Jeep Wrangler Sport Takes the Cake
Published Thursday, 10 May, 2012 by Kayla Bauer.
At the 46th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep Blog learned what capability really means. A stock, manual transmission 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport crawled and navigated some of the toughest events that Moab has to offer. Tall ledges? Big ridges? No problem. The stock Sport performed like a champion.
While handily maneuvering all types of rugged terrain in Moab, Jim Repp, Jeep Brand engineer, explained to Jeep Blog what makes the stock Jeep Wrangler Sport off-road ready.
Having a car with lockers and a 4:1 [low-gear ratio] makes the driving experience a little different, but the reality is that the basic stuff is in the Wrangler Sport, Repp explained. The capability is there - the ground clearance, the approach and departure angles, and the articulation - it s all there.
We joke in engineering that the Wrangler is the cake and a vehicle like the Rubicon is the icing on the cake, said Repp. In a Jeep Wrangler Sport, the cake is there - all the ingredients are baked in.
So, what ingredients are baked into this off-road cake? The suspension articulation is basically the same [as the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon]. The ground clearance is a little less, but your approach, departure, and brake over angles - when we design those we make them the lowest they can be to meet our general parameters. It still maneuvers, it still steers, it s got traction, and the brake traction control is very effective even when you use a street tire.
Ready to Go Anywhere, Do Anything in a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport? Head over to Jeep.com for more.