JL Turbo vs V6 Offroad compare | Which jeep Wrangler JL Engine is Best?

JL Turbo vs V6 Offroad compare | Which jeep Wrangler JL Engine is Best?


I’m Ryan from extremeterrain.com and in this
video we’re gonna be bringing you the 2 liter and the 3.6 liter JL out on the trail. What we have here today are my two-door 2
liter turbo JL that I have never had off road yet, so I’m very excited to be testing that
thing out. And over here we have a 3.6 liter four-door
Sahara and what we’re going to be doing is hitting a couple of different obstacles out
here designed to show you how these Jeeps work in different RPM ranges. We know that these are gonna produce different
amounts of horsepower and different amounts of torque because we put both the 2 liter
and the 3.6 liter on the rollers and saw what those numbers look like. Make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel
that way you can check out that video. But if you haven’t seen it yet, the 3.6 liter
made 239 horsepower and 223 foot-pounds of torque where the 2 liter turbo made 233 horsepower
and 270 foot-pounds of torque. So the big difference there is that torque
number, 270 foot-pounds out of the 2 liter turbo engine. However, because it is a turbo, we saw that
coming in right around that 3000 RPM range and up where the power band on the 3.6 liter
was a little bit flatter. So I’m very interested to see how that actually
plays out on the trail. These Jeeps are both bone stock. We did air down the tires to about 25 PSI
and disconnect the factory sway bars, but other than that completely stocked because
we wanted to give you a really clear comparison of what these vehicles are unmodified. This Jeep is going to be heavily modified
very soon after I start my build. So again, make sure you subscribe to the YouTube
channel that way you can follow along with the build. This Jeep is not going to be this small for
very long. All that being said, let’s hit the trails. So we got our first little shake downhill,
we’re in the 3.6 liter here. It’s nothing all that crazy, but there’s a
little bit of a ledge on the right-hand side down toward the bottom. A little bit of a ledge on the left up toward
the top. So normally I’m more of a technical wheeler
but I’m gonna give it a little bit of throttle. I do you want to feel the engine differences,
so I do want to be choosing the engine. So I’m gonna give it a little bit of throttle,
see if I can get a little bit of a shakedown to see how things feel for low. Put it down into first gear. So let’s see how it feels. First little ledge coming up here. No problem here. Even giving a little throttle, didn’t have
a lot of slip. So even giving it a little bit of extra throttle
it didn’t get a lot of spinning there, but it was a pretty good shakedown. Let’s hop in the 2 liter, see how it handles
it, and then we’ll get down to some hills that are designed to specifically show us
some higher RPM and some lower RPM stuff. So here we are now in the 2 liter, going up
the same little shakedown obstacle. I haven’t had this Jeep off-road, certainly
haven’t wheeled with this engine, so very exciting to see how it feels. Again, give it a little bit of throttle just
like before, get a little bit of wheel spin and see how she takes it. So coming up that, I did give it a little
bit more throttle. Trying to get a little bit of wheel speed,
trying to get the RPMs up a little bit. It really felt like in four-low in these Jeeps
that everything is sort of dumb down. It’s a little bit softer. So we had a little bit of high, little bit
of low. That was a pretty good little shakedown. Now let’s move on to the next obstacle where
we’re gonna stick with something that’s a little bit more of that low RPM crawling. Now it’s time to hit a much more difficult
trail. This is actually a black trail. For those of you that aren’t familiar, they
rake trails here at Rausch Creek and a lot of off-road parks just like skiing trails,
so you have green, blue, black, red. So this is pretty aggressive, but I think
it is going to really show a big difference in engines and in power feeling when you are
doing some of that lower speed crawling. So I have Sage out in front of me here giving
me a spot because I’m definitely gonna need it going through this. And we’re just gonna see how far up this trail
we can make it. And here we go, let’s get after it. So as with the first hill, it feels like the
3.6 liter does have plenty of power for what we’re doing here. These are some pretty big rocks. Pretty much everything I’m coming up to is
a pretty aggressive step. I’m just taking our time crawling through
here, but yeah, it feels good. You give it a little bit of throttle and it
seems to get right up and go. This is our first really big step here that
we’re going to attempt. I have to take it out a bit of an angle because
I don’t think we have the approach angle here being a stock high Jeep, but we’re going to
see. So we’ve gotten as far as I think we’re going
to make it up this black trail, which is pretty much as far as I thought we would get. We just don’t quite have the lift or the tire
size to make it up this, but what it did do was really show us how much power we have
to come up to an obstacle where it’s pretty much as big as the front tire is and in four-low,
give it a little bit of throttle and be able to just pull right up over those obstacles. Now we’re going to back down this trail, we’re
gonna hop into the two-door 2 liter and see how it handles it. So here we go. We got back to the bottom of our little test
trail here, this time in the 2 liter two-door. Gonna run it again and see how much of a difference
or maybe how little the difference the engine makes. Here we go. So far, so good. Again, as we come up to these ledges that
are some of them as big as the tires, you get the tire set right up to it, give it a
little bit of throttle, you have plenty of power to pull up and out of these little gullies
between the boulders. And we’re pretty much at an idle just above
when we need to get over something. We’re not really bumping over anything. This is really that slow technical crawling. I’m pretty confident we’re still not gonna
make it all the way up here, but we’re gonna get as far as we can. So we did get a little bit further than we
got in the four-door with the 3.6 liter. Again, not really because of one engine over
the other, really just one body style over the other. But again, running this was to show you what
slow speed crawling looks like with the 3.6 liter and with the 2 liter engine. Both of them performed very, very well on
this hill. What we’re gonna do now is go up to a hill
where it requires a little bit more wheel speed and see how one engine performs versus
the other in that type of scenario. All right, so this is going to be the third
obstacle here. Pretty snowy hill. Expecting a good set of wheel slipped here. So I’m gonna get the RPM up, see how the 3.6
liter feels up in that slightly a higher RPM range. So here we go. Well, I would say that’s a pretty good test
of a little bit more wheel speed. It’s really interesting what these newer Jeeps
do to modulate the RPM for you while you’re trying to get out of an obstacle there. So I was on the throttle working the wheel
back and forth a little bit. I knew there was a big ledge there to my right
that I didn’t want into the door, so I was being a little bit careful, but even as I
was in the RPM, the Jeep was dropping RPM for me and changing things up which is really
interesting. The 3.6 liter still had plenty of torque once
I did find some traction there to pull me up and out of that little-stuck spot. So now we’ll head back down the hill and hop
in the 2 liter to try that out. So we’re gonna head up the same obstacle now
in the 2 liter and see how that feels again. Gonna probably end up in the same situation,
a little bit of wheel speed, kind of searching for the grip and see how it goes. Here we go. There we go. Looks like we are up and over. So again, I noticed a lot of the same things
as I did with the 3.6 liter. The engine RPM is really more controlled by
the ECU than anything else even though I was on the throttle working the wheel back and
forth trying to find that grip. The RPM was being modulated sort of for me
by the ECU, but eventually once I did find that grip, more than enough torque, more than
enough power to pull us up and out of that hole up over those ledges. It was really more of a traction issue than
a power issue. Both engines felt like they had more than
enough power to get us through this obstacle, even at the higher RPM that we’re working
in and the higher wheel speeds. So I know a lot of you came here expecting
me to tell you which one of these Jeeps you should buy if you plan on doing a lot of off-roading,
either the new 2 liter turbo or the redesigned 3.6 liter from the JK, and the answer is they’re
both really, really good. I think we showed you from the tests today,
either in a low RPM, a high RPM, a little bit of a mix, that both of these Jeeps are
going to perform very, very well for you. Now, if you were in a situation where you’re
on the road, you’re accelerating from a stop, you’re merging onto a highway, the additional
power that you get, more specifically the additional torque that you get from the 2
liter turbo is going to be really, really useful for you and you’re also going to get
some other benefits like fuel mileage with that 2.0. But the test today was off-road and I have
to say these are very, very evenly matched. If you were making a decision just based off
of the test like we did today, you will be really hard to find a clear winner. Now, all of that being said, both of these
Jeeps are still bone stock. Once you get big tires, gears, a bunch of
armor involved, that may change where the power band sits and you may get a little bit
more of a clear winner one way or the other once you do that. Speaking of all of that, this is probably
the last time you’re gonna see this little two-door bone stock like this. We are going to be adding all of those things
I just mentioned and a lot more, so make sure you comment below and let me know what you
think I should be doing with my 2 liter two-door in the build that is coming very, very soon. And of course, as always, make sure you subscribe
to our YouTube channel that way you can check out more JL videos and some more of the best
Jeep content out there.

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11 Comments

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  2. Thanks so much for the Video , Looking at a JL at this time , same color as well , but with a soft top . …

  3. Love your videos, but you never remember to mention what transfer case you have and when you are in 4H or 4L, and if you used any of the hill descent or other aids. For us noobs, it would really help if you tried to remember to mention this verbally or put an overlay on screen.

  4. 2 door 2.0 liter vrs a 4 door with a v6 with the same horse power diffrent tourque you needed to compare 2 2 doors with diffrent engines

  5. Why compare engines off-road… just throw 35s on them assuming both have the same gearing and see which one can drive up a mountain better

  6. Can't you guys talk to our friends at Jeep? They should be going up, not down. We should be seeing a V8 by now, not a motor that's smaller than my wife's RAV 4!

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