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Jeep teases V8 Wrangler

Is Jeep getting ready to slot a V8 engine into its most famous off-roader? A teaser picture posted on Twitter suggests the answer is yes.

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Jeep could be getting ready to bring the Wrangler Trailcat to life.

As hype for the reborn Ford Bronco builds ahead of its reveal tomorrow, Jeep has revealed a shadowy image of a Wrangler with a pumped-up bonnet bearing a ‘392’ graphic.

Translated from cubic inches to English, that correlates with 6.4 litres, the size of the HEMI V8 engine from the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

With 344kW of power and 624Nm of torque, the Grand Cherokee sprints to 100km/h in less than five seconds.

Whether the taller, blockier Wrangler (or Gladiator ute) would be capable of the same performance isn’t quite clear, but there’s no doubt it would be fast.

Jeep has played around with the idea of building a V8-powered Wrangler in the past, using its 2016 Easter Jeep Safari to show off a Hellcat-powered Wrangler Trailcat.

The two-door show car had 527kW from its supercharged engine.

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Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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