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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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The 2021 MINI Cooper 1499 GT Special Edition is a throwback to a 1969 MINI.

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The MINI 1499 GT Special Edition pays tribute to the iconic 1275 GT from 1969 while the MINI Countryman Oxford edition offers unique value proposition. The two models are new for the 2021 model year.

2021 MINI Cooper 1499 GT Special Edition

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MINI has given the 1499 GT a Midnight Black Metallic exterior complete with gold 1499 GT side stripes. There's a Piano Black grille frame, door handles, and headlight rings, which surround LED headlights. There are Piano Black taillight rinks and Union Jack taillights.

The addition of the MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) styling package adds JCW front and rear bumpers, side skirts, split level spoiler, and door entry plates. The MINI 1499 GT rids on 17-innch Track Spoke Black wheels wrapped in all-season tires.

Under the hood, the model has a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The car can get from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available.

MINI refines the interior with more JCW accents including Sports seats in Carbon Black Dinamica/Cloth, a JCW steering wheel in perforated leather with Chili Red stitching and multi-function controls, along with Piano Black finishing throughout the interior with an Anthracite Headliner. The list of standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation, MINI Assist eCall, remote services, Apple CarPlay, and a digital instrument cluster.

The MINI 1499 GT will be offered with a starting MSRP of $27,040 plus an additional $850 destination and handling fee.

MINI Countryman Oxford Edition

MINI's small SUV, the Countryman, is getting a budget-friendly version that available with front- and all-wheel drive. It comes with the standard equipment list of the Classic Trim, which includes leatherette upholstery, an 8.8-inch display with Bluetooth, rear camera, rear park distance control, seven-speed dual clutch transmission, and a panoramic sunroof. The Countryman Oxford Edition also has LED headlights and fog lights and Union Jack LED taillights.

MINI has given the model standard 18-inch wheels (Silver of Black) that are wrapped with run-flat tires, an anthracite headliner, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and a choice of six exterior colors, including metallic paint options. Those options include British Racing Green IV metallic, Midnight Black metallic, White Silver metallic, Moonwalk Grey metallic, Chili Red, or Island Blue metallic. Exterior options also include body color roof and mirrors, or choice of a contrast white or black roof and mirror combination.

The staring MSRP for the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman Oxford Edition is $26,500 and the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 Oxford Edition is $28,500, plus an additional $850 destination and handling charge. This means the MINI Countryman Oxford Edition is specially configured with $5,600 worth of optional equipment as standard at no additional cost.

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Ford has launched its new Bronco configuration tool.

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How would you build it? Now you can find out. The new 2021 Ford Bronco build-and-price configurator is live on the Ford website giving buyers the opportunity to customize their pick without having to commit to a deposit or trip to the dealership. Ford has received over 190,000 reservations for the Bronco to date.
It's also a great way to kill some time between Zooms.

"The color and material offerings of the all-new Bronco and Bronco Sport are genuine and trusted, and establish a visceral connection between nature and the authenticity of this new family of rugged SUVs," said Missy Coolsaet, Bronco color and materials designer. "They motivate our customers to return to the wilderness and challenge themselves – and Bronco takes them there in a carefree, spontaneous way."

2021 Ford Bronco configurator options

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The configurator works in a traditional sense, asking users to first enter their ZIP code then taking them to a menu where they choose a trim level. Ford offers the Bronco in seven trim levels: Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands, Wildtrak, and First Edition.

Buyers are then asked to choose a two- or four-door model. The 2021 Bronco is available in a wide variety of colors, including some with deep Ford heritage, and wheel varieties.

Powertrains components are trim level-dependent and some paint and wheel color combinations are not compatible with the seven-speed manual transmission or the Sasquatch Package.

All-terrain, mud, or all-season tires are either standard or available depending on trim level and wheel choice.

Buyers can check options boxes for a hard top, sound-deadening headliner, roof rails with crossbar, splash guards, an upgraded bash plate, paint protection film, brush guard, keyless entry keypad, wireless charging pad, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, a 12.0-inch infotainment touch screen, 10-speaker B&O sound system, and LED headlights, depending on trim level. Higher Bronco grades get much of these features as standard.

Cloth, vinyl, or leather-trimmed seats are available. An Ebony black or Medium Sandstone interior are the only options, but Medium Sandstone is not available in all trim levels.

A variety of equipment groups and packages are available as well, including a graphics package that will put the profile of rolling hills on the lower quarter of your Bronco's door panels.

Check out the configurator now at Ford.com/Bronco.

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