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Is Ram dropping Rebel Hellcat Easter eggs?

by Robert S. Miller on

A good deal of the styling of the 2019 Ram 1500 comes from the Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX Concept unveiled at the 2016 State Fair of Texas. Could more from the TRX be coming?

hellcat trx

On the 2019 Ram 1500, the window on the rear doors has a kink in the bottom, just like the Rebel TRX Concept. The new Sport hood is clearly inspired by the hood on the Rebel TRX Concept. Even the “industrial” Ram’s-head logo from the concept’s steering wheel is the new logo shown on the 2019 Ram 1500 (as Allpar predicted).

Enthusiasts begged Ram to build the truck, but with the new generation only two years out, it would be too large an investment for a truck that was going off the market.

Now, according to our insiders, Ram is working on a Hellcat-powered, Rebel-based truck on the new-generation Ram 1500 body.

Ram pickup concept TRX

Ram may have just dropped the biggest hint yet. While the media was covering all the new technology, powertrain, and styling, one detail was missed: the press kit shows the UConnect screen time set to 7:07 — the power of the Hellcat Hemi V8.

The Rebel is the only model in the press release with 7:07 on the clock.

The Rebel TRX Concept was rated at “just” 585 horsepower; but, while many (including Allpar) believed the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk would only be rated at 650 horsepower for durability reasons, the production model made its debut with all 707 horsepower on tap.

It has been rumored that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor will get a new 7-liter V-8. A Rebel TRX (if that is what the truck will be called) would directly go after Ford’s Raptor; a Hellcat-powered Rebel would be more like the Rebel TRX Concept with the capabilities of a full-out 707 horsepower Raptor killer.

Ram and the Mopar performance parts team have previous experience with designing such a vehicle. In 2011, Mopar designed an aftermarket kit that was more Baja off-roader than street truck with the Ram Runner kit. Unlike the Ram Runner, the Hellcat powered Rebel model would be available straight from the factory and be more street mannered.

It would be a serious bragging point — and a true image leader for Ram.

Robert Miller is a long-time Allpar contributor, Mopar enthusiast, and automotive photographer.

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