The 2013 AEV Brute DC350 is a modified Jeep Wrangler that sports a lifted off-road suspension, 35-inch tires, a pickup bed and a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. Additional features include specialized Dynatrack ProRock high-strength axles, roof racks and a snorkel kit.
Brute conversions are performed by American Expeditionary Vehicles, a company specializing in converting Jeep vehicles into high-performance off-road machines. The 2013 conversion began with a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as the base vehicle, from which AEV removed the stock engine and replaced it with the HEMI V8 engine made by Dodge for its Grand Cherokee SRT8. This large engine produced 470 horsepower and 465 foot-pounds of peak torque. AEV modified the steering and lifted suspension with its own systems that were intended to emulate the feel of the stock Jeep Unlimited as much as possible. Off-road tires mounted on 17-inch rims complete the drivetrain and wheel conversion.
Prices for an AEV Brute DC 350 conversion could be high, with fully-optioned conversions often costing more than $100,000. However, AEV did not require all possible modifications on all Brutes they produced, so not all examples of this vehicle include certain options. Items such as the snorkel kit, new bumpers and high-strength axles were considered optional.