Jeep Wrangler Rubicon! The long awaited answer from the Chrysler Corporation to all those who do not have too high of an opinion of Wrangler’s off-road capabilities. This is a true soldier that can pass over Land Rover Defender – another uncompromising off-roader. With its massive ‘take-no-prisoners’ bumpers, fog lights moved towards the center, heavy-duty undershield and 225/75 R17 tires it is destined to turn heads.
The name Rubicon that is used now to denote the most extreme version of Wrangler, originates from the name of a river in northern Italy, “crossing the Rubicon” means passing a point of no return. It debuted in 2007 at the North American International Auto Show and got much media coverage.
It is a serious off-road statement corroborated by the increased ground clearance, enforced Dana front and rear solid axles, and an all new 3.8 L V6 engine producing 205 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. And yet on the other side it comes with all the pleasant stuff you wouldn’t normally see on an uncompromising rover, such as 368-watt Alpine stereo, power windows and door locks, iPod integration, and a full-screen navigation system. In line with the long tradition of all Wranglers to have the possibility of roof removal – so the new modular roof is not an exception.
The power train makes a perfect match for this vehicle. The first two gears shoot this fairly light vehicle into stratosphere, and it keeps accelerating using other gears, making it such an emotional process.
Being the most extreme version of the trusted Wrangler, it is not surprising that it comes equipped with all the proper tools. First of all, it boasts the 2-step Off-Road Rock-Trac NV241 transfer case making 4:1 gear ratio possible. Secondly, there is the Active Sway Bar System which can be engaged to increase the travel of wheels on difficult terrains. And plus to all that you have the traditional differential blockings to combat wheel sleeping.
This makes it very clear why people pay money to buy this exceptional, but not overly practical vehicle. Even if not for the off-road capabilities, than at least for the cheer and increased pulse beat rate. For the ability to take off the roof and go for a ride on the beach with a nosy crew of friends. Or may be to even participate in the traditional Jeep Jamboree off-road campaign, held regularly on Rubicon Trail.