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Production-ready? Ram Rebel TRX

by David Zatz on

How likely is it that Ram will make the supercharged Rebel TRX? Is it even possible?

To answer the second question first, yes, it’s possible, and that explains why Ram went out of its way to talk about how many parts fit into the original places, or were in fact used on the production pickups.  If this was simply an attention grabber, they would have swapped out some parts, including the open differential, to open up that supercharged Hemi to more power.

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Ram’s web site has this interesting disclaimer: “Concept vehicle shown. Vehicle specifications may change.” It goes on to say, “With a 6.2L supercharged HEMI® V8 engine and sturdily built with an off-road suspension, the RAM 1500 Rebel® TRX will be the most powerful factory-engineered half-ton pickup.”

Source “redriderbob” wrote, though, that a production Trax was unlikely to see the expensive, limited-production Hellcat. “Body panels could easily be production ready. Throw in a 6.4L Hemi, get rid of the fancy side exhaust/side sills, tire rack in the bed, and roll bar, and the truck could be priced with the Raptor.”

Dropping the power down from 707 to 575 hp, even with the ’Cat, would reduce the amount of potential powertrain abuse, and slash the cooling requirements, which would also help with underhood packaging.

Prefix Minotaur

Prefix makes a similar-concept, Ram-based truck called the Minotaur. “Ramajama” pointed out that they use a Kore Tactical suspension with close to the same specs as the TRX, but with 35” tires rather than 37”; the Minotaur is even available with a 475-hp Hemi 392, with TRX-like side exhausts.

If Ram is planning to make the TRX for real, one hopes it’s coming before the “DT” Rams, which are around two years out — because they just dropped a red flag in front of Ford.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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