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.
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.