Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Final Edition: The Last V8 Jeep (Or Is It?)

In the world of Jeep enthusiasts, the announcement of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Final Edition was a monumental moment. Touted as the last V8 Jeep ever to be produced, it marked the end of an era. However, in a surprising twist, the story doesn’t end there. Stay with jeepadvices, as we dive into the details of what makes the Rubicon 392 Final Edition so special, and uncover the unexpected news that has left the Jeep community buzzing. Whether you’re a die-hard Jeep fan or just a lover of powerful off-road vehicles, this review is for you. Let’s explore the unique features, the driving experience, and the future of the V8 Wrangler in what promises to be an unforgettable journey.

A Huge Thank You

Before we jump into the details, I want to extend a huge shoutout and thank you to Doug Smith Jeep in American Fork, Utah, for giving me some time with this incredible Wrangler. You can find a link to their website in the description below, along with a link to my car buying guide for those interested in making a purchase.

History and Legacy

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon series, named after the legendary Rubicon Trail, has set the standard for off-road vehicles since its introduction. The Rubicon 392, with its powerful V8 engine and advanced 4×4 capabilities, has pushed the boundaries even further. Over the years, the Rubicon 392 has become synonymous with adventure, conquering trails and terrains that few other vehicles can match. The Final Edition marks the end of an era, celebrating the milestones and achievements that have defined the Rubicon 392.

The history of the Rubicon series is steeped in off-roading excellence. Introduced in 2003, the Rubicon was designed to tackle the toughest terrains with ease. Its robust construction, combined with innovative features like the Rock-Trac 4×4 system and electronic locking differentials, made it a favorite among off-road enthusiasts. The Rubicon 392, introduced in 2020, took this legacy further by adding a powerful V8 engine to the mix, offering unparalleled performance both on and off the road.

Key Features of the Final Edition

Under the Hood

The heart of the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Final Edition is a naturally aspirated 6.4L Hemi V8 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This powerful combination delivers 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy stands at 13 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway. Enjoy this view, as it was supposed to be the last time we’d see a V8 in a Jeep.

Exterior Features

Starting with the hood, you’ll notice a special decal in the center, accompanied by 392 badges on either side. The hydro guide sits prominently in the center, and the Rubicon branding features a stylish bronze accent. The upgraded headlights and new grille for the 2024 model year add to the vehicle’s aggressive look. The front end is completed with recovery points, a factory-integrated winch, fog lights, and an upgraded bumper, all ready for off-roading adventures.

Wheels and Side Profile

The wheel setup is 315x70x17 in both the front and rear, sporting 35-inch tires as standard on the 392. The wheels are finished in bronze, which complements the overall theme better than the silver accents seen on the standard 2024 392s. The fender flare extensions, Final Edition badge, trail-rated badge, and rock rail protection add to the rugged and refined look of this Jeep. The vehicle is finished in Earl Grey, which looks absolutely stunning.

Interior Details

Inside, the 392 Final Edition features soft-touch trim with bronze stitching. The seats also boast bronze stitching, providing a unique contrast to the standard red stitching found in regular 2024 models. The vehicle includes practical features such as window controls, USB ports, and an outlet, along with the familiar Wrangler door sound that Jeep enthusiasts love.

The front door panel mirrors the rear with soft-touch materials and bronze stitching. The payload capacity is 850 lbs, just like a regular Wrangler. The seats are embossed with “Rubicon 392” and feature the new leather texture introduced this year. The steering wheel is adorned with bronze stitching, paddle shifters, and practical controls, including adaptive cruise control.

Technology and Infotainment

The 392 Final Edition comes with the new infotainment system, which includes dual-zone climate control, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel. The off-road pages feature displays the transfer case status, pitch and roll information, and altitude. The center console is wrapped in bronze stitching, and the vehicle’s key fob remains traditional with a Jeep logo, lock, unlock, and remote start functions.

Rear and Cargo Area

Opening the tailgate reveals a Final Edition plaque, painted cage, and the quad exhaust tips at the bottom. The LED tail lights and bronze recovery points enhance the rear’s aesthetic. The cargo area is spacious and practical, as expected from a four-door Wrangler.

Driving Experience

Unfortunately, this particular model hasn’t been through the Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI), so I couldn’t take it for a road test. However, having driven the 392 numerous times and owning one myself, I can confidently say that the driving experience is exhilarating. The V8 engine provides immense power and a thrilling ride.

Future of Jeep and the Rubicon Series

As Jeep bids farewell to the Rubicon 392, the brand’s commitment to innovation and adventure continues. Future models are expected to build on the legacy of the Rubicon series, incorporating advanced technologies and sustainable solutions. Speculations and rumors hint at exciting developments, including hybrid and electric powertrains that will redefine the off-road experience while maintaining Jeep’s rugged spirit.

Jeep is expected to explore electrification aggressively, aligning with the global shift towards sustainable automotive technologies. Future Rubicon models might feature hybrid or fully electric powertrains, offering the same rugged capabilities with enhanced efficiency and reduced environmental impact. The integration of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and connected vehicle technologies will further enhance the driving experience, ensuring that Jeep remains at the forefront of the off-road segment.

Final Thoughts: The Twist

We are all Charlie Brown, and Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram parent company Stellantis is like Lucy with the football—at least when it comes to the automaker’s promises about final-year and final edition models being, well, truly final. Remember the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat? It was supposed to be a one-year-only model due to tightening regulations. Yet, in 2023, Dodge brought the Durango Hellcat back, much to the dismay of those who paid a premium for what they thought was a limited-edition vehicle.

When the 2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Final Edition was revealed, we were convinced it wasn’t a drill this time. The V8-powered Wrangler enjoyed a multi-year run and appeared to be going away. But now, Stellantis has confirmed that the Jeep Wrangler 392 Final Edition is coming back for the 2025 model year. There aren’t even any new exclusive features or a name change to “Jeep Wrangler 392 Final Final No-We’re-Actually-Serious-This-Time-But-Maybe-Who-Knows.”

Jeep cites “popular demand” as the reason for the Final Edition’s extension. “When news broke in March that Jeep Wrangler 392 was roaring off into the sunset, the comments, coverage, and conversation showed us that the Jeep community isn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the V-8-powered Wrangler,” said Bill Peffer, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America. “Jeep brand listened and will continue the 392 Final Edition into the 2025 model year.”

We’re curious how those who may have already paid dealers markups to get their hands on the allegedly end-of-run 2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Final Edition feel about this decision. If we’re being fair, Jeep never explicitly stated that the 2024 Final Edition was the terminus for the V-8-engined Wrangler, though its March 2024 press release blared that the Jeep, which is “the quickest and most powerful Wrangler yet—is roaring off into the sunset with a special, limited-production Final Edition.” It turns out that sunset lasted a little longer, and you’ll have another model year (if not more) to keep after a V-8 Wrangler.


Let me know your thoughts on this monumental change. Are you sticking with your old Mopar, giving the new engines a chance, or looking elsewhere for your V8 fix? Share your thoughts on this significant transition in the automotive world.

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