The all-new Jeep Wrangler JL, introduced last November at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, hasn’t been on the market very long at all. Yet already, a Florida-based shop by the name of “Bruiser Conversions” has come up with a complete engine swap kit and test-fitted it to one example, removing the factory 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and replacing it with – you guessed it – a Chevrolet small-block.
Is no vehicle safe from the cliché Chevy LS swap?
The exact motor that went into this 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is a 6.2-liter LS3, our sister site GMAuthority reports, taken from a 2008 or later Chevrolet C6 Corvette. Output is thus no longer a paltry 285 horsepower/260 lb-ft of torque, but 450 horsepower/450 lb-ft, with the factory 8-speed automatic transmission still performing shifting duty.
Pricing for Bruiser Conversions’ Jeep Wrangler JL LS-swap kits hasn’t been announced, but the shop is already taking preorders from those daring, do-it-yourself-type customers. Those who’d rather not risk ruining their brand-new Jeep 4x4s and don’t have a good custom shop on speed dial will have the option of paying extra to have Bruiser do the conversion work in-house.
Look, we get it; the Chevrolet small-block is so ubiquitous for engine swaps because it’s powerful, reliable, and dimensionally compact enough to fit under just about any hood. But maybe next time someone swaps a new motor in the Jeep Wrangler JL, they keep it in the family with a Hemi V8, eh?