Jeep Gladiator Red Bare Proves a Little Customization Goes a Long Way
The 2021 Jeep Easter Safari may be over now (March 27 – April 4 2021), but it left a lot of impressive Jeep one-offs in its wake. Thousands of Jeepers, rock crawlers, off-roaders, and outdoor enthusiasts came together to tackle the rugged trails in Moab, Utah after the 2020 Jeep Easter Safari was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Every year, Jeep joins forces with Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) to create customized concept vehicles to demonstrate how far you can take a Jeep. Given the power and performance of every concept vehicle Jeep takes to its annual Easter Safari, it’s safe to say none of the vehicles built are merely for show. This year’s (2021) creations included the Jeep Gladiator Red Bare that with its custom touches and Fire Cracker exterior dazzled Jeepers.
With zero chances of blending in while on the trail, this hot rod-colored pickup also features a matte black grille insert, 17-inch matte black wheels, and matte black graphics. The Jeep Gladiator Red Bare also features half doors and a factory black soft-top. Jeep added a Mojave hood along with cowl pieces that change the front end slightly. Under the Mojave hood lies the Red Bare’s efficient 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that generates 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft of torque. The V6 diesel engine is mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Despite its hot rod exterior, the Gladiator Red Bare isn’t packing anything too crazy under the hood.
Jeep upgraded its customary Dana 44 axles with 4.88 axles ratios that yield an improved 91:1 crawl ratio, perfect for conquering the rocky trails in Moab. It’s already well-established that Jeep Gladiator Rubicon trims are engineered for off-road terrain and do not need any upgrades to turn them into off-road capable vehicles. However, what upgrades are common among Jeepers? A basic suspension lift and larger tires! The Gladiator Red Bare features a JPP 2-inch lift kit and 37-inch BFG mud-terrain tires. Jeep added San Slider rock rails and a front bumper grille guard to protect the vehicle from rocks, as well as a Warn winch to assist in the event of a recovery.
Other custom touches on the Jeep Gladiator Red Bare include a cargo bed-mounted sport bar, a rack system, and a bed cover that camouflages a spare tire. All three features help showcase the truck bed’s versatility. The interior cabin is really where the Red Bare shines with red flannel covering portions of the Katzkin Black leather upholstery and dashboard. Jeep aimed for a “bold, rustic finish.” Matching its rugged exterior, the floors of the Gladiator Red Bare are lined with spray-on bedliner and topped with Mopar slush mats for ultimate protection. The best thing about the Gladiator Red Bare? It shows that you don’t have to figuratively reinvent the wheel to add personality to the Jeep Gladiator.
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