Jeep Wrangler Special Ops (10)_V4F8621

FJ and Jeep Wrangler

2 of the sexiest cars on the road have recently spent time in the GCB bunker, and weren’t we pleased. Each is an icon in its own way and each is a superb off-road performer. The Jeep has been around in one form or other for decades with the Wrangler being the Spiritual successor to the famed WWII Willys Jeep. Jeeps have been through wars, floods and has been used by many a military general. The FJ Cruiser is also a spiritual successor: to Toyota’s own FJ40 LandCruiser. We’ve all seen those old girls in many a wild life show with pith-hatted adventurers at the wheel. The stop to muted narration as if the honking great Rhino in front of them could hear the track being laid down in Surry Hills after the filming had finished. They groaned under the weights of tents and cameras and vast quantities of fuel, but still they pushed on.

The adventurers were able to repair their trusty steeds with a bit of spit and baling wire with not so much as a hint of complaint.

Both Toyota and Chrysler continue their retro design while underpinning the new models with modern tech now widely available.

 

AT A GLANCE SIDE BY SIDE

Feature FJ Cruiser Jeep Special Ops
Engine tested V6 Petrol V6 petrol
Capacity 4.0 L 3.6 L
Power 200kw 209 kw
Torque 380Nm 347Nm
0-100 in seconds 8.1 8.6
Fuel Econ L/100k 11.4 L/100k (95ron) 11.9
Fuel Tank 72 85.2
Transmission 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic lock-up torque converter and gated shift 5-speed
4 Wheel Drive Yes Yes
CO2 g/km 267 276
Suspension front Double wishbone with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar Quadra-Coil™; front 5-link solid axle
Suspension rear 5-link with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar 5-link solid axle with heavy-duty with monotube gas-charged shock absorbers
Steering Variable-ratio hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion Rack-and-pinion with hydraulic power assist
Weight in kg 2000 1770
Length 4670 4223
Width 1905 1873
Height 1830 1840
Wheelbase 2690 2424
Ground clearance 224 223
Cargo volume (max) 990 L 750 L
Attack angle 36 35
Breakover angle 29 22
Departure angle 31 28

Jeep Wrangler Special Ops (*this is a special edition model)