Jeep has already confirmed a Grand Cherokee Hellcat with SRT’s 6.2-liter 707 horsepower supercharged HEMI V8 is on the way, but where else might the venerable Hellcat motor be put to good use? Fiat Chrysler seems to think the engine would work well under the hood of the Ram Heavy Duty, if recent spy shots from Autoblog are any indication.
The spy shots show two Ram Power Wagon prototypes with uprated off-road suspension, knobby off-road tires and most importantly, hoods with massive air intakes worked into them. This would suggest that whatever engine is hiding under the truck’s stealthy matte black sheetmetal, it needs a lot of cold air to stay operational. The hoods are also rather tall, perfect for accommodating the sizable Hellcat motor with its top-mounted 2.3-liter blower.
Dropping the Hellcat motor in the newly revamped Ram PowerWagon would certainly make for an interesting competitor to the light-duty Ford SVT Raptor, and we get the feeling fans of the infamous Viper-engined Ram SRT10 would also take a liking to the ‘Helltruck’. It would be an expensive offering with comparatively poor fuel economy to standard Rams, but cars are rarely both cool and sensible.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves, though. We don’t know what secrets these prototypes are harboring, and Hellcat-powered HD Ram admittedly seems far-fetched. Check out the photos over on Autoblog and let us know what you think in the comments.