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2023 RAM 2500 HD REBEL IS YOUR BARGAIN BACKWOODS BIG RIG

The Big Rebel Can Be Had With A Cummins Diesel, Or Gas V8 Engine

2023 Ram 2500 HD Rebel
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For $68,940 USD, plus a $1,895 destination fee, The 2023 Ram 2500 HD Rebel is the latest foray into the off-road truck market. For the money, it’s more cost-effective than a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2, and Ford F-150 Raptor, while offering more size, and most of the content found on the hulking Ram HD Power Wagon.

2023 Ram 2500 HD Rebel
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It might look like a Power Wagon, but Ram insists it’s not. For example, a Ram HD Rebel can be equipped with a Cummins I6 turbo diesel engine pushing out 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque paired with a six-speed automatic. A Power Wagon does not offer the Cummins at the moment. But like its bigger brother, the Rebel features a standard 6.4L Hemi V8 with 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque paired to a ZF 8-speed. Like the Power Wagon, the 392 cubic-inch Hemi V8 also can come with a 12,000-pound winch up front. The Cummins option doesn’t offer this pairing.

As for the chassis, the 2023 Ram HD Rebel features a unique five-link coil suspension, with an available rear air suspension system. Controlling the power to the wheels is a rear limited-slip differential with an electronic locker, along with protective underbody skid plates. The new truck also features 20-inch wheels wrapped around 33-inch off-road tires. 18-inch wheels will be available late in the model year. The inside can be had with a cloth bench seat, too, before moving up into more premium furnishings and helpful technologies like a 360-degree camera and blind spot monitoring systems.

So, with Power Wagon looks, a Cummins diesel, and a lower price, what’s the point of keeping both the Ram HD Rebel and Power Wagon trim around? Simply put: 35-inch tires and a front locking differential. Both of those high-budget off-road accoutrements are not found on the Ram HD Rebel where they are on the Power Wagon.

The 2023 Ram HD Rebel will be at dealers later this year. Options and additional pricing is also TBA.

2023 Ram 2500 HD Heavy Duty Rebel

2023 Ram 2500 HD Heavy Duty Rebel

2023 Ram 2500 HD Rebel

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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