It wouldn’t be the 2018 Moab Easter Jeep Safari without a slew of Jeep concept vehicles. But, it really wouldn’t be a party without a V8-powered Wrangler of some sort. Thankfully, of the seven Moab concepts, the Jeep Sandstorm ticks that box.
Jeep says the Sandstorm concept is inspired by Baja racing, but remains drivable for all occasions. Under the hood is a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Those elements alone make the Sandstorm one of our favorites.
Mopar and Jeep accomplished the Baja look by moving the front axle four inches forward to utilize a heavy-duty longarm four-link suspension and track bar. At the rear, the suspension has been pushed back two inches to make room for a triangulated trailing arm four-link suspension. Custom coilovers and shocks allow the front wheels to travel 14 inches, while the rear can go a whopping 18 inches.
Heavy-duty front and rear Dynatrac 60 axles with a 5.68 gear ratio, 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires supply even more off-road prowess.
On the design and engineering front, the Sandstorm includes high clearance front and rear tube bumpers, modified rock rails, an integrated onboard air compressor, race-style fuel filler, KC Carbon series front auxiliary lights and a chase light. The vented carbon-fiber hood and laydown rear spare tire lend even more cool factor, while the swing gate and door handles have been removed for a cleaner look altogether.