The Willys Wheeler Edition is based on the Wrangler Sport and features Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It comes coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic.
Off-road hardware includes a Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain tires (sized LT255/75R17), rock rails, and a "Jeep Trail Rated Kit" with a D-ring, tor strap, and gloves for getting the Wrangler unstuck.
Exterior changes include a grille, bumper appliques, and 17-inch aluminum wheels painted gloss black. In keeping with the "Willys" theme, this special-edition Wrangler also gets satin black "4 Wheel Drive" tailgate and "Willys" hood decals.
Those original Willys models weren't exactly well-equipped, but the 2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition gets the Connectivity Group option package, which includes SiriusXM satellite radio. Buyers can also option their Wranglers up to the higher Sport-S level, and add a tire-pressure monitoring system and half-doors.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition hits showrooms early next year, with prices starting at $25,795 for two-door models and $29,595 for four-door Unlimited models.
The Willys is the latest in a long line of special-edition Wranglers: The Wrangler Polar Edition was unveiled two months ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and was preceded by a Wrangler Arctic Edition. The Dragon Edition was based on a concept Jeep unveiled at the 2012 Beijing show. Jeep also produced the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Edition and Call of Duty Black Ops Edition in the unlikely event that video gamers would feel the need to drive into the wilderness.