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Ram TRX Rebel to feature adaptive suspension, adjustable steering

by Patrick Rall on

We once again had a chance to speak with a few of our contacts inside of FCA who are familiar with the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX Rebel.

Last time we spoke with them, we learned that the supercharged pickup would offer somewhere in the 700-horsepower range and that it would look a great deal like the 2016 concept, except with the general design of the current generation. This time, our sources who are familiar with the project provided some details on the high tech gadgetry of the TRX Rebel.

Not surprisingly, it will continue to follow the pattern set by the Hellcat Challenger, Hellcat Charger and Jeep Trackhawk, including drive modes that alter the steering feel and suspension performance, along with other key aspects of the driving experience.

supercharged 2017 Ram TRX concept

Drive Modes

Our informants explained that the Ram 1500 TRX Rebel will feature a similar drive mode system to the Hellcat cars and the Trackhawk, but they reminded us that the modes are likely to vary due to the fact that the Ram is built for off-road performance. We don’t have all of the information on those modes yet, but we do know that they will adjust many of the same parameters as the supercharged Dodge and Jeep models. We also know that these parameters will be adjustable within some of the modes while others will have some locked settings.

Of course, drive modes will alter things like the throttle sensitivity, stability control, how the transmission shifts and whether or not the shift paddles are in use, but more importantly, the Ram 1500 TRX Rebel will have similar adjustable steering and suspension systems to those used in the Hellcat cars and the Trackhawk. It is unclear right now whether the suspension will have a specially tuned version of the Ram air suspension system or if the Ram will use electric dampers similar to those on the Hellcat cars and Trackhawk. It seems that the electric dampers would offer a greater range of performance and a higher peak level of performance, but we will have to wait for more information on that.

Also, like the Hellcat cars and the Trackhawk, the Ram 1500 TRX Rebel will have an electric power steering system with different modes, each with varying levels of stiffness and feedback.

There has still been no official word on the progress of the Ram 1500 TRX Rebel beyond the fact that it was approved for production back in October. It was expected to debut either in New York or Detroit, but New York has been postponed and it is unclear whether the Detroit show will happen in June. With any luck, the shutdown of most major cities around the United States will help bring a speedy end to the Covid-19 pandemic and we can get back to enjoying auto shows.

In the meantime, the Ram TRX Rebel seems to be shaping up to be exactly what we had all hoped for from a Hellcat-powered pickup, ready to battle the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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