Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary

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I can be a little extreme or am perhaps just a young motoring journalist that acknowledges the idea of off-roading, off-nowhere with the Wrangler Rubicon over the famous Rubicon Trail is cool. Speaking from experience, as I did it 2 years ago, you can walk the path faster than you can drive it, and few vehicles have crossed the 36 km trail devoid of sheet metal scrapes and marks. Expert off-roaders come from far away to test their 4x4 against the unforgiving trail!

Ten years ago Jeep introduced the first Rubicon edition of the Wrangler. The idea was to present a Jeep that came from the factory with upgraded goodies to assist when accomplishing challenging off-road paths such as the Rubicon Trail. The tradition is still continuing with the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition
Available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition is the most capable Wrangler ever produced. Based on the Rubicon model, it is available with a standard six-speed manual or available five-speed automatic transmission mated to a Pentastar 3.6 liter V6 engine producing 285 horsepower and 260 ft.-lbs. of torque.

The Jeep part-time four wheel drive system has electronic locking front and rear Dana 44 axles that receive power through a Rock-Trac transfer case with a "4-Low" ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 axle ratio front and rear is also standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials. With a six-speed manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition has an impressive crawl ratio of 73.1:1 that makes it a breeze to negotiate any obstacle.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition has many exclusive features that make it distinctive, as well as the most off-road capable Wrangler in history. A one-half inch increase in ride height versus the standard Rubicon model provides the BF Goodrich KM2 265/70R17 tires more room to claw at rugged terrain. The tires are mounted on 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels painted satin black with polished faces and a red Jeep Wrangler "icon" logo on the outside lip.

Black front and rear steel off-road bumpers toughen up the exterior, with the front bumper featuring removable end caps and a winch-capable design. These removable end caps help the Wrangler climb obstacles without hindrance and reduce the damage potential to the bumper system. A dual-intake Power Dome hood helps aid in engine cooling and gives Wrangler a more menacing appearance. Red tow hooks adorn the front and rear, and Mopar rock rails give added protection from trail damage. Mopar also supplies the black fuel filler door and tail lamp guards. "10th Anniversary" badge on the fenders and a red silhouette "Rubicon" decal on the sides of the hood add the finishing touches on the exterior.

The Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition comes standard with a Premium Sunrider soft top and is available with a black three-piece Freedom hardtop or body color hardtop. Available exterior colors for the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition are Billet Silver, White and 10th Anniversary Edition - exclusive Anvil.

The interior has many special touches as well. Striking red leather seats with "Rubicon 10th Anniversary" embroidered into the front seat backs grab attention at first glance. Red stitching adorns the leather-wrapped steering wheel and the center console. A unique gauge cluster features a "10th Anniversary" signature and also features a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with various read-outs such as oil pressure, oil temperature and tire.

Verdict
There is nothing else to compare head to head and directly with the Wrangler Rubicon. Wranglers now are as grueling on the road as they are capable off it. The 10th anniversary Rubicon drives clean off-road and on the asphalt to reach the trail with a minimum of ache. The tires don't resonate at all. The steering has a quick response and the suspension doesn't hurdle over bumps.

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