Jeep has always been steeped in military heritage, that’s why we’ve dedicated our TJ BRC-12 build to a honor that history. But with modern military needs the Jeep has taken a backseat to the the HMMWV as the standard MILSPEC lightweight troop vehicle. Fortunately competition fosters progress and Jeep has taken their JK a step further by designing a variant that meets the needs of troops in hostile environments. This model is called the Jeep J8
The J8 is equipped with a 2.8L turbocharged diesel that delivers nearly 200HP and 339Lb-Ft of torque. It also comes standard with a Dana 60, with options for a Hutchinson Runflat System, armor, or LMG mounts. The only thing the JP8 needs are some Bushwacker Flat Style Flares for better articulation, then they’d be perfect!
Here are the various model specifications from the distributor JGMS:
Jeep J8 3-Door Light Utility:
The J8 3-door is a light utility workhorse that combines high payload and towing capability with legendary off-road performance, creating the ideal vehicle for transport, maintenance and communications missions in the most extreme conditions. Seating is for two, with a spacious rear compartment for equipment and supplies.
Jeep J8 5-Door Light Utility:
Jeep J8 Armored Vehicles:
We utilize hot formed ballistic steel technology for J8 armoured vehicles: an overtly armored military patrol vehicle for staff and infrastructure protection and peacekeeping; and a covert or discreetly armored vehicle for diplomats, aid workers and other high-risk individuals. Replacing the original J8 body with a formidable armored cell reduced vehicle mass, door sag, cost and (most importantly) risk of penetration. J8 armored vehicles are certified by Germany’s Beschussamt to BRV 2009/VR7 (ballistic) and ERV 2010 (blast).
Jeep J8 Border Patrol Vehicle (BPV):
Jeep J8 Light Patrol Vehicle (LPV):
LPV offers force commanders a highly mobile platform for surveillance, base patrol and rapid offensive actions. This 3-door vehicle includes modular storage systems and weapons mounts; LPV can be equipped with communications, recovery, night mobility and zoned or removable armor for ballistic and blast protection.
Jeep J8 Personnel / Cargo Carrier:
Based on the 3-door Light Utility Vehicle, this variant is equipped with additional seating for 6 personnel in the rear who are protected via a heavy-duty tubular structure with standard soft or optional hard top. The rear seats can be folded or removed allowing the vehicle to be used for general transportation of cargo.