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Posted by mike on 2011/4/1 7:27:15 (2117) reads

Autoblog is reporting that AEV recently stuffed a V8 Hemi into a Wrangler for Jeep CEO Michael Manley:

According to sources close to Chrysler, the 392-powered Jeep wasn't just built on a lark. Manley's Wrangler is apparently a mule for "executive evaluation." That's Chrysler speak for "they might build it." Manley's vehicle channels its 470 hp through a six-speed manual and will reportedly slide its back end in third gear with liberal application of the throttle.

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tmedlock
Posted: 2011/4/15 22:47  Updated: 2011/4/15 22:47
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This would be great. I would trade in my 2009 rubicon unlimited in a heart beat. BUT, I am not going to hold my breath waiting. They have dangled this carrot before.

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Josephus
Posted: 2011/4/6 12:17  Updated: 2011/4/6 12:17
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 Re: Jeep CEO Gets a Hemi V8 Wrangler for Evaluation
Even after 4 years it is amazing how gutless the "Iconic" Wrangler is. I know the Pentestar is coming and Chrysler thinks thats the holy Grail of engines. Really - how many gears are the going to put behind a 3.6L? 7-speed manual and 6 speed auto?
I really do love driving my Jeep, I just wish it had significantly more torque and tow capability. At $33,000 it wasn't cheap.
It's like dating a beautiful, atheletic, gymnast with a heart of gold only to find out she's dim-witted...

I have my doubts as to whether Chrysler and Fiat care about what the fanatical Jeep customer-base wants. They have the 1 of a kind product, we just keep buying them, why improve?
Just release another trim package and different knobs with a catchy marketing ploy... That's all the American market needs.

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trevorj
Posted: 2011/4/6 13:14  Updated: 2011/4/6 13:14
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Don't worry. Manley will be out with another sticker package before you can yell "douchebag!"

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MarkH
Posted: 2011/4/7 5:48  Updated: 2011/4/8 10:49
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It's like dating a beautiful, atheletic, gymnast with a heart of gold only to find out she's dim-witted...
I was looking for any hint of a down-side to that!! What? The top of her head isn't flat?

Yeah, Chrysler is hanging a lot on the Pentagram er um Pentastar (23 models to get it... however they count that?!) but the increases in torque & HP are impressive --at least ON PAPER. now we'll have to see how it does ON & OFF PAVEMENT!

I predict there will be a lot of old JK's up for sale...

If it isn't "all that", I think I'll just have to buy a TJ and swap out a stroked Golen 4.6L H.O. (The Golen 4.6L stroker has been reviewed by JP magazine, producing 268hp @ 4900rpm and 324lbft @ 3900rpm on the engine dyno...)

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trevorj
Posted: 2011/4/7 10:35  Updated: 2011/4/7 10:35
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(The Golen 4.6L stroker has been reviewed by JP magazine, producing 268hp @ 4900rpm and 324lbft @ 3900rpm on the engine dyno...)

That's great, if you're tryin' to fire through Lou's'ana blackjack with 1 tooth and your cousin/wife in the passenger seat, but what are the numbers in the actual range that crawlers use? 1000-2500rpm? What's it got in there? I'm sure it's more than the 4.0, but honestly, wtf care what it does at 4000rpm?

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Posted: 2011/4/8 10:18  Updated: 2011/4/8 10:50
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 Re: Jeep CEO Gets a Hemi V8 Wrangler for Evaluation
Those are merely the peak ratings, for comparison. Golen engines have been respected by knowledgable Jeep enthusiasts for both on- & off-road use. They are rebuilt to provide lots of low end torque from the 4.0L block --arguably, the best & most reliable production engine ever put in a Jeep. Golen also offers several other engine choices. I think I'll send them an Invoice for all this advertising...

Golen Engines (spec sheets, dyno charts)

Review #1
Review #2
To Purchase one

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trevorj
Posted: 2011/4/1 10:21  Updated: 2011/4/1 10:23
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and if you believe that...

a better April Fool's joke would have been "Mike Manley quit, Jeep saved from his clutches" (double-entendre...although, a terrible one).

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Posted: 2011/4/1 14:30  Updated: 2011/4/1 14:30
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 Re: Jeep CEO Gets a Hemi V8 Wrangler for Evaluation
Autoblog posted that on 3/30. Do you think that they just got a jump on April Fool's Day?

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trevorj
Posted: 2011/4/3 9:06  Updated: 2011/4/3 9:06
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No, absolutely not. I really do believe Manley received this Jeep, but in no way is it for managerial evaluation. That's the part of this that is a joke.

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Posted: 2011/4/3 12:41  Updated: 2011/4/3 12:41
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 Re: Jeep CEO Gets a Hemi V8 Wrangler for Evaluation
With gasoline headed to $5 a gallon this summer, it must be true. Timing is everything. If they said they were evaluating a Wrangler diesel for the U.S. market it would have been an April fools joke.

Regular gas at Furnace Creek in Death Valley was $5.18 earlier this month. They have it and you need it. Unfortunately Diesel was up around $5.47, so diesel may not help as much as we'd all like, but the torque would be so sweet.
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