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Hellcat-Powered Ram Rebel TRX Spied Running Silver Lake Sand Dunes: Video

Ram Is Looking To Jump Over The Raptor With Eight Cylinders And A Supercharger

FCA is looking to build its momentum in the pickup truck market with something that will make Ford F-150 Raptor owners blush; and that’s the Hellcat-powered 2021 Ram Rebel TRX. Originally teased as a concept vehicle three years ago, truck and off-road enthusiasts still talk about it, which is a great sign that an off-road Raptor fighter from Ram is a great concept indeed.

The video above, by 5thGenRams, shows a squadron of 2021 Ram Rebel TRX pickup trucks in action at Michigan’s picturesque Silver Lake Sand Dunes off-road recreation area. It’s the perfect place to test the capabilities of a truck like this. Unfortunately, you can’t get a good listen to the holler of the Hellcat under the hood.

Hellcat Badge

According to details uncovered by Motor1, FCA even built a Ram Rebel TRX test mule with the mighty Demon engine – though that doesn’t necessarily indicate that it will reach production. Other Rebel TRX prototypes were fitted with the Hellcat, but with a unique air induction system from the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger Hellcats. We’ll stop short of speculating that the upcoming Rebel TRX will have the full 700-plus horsepower output as seen with the Dodge duo, as the Ram Rebel TRX concept from 2016 had 575 horsepower. That’s still 125 horsepower more than the Raptor.

A 10-speed automatic is expected to provide shifting duties, but with a more traditional gear selector in lieu of the rotary knob currently found in the Ram 1500. Additionally, the 2021 TRX will sport dual Bilstein shocks at each wheel, countering the Fox Racing jump shocks fitted onto the F-150 Raptor. Also according to the report, the Ram Rebel TRX will introduce ARB Air Lockers at both front and rear axles, using pressurized air to lock the axles for superior traction. The front axle incorporates six lug nuts, while the rear has eight. TRX Prototypes also sport riveted fender flares, a dual exhaust system, and a noticeably taller ride height.

Ram Rebel TRX
The 2016 Ram TRX Concept

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.

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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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