By now, we’ve all likely heard about Ram’s forthcoming Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX, but rumor has it that another intriguing iron-block V8 is heading to the Ram Rebel line. According to numerous publications, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is working on a big, 7.0-liter-displacement Hemi V8 codenamed “Banshee”, with plans to drop the new motor into a lesser Rebel model called the “Ram Rebel TR”. A Ram test mule spied recently may have been carrying that exact engine, according to Motor1, as it had a unique exhaust note, and extra frame rail supports stretching back to the rear doors to handle the added thrust.
The idea for a Ram Rebel TRX first surfaced in 2016, when FCA debuted the truck as a 575-horsepower concept, drawing on the supercharged, 6.2L Dodge SRT Hellcat engine for power. It was since confirmed for production, and according to the automaker, it’ll arrive by 2022. The idea of the Ram Rebel TR is comparatively new, however. It’s expected to slot in below the Rebel TRX in the lineup, packing something like 520 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque, courtesy of the aforementioned 7.0L Banshee V8.
For comparison’s sake, the current Ram Rebel has a hearty 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque at its beck and call, via FCA’s 5.7L Hemi V8. Those are by no means unimpressive figures, although they’re bested by the Ford F-150 Raptor’s 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft.
According to Motor1, there is a possibility that FCA might differentiate the Ram Rebel TR and Rebel TRX by making the TR the off-road-oriented Raptor-fighter, and the TRX a high-powered, high-performance street truck, but that’s as impossible to corroborate as the very existence of the 7.0L “Banshee” itself. And that’s important to keep in mind; these are, for now, nothing more than unconfirmed rumors.
Stay tuned for more on the rumored Ram Rebel TR and its Hellcat-powered counterpart as it develops.