Every year for the Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep and Mopar show up to Moab, Utah, with a number of concept vehicles to wow the off-road world. For 2014, the crew focused on using its existing platforms to highlight new Jeep Performance Products from the Mopar catalog or concept parts that may or may not be available to consumers down the road. Of all the vehicles at this year’s event, the Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance is definitely the most extreme of them all.
The Maximum Performance is definitely an eye-catching four-door JK, but it also is impressively capable on the trail. It sits on new Jeep Performance Parts Dana 60 axles front and rear (that we are told will be available soon), which are equipped with push-button electronic lockers. The Dana 60s are fitted with 4.88 gearing and a 4:1 Rock-Trac transfer case for tackling serious trails. The Maximum Performance offers an impressive 70:1 crawl ratio.
While Jeep highlighted a new Jeep Performance Products 2-inch lift kit on a few of its concept vehicles that is currently available, the Maximum Performance features a unique JPP 4-inch lift that’s still in the prototype stage. Fitted with Flat-top Highline fenders to provide additional wheel well clearance, the Maximum Performance features 37-inch BFGoodrich KM2 mud-terrain tires that are fitted on prototype 8-lug beadlock wheels. The 3.6-liter V6 motor of the Maximum Performance is equipped with a Stage 1 Mopar Cold Air Intake kit and exhaust for added performance. Out back, a prototype tire carrier carries a full-size 37-inch spare tire in case the trails get too rough and a swap is needed.
The Jeep and Mopar crew then outfitted the Maximum Performance with a “Stinger” front bumper that features a narrow profile to avoid hanging up on any rocks or ledges on the trail. For added protection, a front bumper skid plate was installed as well as Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon rock rails.
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The Mopar Blue color of the Maximum Performance really makes the Maximum Performance stand out, and the color theme is continued with the blue beadlock ring, interior A/C vent covers and steering wheel accents. The clean, two-tone color scheme is accented with a Mopar black grille that sits just in front of a prototype JPP winch. Further accenting the uniqueness of the Maximum Performance is a cool black graphics package on the hood that outlines the Moab landscape. For additional visibility at night, a large prototype LED light bar is mounted to the top of the rig.