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We Wish It Was Here Now

2021 Ram Rebel TRX
Ram Rebel TRX teaser.

It’s a little hard to focus right now, with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing. New car news by and large feels pretty superfluous at the moment, and it’s hard to escape it. But some things still shine through. Especially if it’s a truck that could help us increase our social distancing, by taking us well off the road, and deep into the trails. Or into the middle of the desert. We’re talking of course of the Ram Rebel TRX, and we wish it was here now.

While its official debut hasn’t happened yet, FCA has gone to tease this F-150 Raptor rivaling pickup truck in several ways. The most significant example was teasing it on the 2020 Drive for Design promotional poster. And according intel published by Allpar, we can expect optional exterior features like unique graphics, beadlock capable wheels, and a bed-mounted spare tire. On the inside, there’s plenty to get excited about, as well.

Ram Rebel TRX
The 2016 Ram Rebel TRX Concept

The Allpar report indicates that the T-Rex will start with a rather premium interior, including the glitzy 12-inch UConnect system that’s caused all of the automotive media to ooh and ahh as they commute their 12,750-pound-max-towing pickup truck to the local farmer’s market.

Under the hood, it was initially speculated that the Ram Rebel TRX would have a de-tuned version of the Hellcat V8. This was the case with the 2016 concept truck, after all, which had 575 horsepower. Thankfully, the folks at Ram see no reason to deprive the T-Rex of true dinosaur juice-burning fury, and it will have over 700 horsepower, just like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat muscle cars. Similarly, power will be sent through a ZF-source 8-speed automatic transmission to a heavy duty four-wheel-drive system, per the report. We’re also told to expect a towing package that includes the integrated trailer brake controller.

A leaked VIN plate further confirms a Hellcat V8 engine under the hood.

Who’s excited?

Ram Rebel TRX Teaser

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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