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Jeep Scrambler 392 Concept

The Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8) was the Jeep brand's first convertible which debuted in 1981. This distinctive little pickup truck was very competent and adaptable, comparable to the CJ-7, but with a larger 103-inch wheelbase and a lengthy rear overhang for improved luggage space.

Fast forward four decades, and the Jeep Scrambler 392 idea adds a powerful twist to the CJ-8's fun, open-air roots. Since a V-8 engine was never available in the CJ-8, the 392 Scrambler concept's 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine provides outstanding power and terrific torque (470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque).

The Jeep Scrambler 392 concept, which began as a four-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, stresses lightweight off-road performance with unique carbon-fiber bodywork. The modification highlights the Scrambler's new two-door appearance with an open-air freewheeling personality. The windscreen is set back by 12 degrees to match the lower roof. The altered silhouette pays homage to chopped top hotrods.

The recently introduced AccuAir air suspension package created for the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator is one of the most interesting elements on the Jeep Scrambler 392 prototype. This technology provides for changeable suspension lift ranging from 1.5 to 5.5 inches, which can be customized on the fly using an in-cab controller or long-range Bluetooth on a portable smartphone.

The sculptural rear quarter panel is intended to draw attention to the door opening and broader rear flares. A new front wing flare and a carbon-fiber hood are also part of the redesigned bodywork. The Jeep Scrambler 392 concept's monstrous 392-cubic-inch engine is highlighted by a tinted transparent insert in the center of the bonnet. New front and rear lightweight bumpers, as well as redesigned fender flares, increase clearance for a wider tyre and wheel combination.

The Jeep Scrambler 392 concept rides on special 20-inch rims wrapped in 40-inch tyres. The rims and tow hooks are coated in the same Brass Monkey color as the factory Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392.

TopGear Magazine July 2024