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Ten years ago, Jeep raised the bar in off-road capability with the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Named after a grueling off-road trail, the Rubicon models were the most extreme Wranglers ever produced. Over the last decade, the Wrangler Rubicon has won numerous awards, including Four Wheeler's "4x4 of the Decade."
To celebrate the Rubicon's tenth anniversary, Jeep created a limited-production 2013 Wrangler Rubicon Tenth Anniversary Edition, claiming it is the most capable factory-produced Jeep Wrangler ever. Jeep Chief Mike Manley wrote, "It is a unique vehicle that we expect will long be sought after, a Wrangler that offers an unprecedented level of capability once only attainable by long hours of custom aftermarket preparation crafted in the garages of the most avid Jeep enthusiasts in the world... [with] standard off- road equipment seen for the first time on a production vehicle."
Set to arrive in showrooms in the spring of 2013 in both two-door and four-door versions, it is based on the normal Wrangler Rubicon / Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. It will be sold with a six-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep part-time four-wheel-drive system has electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles that receive power through a Rock-Trac transfer case with a "4-Low" ratio of 4:1. The standard axle ratio, shared with Rubicon, is 4.10:1; Tru-Lok locking differentials are standard. With the manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon Tenth Anniversary Edition has an impressive crawl ratio of 73.1:1. (Jeep also lists a 2013 Wrangler Rubicon with the automatic and an axle ratio of 3.73:1; the 4.10 is available with the automatic and the only ratio with the manual.)
The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Tenth Anniversary increases the ride height by half an inch over the standard Rubicon, giving the BF Goodrich KM2 265/70R17 tires more room to claw at rugged terrain. 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels are painted satin black with polished faces, and a red Jeep Wrangler "icon" logo on the outside lip.
Black front and rear steel off-road bumpers toughen up the exterior; the front bumper has a winch-capable design. The removable front bumper end caps help the Wrangler climb obstacles without hindrance, and can prevent damage to the bumper system. A dual-intake Power Dome hood helps aid in engine cooling and appearance. Red tow hooks adorn the front and rear, and Mopar rock rails give added protection from trail damage (Mopar also supplied the black fuel filler door and tail lamp guards). The vehicle includes "10th Anniversary" badges on the fenders and a red-silhouette "Rubicon" decal on the sides of the hood.
The Wrangler Rubicon Tenth Anniversary Edition comes with a Premium Sunrider soft top; buyers can also get the optional black three-piece Freedom hardtop or body-color hardtop. Paint colors are limited Billet Silver, White, and the exclusive Anvil.
Striking red leather include "Rubicon 10th Anniversary" embroidery in the front seat backs. Red stitching adorns the leather-wrapped steering wheel and the center console. A special gauge cluster features a "10th Anniversary" signature and an information center (EVIC) with read-outs including as oil pressure, oil temperature and tire pressure. The passenger grab handle includes a "Rubicon 10th Anniversary" badge and Quick Silver accents that are also found on the vent rings, steering wheel spokes and door pulls.
Final design touches include Mopar slush mats, unique axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches, and a plaque mounted in the dash tray with technical data, such as axle type and ratio, tire size, transfer case crawl ratio, and manufacturer location.
All Wranglers for North America are built at Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio.
Brakes are discs (four-wheel antilock) with a drum-in-hat parking brake. Both front and rear axles are electronic-locking Dana 44s regardless of ratio. Rubicons come with an electronic sway-bar disconnect system for the link-coil front suspension (the rear suspension is also link-coil).
* Manual trans. Automatic is 14-25 lb heavier. ** We do not know why it is so different.
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