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Finally, why there's no V8 option on a Wrangler!

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Tim Kuniskis, North American Head of Jeep, recently revealed the core reason there's not a production Wrangler/Gladiator available with the Hellcat engine:

“Everybody always asks me that question: it fits. You know that. It fits like a glove,” he said.

 

“But the problem is that it fits like a glove and there is no air space around the engine and the whole external space of the vehicle so you have no crush space; you have nothing that can be used to absorb energy in a crash."

 

“It is not a problem to put it in - other than emissions and fuel economy - except it would never pass any crash tests, and that’s a problem.”

 

The crash test issue is somewhat of a revelation, but note he also touched on 2 other regulatory hurdles many people had already speculated were preventing a factory V8 option for the JK or new JL.

 

The full article is available on the Australian website Drive.

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Exactly right Kris.

Federal regulations drive more design decisions than the general public realizes.

 

Crash tests, especially frontal impact, were a very big reason for the demise of the 4.0L. I believe emission requirements were an issue as well but I have no first hand knowledge of that.

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I wouldn’t mind having a Hellcat powered Wrangler.

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Exactly right Kris.

Federal regulations drive more design decisions than the general public realizes.

 

Crash tests, especially frontal impact, were a very big reason for the demise of the 4.0L. I believe emission requirements were an issue as well but I have no first hand knowledge of that.

Spot on response Jim... ;)

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