This Jeep Wrangler was recently spied on Chrysler’s home turf (the headquarters tower is in the background). It appears to be a Jeep J8, a beefed-up Wrangler Unlimited assembled in Cairo, was created for fleet use by governments and other agencies, for use in demanding conditions; there is a high-roof ambulance version as well as the standard roofless and hard-top J8. The J8’s predecessor had two doors with the extended wheelbase, for a similar profile.
This particular model appears to be diesel powered, with rear leaf springs, according to reader “red_00xj,” who wrote that it is not a prototype but is here for engineering purposes. Further development on the J8 seems likely, based on the vehicle’s being kept around the CTC. This might indicate that the J8 has been selling well enough to merit investment, or that management believes there is a market for it, if they can develop the vehicle sufficiently.
Dodge is showing four concept cars at SEMA: a Dart, Charger, Challenger, and Viper ACR. You can now see them all at Allpar, courtesy of Patrick Rall — now with the story behind them. Coming soon: Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, and Fiat concepts. See all the Dodge concepts
Long before the Challenger Hellcat was officially launched, Allpar noted that the engine — which we estimated at “620-680 horsepower” (depending on when the stories were written) — was being tested in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Then we wrote that it had probably been ruled out, for various reasons. Today, one source wrote that the trademarked Trackhawk name, which we had thought [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]