Ram unveiled the Rebel TRX concept at 2016 State Fair of Texas last week and it’s packing some serious heat with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine.
Colloquially known as the Hellcat, the V-8 is cranking out 707 horsepower in the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT, but in the Rebel TRX it has been detuned to a more manageable 575 horsepower. The Rebel TRX may not have the full 707hp that the engine is capable of producing, but it’s still the most powerful Ram the automaker has ever built and it’s ahead of the Ford F-150 Raptor by 125 ponies.
To handle the power increase, Ram engineers took a standard Rebel and outfitted it with bespoke CV half-shafts, rear Dynatrac Pro 60 axle with electric locking differential, set of 37-inch tires and bedlock wheels. Also installed was a custom BorgWarner 44-45 transfer case which features four driving mode; Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road and Baja.
Making the concept more off-road ready are 2.5-inch bypass shocks and an increase in suspension travel by 40%, giving the Rebel TRX an overall travel of over 13 inches. For more stopping power, Baer six-piston monoblock calipers with 15-inch rotors are used and in the rear are six-piston calipers on 14-inch rotors. If someone does manage to pop a tire, there are two additional full-size spare tires in the pickup bed along with custom tools and a jack.
With the concept, Ram has proven that they can take on the Ford Raptor in the desert, but there is no mention of the Hellcat Rebel going into production yet. If Ram does decide to move it into production, then they’ll have a formidable Raptor fighter on their hands.