Ram Trucks appears to have confirmed that an off-roading-focused Ram Rebel TRX is in the works, with the highly-potent truck now listed under “Upcoming Vehicles” on the Fiat Chrysler brand’s website, Motor Authority discovered. The new model is expected to be powered by FCA’s supercharged, 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 just like the Ram Rebel TRX concept unveiled at the 2016 Texas State Fair, although the engine in that concept was tuned to produce “just” 575 horsepower – not the 707 we’ve grown accustomed to from the Hellcat-powered Dodge Charger/Challenger and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Even with a Hellcat engine in a lower state of tune, the Ram Rebel TRX would be a natural competitor to Ford’s 450-horsepower/510-lb-ft F-150 Raptor.
Earlier this year, 5thGenRams.com heard from its sources that the new Ram Rebel would come in two different high-powered off-roading variants: the Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX, and the lesser Ram Rebel TR. The latter, the website claims, will be powered by a normally-aspirated, 7.0-liter V8 named “Banshee”, capable of up to 520 horsepower and 525 or more lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the website’s sources say that the range-topping TRX won’t have the 575-horsepower rating of the 2016 concept truck, but the full 707 horsepower available from other Hellcat-powered Fiat Chrysler vehicles.
Currently, the Ram Trucks website says nothing of a Rebel TR.
While we still can’t say when the Ram Rebel TRX will launch or what exact form it will take, the 2016 TRX concept gives us some clues for what to expect. That truck wore 37-inch-diameter Toyo M/T off-roading tires on beadlock-capable wheels, and packed a set of internal-bypass shocks that allowed up to 13 inches of travel up front. Stopping power was provided by a set of six-piston Baer brake calipers, and the truck boasted a wider track, accommodated by an aggressive widebody kit. Further aiding its mean exterior appearance was a side-exit exhaust kit and the obligatory showy front skid plate.
While an all-new, fifth-generation Ram 1500 has now entered production, the previous-generation model is still being produced alongside it, so as Motor Authority notes, it’s uncertain which truck might form the basis of the forthcoming Ram Rebel TRX – let alone when it might arrive. Stay tuned as we learn more.