Update: FCA since revised the paperwork that claimed the Wrangler would make 368 HP. Read more here. 

Yes, dear reader, your eyes do not deceive you. If what we’re seeing is correct, the JL Wrangler can be optioned to pack a whopping 368 horsepower.

Bozi Tatarevic, well known at The Truth About Cars for finding obscure patent filings and generally being a human font of car knowledge, has discovered a document which was given to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In it, it appears that customers of the upcoming JL Wrangler will have a choice of two power plants on day 1 of production: a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and a 368-hp 2.0-liter turbo four.

The first mill is clearly the proven Pentastar V6, currently offered in the JK Wrangler and just about everything else that FCA makes. It’s the second option that has us cackling with glee. If the document is even close to correct, we may soon find ourselves living in a world where a Jeep Wrangler has roughly the same specific output (that is, horsepower per liter) as some of the most powerful hot hatches on the planet.

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We also expect a diesel to be available at some point during the JL’s production, perhaps the same V6 diesel in the FCA stable which currently makes 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. If our predictions hold water, the Pentastar may be the only engine getting paired with a row-your-own six-speed manual.

The documents also seem to indicate a production run starting in November, lending credence to speculation that we’ll see a production version of the JL at the L.A. Auto Show.

The only body style listed in the NHTSA filing is a ‘four-door open body’ meaning, of course, the Unlimited model. Given other information we have gleaned over the past few months, we expect the Unlimited to enter production first, followed by the two-door version perhaps around February of 2018.

Head over to TTAC to read the document in full.

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