It seems as though FCA might already be conducting road testing for the forthcoming Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX, employing at least one test mule with regular Ram 1500 bodywork. At a glance, the truck featured in some recent spy shots over at Motor1 certainly looks like an ordinary Ram 1500 Big Horn, the only apparent alterations being the non-original wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires and, perhaps, a beefed-up rear suspension. But according to Motor1‘s spy photographers, the truck was wearing a Manufacturer plate, and the sound emanating from under the hood when the truck took off was enhanced by the unmistakable whine of a supercharger.
Since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has already confirmed that the Ram Rebel TRX would indeed reach production, and since the TRX concept truck unveiled in 2016 had the company’s supercharged, 6.2L Hellcat V8 stuffed under the hood, we can say with some level of confidence that the spied truck is, in fact, a TRX test mule.
FCA in June confirmed that it would produce the Ram Rebel TRX in order to take advantage of the “Raptor effect” – a phenomenon named for Ford’s hot-selling F-150 Raptor. That truck attracts young buyers with somewhere near twice as much median income as the rest of the country, FCA says, and as a result, the average transaction price is an appropriately lofty $71k or so.
A 2016 concept truck represented our first taste of what a Ram Rebel TRX off-road performance truck might be like, featuring a beefy suspension with 40-percent more travel, big Baer brakes, beadlock-capable wheels, and a supercharged V8 tuned to produce “just” 575 peak horsepower. That horsepower rating could be the result of application-specific tuning that favors low-end torque, but we’d be surprised if the production version of the Ram Rebel TRX didn’t offer the same 707 horsepower as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
For the spy photos, visit Motor1.com.