Jeep doesn't offer its all-new 2018 Wrangler with a V8, but a shop in Florida changed that, dropping in a small-block Chevy under the hood. That didn't take very long, did it?
of Clearwater, Florida announced this month it's offering V8 conversion kits for the JL-generation Wrangler using a Chevrolet LS3 crate engine. The company says it uses Jeep's factory ECU to control the motor and sync it with all the other systems in the car, which means the dashboard, cruise control, push-button start, air conditioning, and all other electronic controls should theoretically operate normally. The conversion retains the Wrangler's eight-speed automatic transmission too. There's no word on whether Bruiser will offer the package to manual-equipped trucks, but we've reached out to see if that's the case.
Pricing for the kit starts at $24,500 for a 450-horsepower setup, and $27,500 for a 500-horsepower setup. This includes all necessary conversion parts and labor, but does not include the price of the donor Wrangler.