Ram Trucks teases Rebel TRX, a Hellcat-blooded Raptor-fighter
Ram is teasing a late-summer 2020 date for its 700-plus-hp 1500 Rebel TRX, which the brand is teasing below, joyously roostertailing on a dry lakebed. Based on the 2016 concept that we’ve never really stopped thinking about, the TRX is set to become the world’s most powerful half-ton pickup if factory output matches the rumors. There are no new details in today’s teaser other than what you see here:
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With ballooned fenders, big 37-inch tires, and long-stroke King bypass shocks, the Rebel TRX is FCA’s shot at Ford’s Raptor, sharing that truck’s penchant for off-road hooliganism. While the exterior has all of the excess and hardcore accoutrements (like the anodized side-pipe exhausts and dual spare tire rack) you’d expect from a concept released at the Texas State Fair, underneath it’s all business with over 13 inches of travel front-and-back thanks to the aforementioned King shocks. While the final output of the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 sourced from the Hellcat family is at present unknown, we expect to see more than 700 hp, not unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Maybe FCA is getting cheeky because Ford is coming after the Jeep Wrangler with the upcoming Bronco? A little rivalry between brands could be fun to watch. For now, we’ll just say we’re excited to see another bonkers pickup that mixes work with plenty of play.