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Engine-swapped 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has $55k in mods, a HEMI V8, and it's for sale

A seller from Elma, New York has taken his Jeep Gladiator to the next level.

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Online automotive auction site Cars & Bids has a unique 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon up for sale. From the outside the model looks pretty status quo for a Gladiator Rubicon - Billet Silver Metallic paint job and Freedom Top 3-Piece hardtop. The real magic lies beneath its hood.

In March 2020, the Gladiator Rubicon had its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine swapped out for a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 by America's Most Wanted 4x4. The truck also got a transmission upgrade courtesy of a Ram 2500 - an eight-speed automatic.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon: HEMI-swapped with many upgrades

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But that's not all. It's also now outfitted with a custom Eco Evolutions coil-over suspensions, Eco Long Arm in front, Mid Arm in rear, Tazar Flashcal chip, Rough Country Black Edition slim light bar and pods, and an Adams driveshaft. The Gladiator's differentials have been re-geared to a 4.88 ratio.

The exterior has gotten some upgrades as well. There's a GoRhino front bumper with Smittybilt X20 winch, cold air intake, 10 layers of ceramic coat paint, a custom 3.5-inch exhaust, and N-FAB Nerf steps. It rides on 17x8.5-inch Black Rhino Beadlock wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich KM3 tires (37"x12.5").

It has a number of features as standard equipment right from Jeep's Toledo plant that haven't been modified including leather bucket seats with red stitching, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, Alpine Premium Audio System, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a heated steering wheel.

In addition to the hard top, the truck comes with a Premium Freedom black Sunrider soft top.

Standard safety features include blind spot and cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, advanced brake assist, a forward-facing TrialCam off-road camera, and Off-Road+ drive mode.

There are a few flaws. There's a dent above the passenger-side rear fender, some rust on the undercarriage, and a slight pull to the right.

The current owner, from Elma, New York, is the original buyer.

The modifications to the truck alone are valued at $55,000 by the owner. The original MSRP before modifications was $62,235. At the time of publication, there were 15 bids for the truck that had driven the price up to $51,505 with two days left to bid.

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2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets reveal date

Chevy draws a line from the Z06 directly to its racing program.

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The new Chevrolet Corvettewas a revelation when it was finally announced. The car brought a mid-engine design to the Corvette line for the first time, and put decades of speculation over the shift to bed. We've all known that Chevrolet would eventually release an even higher performance Z06 version of the car, but now we know the date. The automaker just announced that the car will be revealed on October 26.

To build hype for the car's announcement, Chevy released a short teaser video of the Z06 tearing around the Nurburgring. It's clear from the film that the car we'll see in October will be a different beast from its standard predecessor, which mainly comes down to a big change in its powertrain.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new car will be revealed in October.Chevrolet


The new Z06 is expected to feature a flat-plane crank V8 that will allow it to rev to 8500 or 9000 RPM. The car should see in excess of 600 horsepower from its howling V8, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.



As it has done with other Z06 models, Chevy will bolster the Corvette's suspension and brakes to accommodate higher speeds and the jump in power. The car will be able to carry more speed into corners and stop in a shorter distance than its standard counterpart, which will improve its lap times at the track. Various active and fixed aerodynamics components are also expected.

The C8 Corvette's interior is anything but boring, and the Z06 will carry on with that tradition. We'll still see the long center strip of buttons and controls, along with a digital gauge cluster and nicely upholstered sport seats. The Z06 will most likely get more in the way of carbon fiber and race-inspired trim pieces, but the layout won't deviate from the standard car to a great degree.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette The Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane crank V8.Chevrolet

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Biden will target 50 percent of all vehicle sales for EVs by 2030.

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In the last several months, we've seen automakers from all corners of the globe commit to some degree of electrification by the end of the decade and beyond. That includes the American Big Three: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, others). Today, President Joe Biden plans to throw his weight behind these efforts by signing an executive order that sets a goal of pushing the sales of zero-emissions vehicles to half of all vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2030.

Biden's target is not legally binding, but the industry is already jumping on board. In a joint statement, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis confirmed that they aim to hit an EV sales volume of 40-50 percent annually. It's worth noting that the President's 50 percent goal and the automakers' sales targets also include plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use a traditional gasoline engine.


Jeep PHEV The target also includes plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use gas engines.Jeep


Auto unions and dealers are not opposed to the ambitious roadmaps laid out by the Big Three, but both have differing views on what is essential and how things will ultimately play out. While aware of the goals, the UAW is focused on wage growth and the preservation of jobs and benefits. It feels that an increase in EV production volume must happen here in the U.S. to include good-paying American union jobs.

Dealers, to a degree, are supportive of the goals but skeptical of their ultimate success. Some feel that electric vehicles do not present the earth-shattering shift in functionality and usability that other new products, such as smartphones, did in different industries. Regardless of concerns and skepticism, it appears that automakers are going all-in on the shift to electrification, so we're bound to see a wealth of new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years.


GM battery facility rendering Automakers are pledging billions to increase EV and PHEV production volume.GM

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