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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-28-2016, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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AEV 20th Anniversary Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

American Expedition Vehicles came out with a Wrangler Unlimited for the company's 20th anniversary and they've added everything but the kitchen sink to the anniversary version. For $100,000 you get a 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine with 470-hp and 465-lb-ft of torque, 4.5-inch suspension lift, 37-inch tires, remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks and more.

Here's a review of the beast: American Expedition Vehicles Jeep Wrangler Hemi review with price, horsepower and photo gallery
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-28-2016, 01:52 PM
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Great value for $100,000, it's just too bad at that price most people on a forum like this won't be getting one. Plus when last have you seen a Jeep from AEV on the streets or anywhere? Only ones I can imagine spotting these are those that live in states with the highest concentration of Jeep owners, among that sample size someone is bound to own something from AEV.
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465 lb-ft of torque at low RPMs for rock climbing sounds great for those who do it on a regular basis, but $100k is no small sum. They really did add everything but the kitchen sink, from AEV 4.5-inch suspension lift with 37-inch tires to remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks.
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I mean, it's great if you have the money for it as it's an all you would want/need package. It's definitely someone won't look into just because of the hemi though. Not for the DIY guy either as they'll find it a pointless waste of money, a lot of what you pay for in things like these is the labour.
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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 01:58 PM
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What's going to be funny is once Jeep is ready to get electric motors happening right at the wheels which in turn will give us some impressive off roading ability when you factor in all the potential it has. All that and it won't require nearly as much aggressive power as this.
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post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-30-2016, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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FCA may have some hybrid plans for Jeep, but nothing is confirmed and it'll be hard to fit an electric system under the small passenger compartment of the Wrangler. Maybe a 48-Volt setup that replaces the alternator and starter motor with an e-motor.
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-30-2016, 09:11 AM
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Seen a video of an electric jeep and that thing was freaking capable. They may just follow suit with what other manufacturers are doing and maintain a v6 engine up front and 2 electric motors to power the rear wheels.
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That or they downsize the engine to a 4 banger which will still be just as good. Once you have electric motors at the wheels with each generating 20-25 horsepower and around the same in torque it frees up what they'll require from the engine.

But thankfully so far there's no solid information out there suggesting they'll go that route yet. This is just about as traditional as it gets, better enjoy it, who knows what will happen with the next generation.
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-03-2017, 08:55 AM
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Also have to keep note that adding an electric motor to every wheel is going to increase weight, increase price, and repair costs as well.

But you are right, we haven't heard anything about it so we'll leave it as is until they mention something. Probably a good way off from seeing it anyhow.
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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-03-2017, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Jeep isn't really one for going green. That's why FCA needs more emissions credits to support this brand of theirs. As nice as better fuel economy is, I wouldn't choose it over performance and the additional weight could hold it back. That's why there are models like the 20th Anniversary Jeep Wrangler in existence, for performance minded people.
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