Well boys and girls here it is, the big reveal on our freshly wrapped 2020 Jeep® Wrangler® JL. After much discussion within our team and listening to input from you guys, we’ve decided to go big and bold on this 2.0L Jeep, a throwback to the 70’s with a little vintage Hot Wheels twist. That bright and attention grabbing Bikini Pearl was just begging for some more flash and we Buzz Graphics nailed it on this one. Couple sweeping stripes, some matte black for contrast and even some graphics added to the hood puts this Jeep® front and center to hopefully grab everyone’s attention in our upcoming ad and video campaigns.
Now that it has it’s SC branding its time to really start installing some parts and get this Jeep® Wrangler® JL ready for the rocks and muddy trails. With a matching set of Trail Series 2 bumpers from Expedition One, we’ll be able to install our ComeUp winch and carry a our full size 37″ Fury R/T tire for a spare. Of course, first and foremost we’ll need to get our Terrain Flex 3.5″ lift kit from Readylift installed to clear those massive meats. Superchips tuning support for this 2.0L turbo engine is right around the corner, but until then we’ll be sure to put our Flashcal to good use to keep our speedometer reading correctly with the bigger 37″ tires mounted up. We also have our Amp’d Throttle Booster ready to plug in to improve the overall drivability, bringing tha powerband in a little sooner when we roll into the throttle. Checkout our latest video on the build below and make sure you visit our store to outfit your Jeep for the obstacles ahead.
Obviously, before our calibrations team can really dig into a new platform, we have to know what we’re starting with. With that in mind, we needed to get the 2020 Jeep® Wrangler® JL on our Superflow chassis dyno to see just how much that little 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo can produce. With the baselines recorded we can move on to the lift, tires, bumpers, winch and SC branded wrap for this Wrangler® JL. It’s got to be dressed to impress when our marketing and event campaigns kick off, but first we want to talk horsepower.
On the Superflow chassis dyno in our Ogden, UT facility, the completely stock 2.0L Wrangler® JL made 231hp and 310ft-lbs of torque. Jeep® rates this 2.0L engine at 270hp/290tq flywheel. Taking a 15% drive train loss into consideration (229.5hp), our 231 wheel horsepower seems pretty accurate. 310lft-lbs of torque is quite surprising however. Jeep® is either very conservative on their 290tq claim or that quick spooling turbocharger just runs really strong here. We expected to see closer to 245ft-lbs at the tire from this power plant, so 310ft-lbs is great!
Paired with the 8-speed automatic and the factory Rubicon 4.10 gears, this combination is actually quite sporty around town. There is some slight lag off idle, but that can be taken care of easily with the addition of our Amp’d Throttle Booster (p/n 48868-JT). While the Amp’d doesn’t add any power to the 2.0L turbo engine, it definitely brings that power band on sooner making it feel even more peppy for day to day driving. For an interesting comparison, we dyno’d our 2019 Wrangler® JL with the 3.6L V6, and it produced 204hp/220tq in stock form. So those of you concerned about performance from a ‘little 4-cylinder’, you may need to take a second look at Jeep’s® 2.0L engine. With our up and coming tuning support for the 2.0L Turbo, is that naturally aspirated V6 going to become a thing of the past? We don’t think so, but the 4-cylinder will be holding it’s own in the market for sure.
Our popular Amp’d Throttle Booster is now available for 2018 – 2020 Jeep 2.0L Turbo JL applications. Check out the benefits below to see how you can instantly boost throttle response with Amp’d!
Improves Throttle Responsiveness
Faster Acceleration From a Stop, and Throughout The RPM Range
Reduces “Laggy” Dead Pedal Feeling
Quicker Spooling for Turbos
Optimizes Driving Experience on the Highway or Around Town
Up to 6 modes available (with switch)
Amp’d Throttle Sensitivity Booster is easy to install, delivers immediate improvement with pedal response, and will optimize your driving experience. AMP’d offers an incredibly simple solution that generates “seat of the pants power” you won’t find anywhere else. The Jeep 2.0L Turbo engine offered in 2018-2020 JL models has been a great addition to the Wrangler, but with Amp’d you can make that 4-cylinder even more fun for daily driving. Get into that turbo’s power band with less throttle input, offering better response and a ‘seat of the pants’ increase you’ll get nowhere else!
Decreasing pedal lag expedites your vehicle performance curve. Amp’d features an intuitive plug-and-play installation using your vehicles’ stock connections. What makes Amp’d even more fun? Settings are adjustable to boost signals by 50% or 100%. If you’re interested in obtaining even more power levels and options, check out the Amp’d switch today and take throttle sensitivity to the next level!
Throttle booster settings with switch include: Stock, Low-50%, Medium-75%, High-100%, Valet, and 400% “Wow Mode”.