.

For comparison, Australian-spec Wranglers are all fitted with a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine that outputs 209kW/347Nm.

Despite the dramatic increase in straight-line performance, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 retains its off-road prowess with a full-time active transfer case, heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, two-inch lift, Fox monotube shocks and 17-inch wheels shod with 33-inch all-terrain tyres.

Off-road plus, sand and rock driving modes are also available, as well as four settings for the transfer case (4WD auto, 4WD high/neutral/4WD low), to navigate tough terrain.

Ground clearance is a respectable 10.3 inches, affording a 32.5-inch water wading depth, while approach, breakover and departure angles are pegged at 44.5, 22.6 and 37.5 degrees respectively.

A unique air intake has been designed that can channel water away from the engine, while the functional hood scoop also features a secondary air pathway if the opening is covered in mud.

Underneath, Jeep has upgraded the frame rails, front upper control arms and steering knuckles to accommodate the extra grunt, while the brakes have also been overhauled for added stopping power.

Differentiating the Wrangler Rubicon is a bi-modal exhaust with quad outlets, bronze exterior accents, ‘392’badging and unique grille.

Inside, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 also scores a leather interior with bronze accent stitching and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

An 8.4-inch Uconnect multimedia touchscreen is also fitted, complete with satellite navigation, vehicle data readouts and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity.