Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon hits Bronco Badlands Sasquatch – DRIVE

The Xtreme Recon will be one of Jeep’s exhibits at the Chicago Auto Show, with a world premiere slated for July 14th. Orders for this version are open, and serial production will begin in August.

In model construction Jeep Wrangler fourth generation (JL index) from the very beginning, it was possible to install off-road tires with an outer diameter of up to 35 inches, along with a suspension lift, but without redrawing the fenders. The developers thought that this property will appeal to the tuning studio. But why give to the side what you can do yourself? And now the company finally presented the Xtreme Recon package: the same 35 inches from the factory (BF Goodrich KO2), 17-inch wheels with beadlocks, a 38 mm suspension lift, retuned shock absorbers and an increased final drive ratio (4.56: one).

The Xtreme Recon set is Jeep’s answer to the extreme factory version of its main competitor – Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch (four-door) which also comes with 35-inch tires. Xtreme Recon beat Badlands Sasquatch in geometric flotation. The angle of entry is 47.4 degrees versus 43.2, the exit angle is 40.4 versus 37, the ground clearance is 327 mm versus 292.

The Xtreme Recon package can be ordered for the Rubicon four-door Wrangler and Rubicon 392 (in the pictures) with a 476-strong aspirated V8 6.4. Note that the Rubicons have 33-inch tires as standard, which until now was a record for the Wrangler model “from the factory”.

And soon the Bronco will be hit again. Jeep announced the addition of 4.88: 1 axles to the Wrangler options list at the end of the year. In combination with a six-speed “mechanics” this will give a record for the class total transmission ratio of 100: 1. For comparison, now the Wrangler has an 84: 1 ratio, and the Bronco (depending on the configuration and options) boasts a 94.75: 1 ratio. The Blue Oval’s response to this Jeep offensive is already in preparation: we expect a Ford Bronco Raptor with factory 37-inch tires.


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