Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 AEV Brute Double Cab

  • Unlike AEV's first vehicles, designed to appeal to off-road enthusiasts seeking something different, the Double Cab targets those seeking the same capability but with added interior room and more room for cargo, all with the improved capabilities of the JK platform. It is not meant to replace a traditional pickup, but rather serve the overland market with more utility than a Jeep.

  • My red test vehicle was a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4 ($35,090) fitted with AEV's DC350 package – basically the same as the JK350 package, but on the Brute chassis ($39,999). In addition, it was equipped with a snorkel ($534), splash guards ($114), Warn winch ($250), 37-inch tire upgrade ($400), 4.5-inch suspension upgrade ($100), beadlock wheel upgrade ($850) and a rear slider ($311). Figure about $77,650 for its as-tested price.

  • Upon close scrutiny, it appeared that AEV's craftsmanship and materials were top-notch and the fit and finish of the company's assembly work was impeccable. Note the little details like the fresh water storage tank in the rear bumper and the beautifully integrated engine intake snorkel.

  • As expected from a vehicle raised considerably higher than stock, the step-in is a stretch and the driving position is commanding. Despite its high center of gravity, the Double Cab didn't feel tipsy or nervous during maneuvers. Handling is secure, but a wheelbase stretched to 139 inches all but destroys the stock Jeep's turning radius.

  • The 3.6-liter V6, making about 285 horsepower, was mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The added weight from the conversion and oversized tires do slow acceleration. While still perfectly adequate for on-road performance, those wanting more power for deep sand, snow drifts or more challenging conditions should consider AEV's 6.4-liter Hemi conversion.

  • Our spectacular pictures don't do the Double Cab justice – it looks impressive brightly polished, but even better caked in mud. Next time.

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    Vital Stats


    3.6L V6


    285 HP / 260 LB-FT


    5-Speed Auto


    Four-Wheel Drive




    $77,650 (as tested)

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    Image Credit: Copyright 2013 Drew Phillips / AOL

    Category: Aftermarket, Truck, Jeep, Off-Road, Quick Spins

    Tags: 2013 jeep wrangler, aev, aev brute, aev brute double cab, american expedition vehicles, featured, jeep, quick spin, quickspin


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