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Old 08-16-2011, 09:10 PM   #1
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After scouring the internet for hours (multitasking) and not being able to locate one post or review listing the 0-60 times of the new Jeep Wrangler (2012) I decided it was time that I found out myself.

I own a 2011 and its great - 0-60 is a little slow - 11.3 or so - but it is a jeep so who cares. Around town its all I need - if I want a fast vehicle this should not be it - I have 3500 miles, sahara unlimited, 3.73 auto, soft top, full doors, side airbage, 430 nav - about 33k sticker last year. The perfect car.

I had been wondering was the new jeep a lot faster? How? its a brick.

I went to a dealer locally to drive one. Sahara Hardtop (heavier than mine) - 3.2 (not 3.73) gearing, auto, 730 nav, etc...

The 0-60 test consisted of me, a street, my iphone stopwatch and a heavy foot. I am pretty coordinated in timing the start stop feature.

No engine rev while holding the brake - good old release the brake and pound the gas like granny would. No manual shift the auto - just drive and go.

ready -- set -- go --

jam the gas and press start - 10 - 20 - 30 ... 60 --- 8.6!
round 2 8.7

The car had 8 miles on it.

that is significant. The difference is simple. both feel fine around town. the new engine just feels like any normal run of the mill car (which all do 60 in the mid 8's). The thrill is that it no longer feels like it is working. I am not saying it is good or bad - again -- its a jeep. But i have to give chrysler credit (or fiat) - they did a nice job.

I imagine if you do local driving you will not really notice - highway - if you care or need to drive fast - which i don't - it will be different. However, applying a little more gas will probably balance the feel.

I am not defending my 11 - i could bite the bullet and get the 12 for a small hit - i may - dont know - but I really wanted to post a 0-60 time as it seems a lot of people are curious. Good luck - if you get an 11 or 12 - its a jeep and its just plain fun - regardless of the 3.8 or 3.6 - but if you are still deciding - bite the bullett - spend the extra ching and get the 12 - that is an absolute no brainer.

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but if you are still deciding - bite the bullett - spend the extra ching and get the 12 - that is an absolute no brainer.
0% financing for 5 years on 2011s right now is surely something to consider.

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I would hate to be the guy that purchased a "new" wrangler with 8 miles on it when those first 8 miles consisted of tire kickers testing 0-60 times...
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0% financing for 5 years on 2011s right now is surely something to consider.
I got 1.49% for 72 months on a '12.
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Remind me not to buy a Jeep in Short Hills NJ. BTW, how do you manage to test drive without a sales puke present?
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Good info. 8.6 is better than i would have guessed.
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I would hate to be the guy that purchased a "new" wrangler with 8 miles on it when those first 8 miles consisted of tire kickers testing 0-60 times...
True that.

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I got 1.49% for 72 months on a '12.
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Which bank gave you 1.49% for 72 and what was required (open bank account, credit card, first born)?
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Which bank gave you 1.49% for 72 and what was required (open bank account, credit card, first born)?

I got 1.9 at DCU. Walked in and signed up. It didn't cost me anything. In fact, they gave me 100 dollars to take the loan. I had to promise to start an allotment within 90 days. 30 minutes later I walked out with a check, debit card, and an extra 100 dollars.
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My jeep does 0-60 in 15+ BEAT THAT.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:31 AM   #14
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Race you with my feet

Why do you think I only take my wrangler on long distance trips?

The rest are faster on foot!

The sad thing is it gets to 55 in about 11 seconds. it just takes forever for the last 5
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:46 PM   #15
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After scouring the internet for hours (multitasking) and not being able to locate one post or review listing the 0-60 times of the new Jeep Wrangler (2012) I decided it was time that I found out myself.

I own a 2011 and its great - 0-60 is a little slow - 11.3 or so - but it is a jeep so who cares. Around town its all I need - if I want a fast vehicle this should not be it - I have 3500 miles, sahara unlimited, 3.73 auto, soft top, full doors, side airbage, 430 nav - about 33k sticker last year. The perfect car.

I had been wondering was the new jeep a lot faster? How? its a brick.

I went to a dealer locally to drive one. Sahara Hardtop (heavier than mine) - 3.2 (not 3.73) gearing, auto, 730 nav, etc...

The 0-60 test consisted of me, a street, my iphone stopwatch and a heavy foot. I am pretty coordinated in timing the start stop feature.

No engine rev while holding the brake - good old release the brake and pound the gas like granny would. No manual shift the auto - just drive and go.

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jam the gas and press start - 10 - 20 - 30 ... 60 --- 8.6!
round 2 8.7

The car had 8 miles on it.

that is significant. The difference is simple. both feel fine around town. the new engine just feels like any normal run of the mill car (which all do 60 in the mid 8's). The thrill is that it no longer feels like it is working. I am not saying it is good or bad - again -- its a jeep. But i have to give chrysler credit (or fiat) - they did a nice job.

I imagine if you do local driving you will not really notice - highway - if you care or need to drive fast - which i don't - it will be different. However, applying a little more gas will probably balance the feel.

I am not defending my 11 - i could bite the bullet and get the 12 for a small hit - i may - dont know - but I really wanted to post a 0-60 time as it seems a lot of people are curious. Good luck - if you get an 11 or 12 - its a jeep and its just plain fun - regardless of the 3.8 or 3.6 - but if you are still deciding - bite the bullett - spend the extra ching and get the 12 - that is an absolute no brainer.
Interesting. Was very curious as well. Thanks for the post!
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Why has there not been one "first drive" of the 2012 Wrangler by Car and Driver or Motor trend, etc.? I have never seen a case where the new cars are in the hands of owners before any car rag got to do a test. Anyway, thanks to all you new 2012 owners posting up your reviews.
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That is the most unreliable way to measure 0-60 time short of a sundial to 4 decimal places. It seems in the ballpark, but I'll wait for a measurement that doesn't rely on human reaction time and is independent of any speedometer inaccuracy that may be present.
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I have the torque app which measures 0-60 exactly. I get 9.8 with my 2010 2 door. Have 4.88 gears though but also have heavy 33 MT/r's.
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That is the most unreliable way to measure 0-60 time short of a sundial to 4 decimal places. It seems in the ballpark, but I'll wait for a measurement that doesn't rely on human reaction time and is independent of any speedometer inaccuracy that may be present.
Your worried about the .1 second reaction time altering the results? Its a jeep... not like its a huge difference between 8.5 and 8.6. Its close and its a pretty big difference between the 2011 considering the gears as well.
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I have the torque app which measures 0-60 exactly. I get 9.8 with my 2010 2 door. Have 4.88 gears though but also have heavy 33 MT/r's.
School me on this torque app you elude to. Is this similar to the CANBUS dash app that comes on the Challenger for instance? Did you flash/update your ECU for this?

I'm preparing myself for frustration caused by delays in getting ECU/Superchip options for the new 3.6l...
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Why has there not been one "first drive" of the 2012 Wrangler by Car and Driver or Motor trend, etc.? I have never seen a case where the new cars are in the hands of owners before any car rag got to do a test. Anyway, thanks to all you new 2012 owners posting up your reviews.
I've been wondering the same thing about the car rags. It is like they don't even know of the changes. 
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Why has there not been one "first drive" of the 2012 Wrangler by Car and Driver or Motor trend, etc.? I have never seen a case where the new cars are in the hands of owners before any car rag got to do a test. Anyway, thanks to all you new 2012 owners posting up your reviews.
I have been offered a 2012 Wrangler press kit by a guy close to these rags. This tells me they are finally getting involved, although I'll have to dig and ask more details of him.

I may get that press kit later this week, I'll see what I can legally reproduce or at least report on.
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Your worried about the .1 second reaction time altering the results? Its a jeep... not like its a huge difference between 8.5 and 8.6. Its close and its a pretty big difference between the 2011 considering the gears as well.
If he's within half a second he's extremely lucky. Most people that try stuff like this are off at least a second one way or the other.
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0-60 times for a Wrangler...really? I mean Really?
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i cant see financing a car anything more than 3-4yrs any longer than that and you probably owe more than it worth, not a good feeling.

and like above 0-60 really?
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I agree with everyone. I race cars and understand the dynamic of being off on testing On my 2011 I get around 11.3 and that's a stomp start using the iPhone. Close to where most report. So I figured under 9 - that's good.

Also, my interest is not that I want a fast jeep but the 11 feels like it's always wheezing when getting up to speed (not the manual but the auto - I've owned both in the unlimited) The 12 just feels normal. Around town I barely notice a difference - 0-30 is negligible. I'm just a little bit of a torque junkie and the feel of power instantly and this motor offers a more rewarding feel.

You all have great insight and I thank you for your feedback. I know way about the 12 than I should at this point!
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I tested the 0-60 today with my 2012 Rubicon Automatic with 4.10 gear ratio (fully loaded except side airbags and smoker's package). I weigh around 200. I measured the 0-60 with the VBOX PerformanceBox, which is considered very close to industry measuring standards used by journalists if not equal in terms of measuring performance metrics such as 0-60 and 1/4 mile times (according to the Car and Driver magazine review that is listed below). The measurements were taken without rollout.

My top two runs, during which I managed to get the best acceleration and traction, were both:

8.1 second 0-60 MPH

I'll put in a link comparing the VBOX PerformanceBox to the industry standard VBOX: Car and Driver DriftBox Review. The PerformanceBox is the same as the DriftBox in terms of performance metrics. Unlike the DriftBox, the PerformanceBox does not measure drift...
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Great measurement

Was thIs a 2 door Or 4 door and hardtop or softop?
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I'm 19 and the sales guy thought I would b ok to take a 2011 camaro ss 6spd out by myself. I have 12 points on my Licence.........

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