American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), the company that previously made Jeep enthusiasts salivate with their Brute truck conversion kit, is making a limited number of 2010 AEV J8 military vehicles available to the public.
According to AEV, the J8 was manufactured to withstand durability tests three times more severe than the mainstream civilian Wrangler on which it is based. The axles include a heavy duty Dana 44 front and a Dana 60 rear axle equipped with Dodge Ram brakes. The rear suspension uses leaf springs to handle more than a 2,500 lb. payload capacity and a 3,500 lb. tow rating. The J8 MILSPEC will be assembled in Detroit by AEV and delivered painted, upholstered, fully instrumented and will include ABS brakes, heavy duty suspension and axles, exhaust, wheels and tires.
Although AEV does not provide the powertrain, buyers will be able to easily fit either a VM 2.8-liter diesel engine rated at 174 hp and 339 lb.-ft.of torque or a 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI rated at 330 hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. Military-style options include tow loops that are rated for helicopter use, an air filter capable of running as long as five hours in zero visibility dust storms and remote-mounted batteries. In terms of luxury amenites, there are none provided from AEV as this video on youtube illustrates. Colors are equally limited to “Desert Sand” or “Military Green” on both three and five door models.
The J8 MILSPEC will only be sold and warranted through AEV and its authorized network with an estimated total cost at around $50,000.