America’s Big Three automakers all seem quite fond of Easter Eggs these days – small, easy-to-miss clues that either pay homage to the company’s heritage and history, or indicate what to expect from some yet-unannounced future product. Of course, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but quite often, when an automaker releases a photograph of a new vehicle’s interior and there’s a certain time on the clock or readout on the speedometer, the automaker is hinting at something.
Therefore, as innocuous as it may seem that the clock reads “7:07” in a recent FCA photo depicting the interior of the all-new, 2019 RAM Rebel, the fact that “707” happens to be the peak horsepower rating of the SRT Hellcat motor could just as easily be quite significant. Jonny Lieberman of Motor Trend fame spotted that potential Easter Egg, speculating on Instagram that it could point to a future “Rebel Hell” or “Hell Rebel” – that is, a high-performance, Hellcat-powered version of the RAM Rebel.
We suspect he’s right.
Rebel Hell!! Or is that Hell Rebel? What am I talking about? Looks like Ram is dropping Easter Eggs about a Ram Rebel Hellcat. Yup, a 707 horsepower supercharged, supersized pickup truck. Checkout the clock from this Rebel on display at the Detroit show. See the time? 7:07. Coincidence? No way. Remember all them Demon teasers? This makes sense for several reasons. A) Why the hell not? B) Ram and Jeep share tech. Like the detachable sway bars from the Wrangler that’s also on the Power Wagon. Jeeps AWD hardware from the Trackhawk would work on the Rebel Hell. C) Gas is still super cheap. Let’s burn it! Would the Hell Rebel be permanent AWD like the Trackhawk? Or will all that power and torque be used for burnouts?!? Also, remember that Ford is supposedly working on some sort of super Raptor, possibly called the Raptor SVT. It might have a 7.0-liter V-8. Let the games begin!! #ram #rebel #hellcat #rebelhell #hellrebel 👍💥🇺🇸👍💥🇺🇸👍💥🇺🇸
Of course, it seems more likely to us that such a truck would use the RAM Rebel “TRX” moniker introduced with the brand’s high-performance, Ford-Raptor-esque concept from 2016. The TRX was announced at the time to make 575 horsepower with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 like the one in the SRT Hellcat, tuned to prioritize low-end torque a tad more for the sake of off-road capability.
The RAM Rebel TRX was said to be entering production this year, so it shouldn’t be too long before we know for sure what the “7:07” in this press photo means – if anything. We’ll be watching this story develop from the edges of our seats.