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This Sure Looks Like a Hemi-Powered Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator

Road & Track logo Road & Track 11/07/2020 Fred Smith

Jeep's official Twitter account tweeted out an image of what seems to be either a Wrangler or a Gladiator with "392" marked on a massive, scooped hood earlier today. What's that about?

While the post was short on details, we can draw a few conclusions. While this could be either a Wrangler or a Gladiator, it definitely seems to hold the 6.4-liter naturally aspirated Hemi V-8 put in the 470 horsepower Grand Cherokee SRT, which comes in at 392 cubic inches and was once the namesake of a specialized Challenger SRT-8 line. Being the most common high-output Chrysler engine in current production, the engine is already a popular swap for Jeep enthusiasts, so a production model seems very possible.

The bigger concern is whether or not this is actually a production model. It could be the teaser of a realistic concept, like the Easter Jeep Safari concepts the company puts out every year. It could be a one-off, built or even just rendered for only posts like this, designed to test interest while the company considers building something on a larger scale. The most interesting possibility, though, is that this is in fact a Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator packing a startling 470 horsepower.

If that is the case, this looks like Jeep's response to the reveal of the Bronco family. The potential for a high output model of either or both flagship jeep off-roaders is an immediate headline-grabber, but the actual production models could provide both a viable competitor to Ford's much larger SVT Raptor performance truck and a sort of pony car-like escalation in what looks like a war brewing between what are now two competing full lines of compact, stylish off roaders in a category of their own.

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