Jeep's electric Wrangler concept SUV gets a massive performance boost for more off-road pleasure
The Jeep Wrangler is a truly iconic SUV, particularly among off-road enthusiasts in North America. As automakers worldwide quickly transition to battery-powered vehicles, the arguably most famous vehicle made by the Ohio-based manufacturer is also supposed to receive an all-electric model variant based on a 800-volt platform. The second version of the corresponding concept car called "Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0" has now received quite significant performance upgrades.
By doubling the peak amperage to 600A, the previously rather tame performance specs of the electric Jeep Wrangler now have much more punch to them. The maximum torque output has been increased to a brutal 850 lb-ft, and the off-road SUV can now put 625 horsepower on the street for up to 10 seconds. This means that the electric Jeep Wrangler can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2 seconds, which is practically on par with the ludicrous Tesla Model S Plaid.
In order to provide enough space for the beefed-up electric powertrain, Jeep has increased the wheelbase of the Wrangler Magneto 2.0 by 12 inches, while a 3-inch lift provides enough clearance for the massive 40-inch off-road tires that are mounted on 20-inch wheels. Furthermore, the six-speed manual transmission now has a lower first-gear ratio, but nothing has changed in regard to the 70 kWh lithium-ion battery. It remains to be seen if or when this exciting off-road SUV concept will finally hit showrooms in form of an all-electric Jeep Wrangler.
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