V orne a golden eagle flies, the one behind is blowing American flag, and on top of that there is the slogan: “There's only one.” No, we are not facing a megalomaniac beer-belly rocker with a tattoo addiction, but a Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle, affixed with American restraint. The eagle among climbers is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Whether that is reason enough to paint yourself borderline embarrassing remains to be seen. In any case, because of the green-yellow metallic paint, you can only get around the city unnoticed at night and when there is a power failure.
Golden Eagle is a tradition at Jeep
In the wild seventies, on the other hand, the Jeep Wrangler in the model variants CJ 5 and CJ 7 with Golden Eagle war paint was as sexy and iconic as an afro look on NBA basketball players. You showed what you have. And with a Wrangler, leafing through the prospectus, it smelled of freedom, sideburns and laughing girls in bell-bottoms who barely held onto the roll bar. And there was a lot of reason to hold on: Jeeps of these years stormed up the legendary, because extremely heavy, Rubicon Trail, but with their rustic rigid axle chassis they swayed like a southerner after a quarter of a gallon of bourbon whiskey even when cornering. However, they could interlock like no other vehicle.
The Wrangler thinks little of the driving dynamics approaches of modern SUVs
Also the 2009 version of the Wrangler, which is descended from the legendary Willys military jeep (since 2007 with the abbreviation JK) is still talented because underneath the bulky hard rubber wheel arches there is still a wide swinging rigid axle with a Panhard rod and - at least - an additional trailing arm. Anyone who is only a little familiar with the world of automotive technology knows that comfort and handling must be as far removed from the perfection of the chic SUV guild as the Americans are from the next moon trip.
And that's a good thing. The Wrangler has an effect on its driver - or let's call it tamer - like jumping out of a well-heated living room into a pond in Alaska in the morning. He kicks off the entire driving dynamics approach of modern SUVs like an American footballer the leather egg.
A 2.8-liter turbo diesel with 177 hp nails
Welcome to the automotive wilderness, where curvesconquered with the stiff, indirect steering and asphalt holes can still be felt. The gear lever clicks into the alley, gnarled and full like the bow handle of an American refrigerator. A fresh breeze rushes from the air conditioning directly into the nostrils, and the steering wheel feels as if it had been carved out of one piece of the best polycarbonate. In addition, the 2.8-liter turbodiesel with four cylinders and 177 hp nails dull and satisfied. With this unusually large displacement-per-cylinder ratio, the common rail engine from the Italian manufacturer Venturi Motori stomps up to 410 Nm. The primeval cattle tear when accelerating as if pulled by a horde of freshly branded bulls. With their vehemence, traffic light starts put the driver in a good mood. It may be that the measured eleven seconds from zero to 100 km /h are rather meager and the turbo lag is as big as a super-size burger, but the Wrangler does it with character. Which is a beneficial antithesis in an age of increasingly perfectionist cars. It's just a ride on an eagle and not in the business class of a jumbo jet.
Don't be afraid of dents, scratches and difficult passages
'Bang' is already knocking the next pothole into the spinal cord, looking for the roughly soled 17-inch Cycle their own way beyond the driver's wish. But getting upset about it would mean complaining about the wavy walls of a log cabin. On roads that are not too wavy, it even rolls very well. Nobody buys the Wrangler for the daily commute, let alone to take the children to school. Although that would certainly push the parents' coolness point account up to a level with Mount McKinley. Rather, he is a real guy without fear of dents, scratches and difficult passages. Well, let's not say too complex depending on driver skills.
Under its ladder frame is a switchable all-wheel drive (Comand Trac, based on the rear wheel) without intelligent electronic control, such as that offered by a Land Rover. Therefore, for the sake of completeness, we also mention that he is not into load changes, likes to move in undulating corners and the driver, despite ESP, does well not to provoke the eagle. After the tenth deceleration, it needs more than 50 meters of braking distance from 100 km /h to a standstill. Ouch.
The Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle is limited to 150 pieces
Bang, the next frost break throws the occupants back towards the headliner. Which doesn't have to cause a headache, since it only consists of a flexible tarpaulin that is pulled over the bracket. It's called a bikini top, and we like it topless best. This also makes dealing with parking garages a lot easier. Because in the absence of window panes, the plastic pane must be opened with a zipperwill. In addition, the wind then floods around the passengers so nicely uninhibited. Which doesn’t spoil the show for the robust sound that pounds from the large audio system. Americans just know what is important when having rustic fun. The gold piece, which costs 28,790 euros, is limited to 150 copies. At this price, there is also a much more comfortable, quieter, more agile and more economical VW Tiguan. Wait a minute - did the eagle just yawn on the bonnet?