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Jeep Wranger Could Get A V-8


It's still speculation right now, but there are rumors that Chrysler might be planning to shoehorn a version of the new 392 cubic inch (6.4-liter) Hemi V-8 into, of all things the Jeep Wrangler.

Traditional Jeeps haven't had a factory V-8 option since the CJ series under AMC, with was replaced by the original Wrangler for the '87 model year. However, recently, a company called American Expedition Vehicles, based in Montana, took one of the new Hemis and installed into a Wrangler for Jeep CEO Mike Manley to drive.

AEV might be an aftermarket company, but it has strong ties to OE Automotive business and a long history of modifying Jeep Wranglers, as well as building some concept vehicles for Chrysler, so if there's chance of a V-8 Wrangler making production, these guys would certainly be the ones to help make that happen.

In the meantime, the current Jeep Wrangler, although generally well received and popular, especially the four-door Unlimited version, has still been criticized for it's 3.8-liter V-6, which just hasn't struck a chord among Jeep aficionados, at least not in the same way that the old AMC straight-six did; a V-8 option would certainly go along way to give the current model greater appeal.

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2 words.

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Thats awesome. Honestly I think a small cummins would be the best for hitting the trails with all the low end tq.

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^^^ That would be awesome....

I think the wrangler would be sweet with a hemi in it!

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I highly doubt this will happen due to CAFE standards.

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I highly doubt it because RS said no.
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AEV is a division of chrysler.....there are ZERO plans of a production hemi in the JK. I know.
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AEV is NOT a division of Chrysler. They are an independant company that sometimes has done show vehicles for Chrysler. They are in no way tied to Chrysler other then as a supplier. I'm sure you are correct though that there is no plans for a production Hemi wrangler, especially with a 6.4L as that engine is reserved for SRT versions only. A production 5.7L eagle would be a more logical choice but it's still not going to happen.

CAFE is gonna kill the OEMs in 2016. 36mpg fleet AVERAGE(both car and truck) by 2016 is not going to be an easy task. That includes all cars and trucks. to put it this way, for every Hemi powered truck that gets 18mpg, they have to build a car that gets 54mpg, or two cars that get 45mpg. No full line auto manufacturer in the industry can meet that standard now, let alone in 3 years (development time is only 3 years until MY2016). Credit for flex fuel vehicles go away by then too which are not going to help things either. I'm betting that standard is going to change by the time it's implemented.

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AEV is NOT a division of Chrysler. They are an independant company that sometimes has done show vehicles for Chrysler. They are in no way tied to Chrysler other then as a supplier. I'm sure you are correct though that there is no plans for a production Hemi wrangler, especially with a 6.4L as that engine is reserved for SRT versions only. A production 5.7L eagle would be a more logical choice but it's still not going to happen.

CAFE is gonna kill the OEMs in 2016. 36mpg fleet AVERAGE(both car and truck) by 2016 is not going to be an easy task. That includes all cars and trucks. to put it this way, for every Hemi powered truck that gets 18mpg, they have to build a car that gets 54mpg, or two cars that get 45mpg. No full line auto manufacturer in the industry can meet that standard now, let alone in 3 years (development time is only 3 years until MY2016). Credit for flex fuel vehicles go away by then too which are not going to help things either. I'm betting that standard is going to change by the time it's implemented.

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Big 3 need to start bringing their diesels from over seas, especially for trucks. If they don't start bringing over or designing new diesels they are gonna be f'd with the new standards. Everyone, even Land Rover has badass diesels overseas.
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Foreign diesels do not meet our emissions requirements. Thats why you don't see any of them.
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