Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX to go into production this year

March 31, 2017

At the moment Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor enjoys a level of success and desirability among off-roading enthusiasts that makes competitors wish they’d thought of it first. That’s why FCA wants to hunt it down with the Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX.

The Ram Rebel TRX concept (pictured) debuted last year, featuring a detuned version of the Charger/Challenger Hellcat’s 527kW supercharged 6.2-litre V8, mustering a still-formidable 428kW, which is 97 more than the 2017 Raptor. It is matched up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Suspension was raised to facilitate 13-inches of wheel movement and gynormous 37-inch off-road tyres so it is capable of 160km/h desert cruising.

Car and Driver is reporting the so far concept-only TRX will head to production by the end of the year, with a possible power bump to 600hp (447kW), for around US$55k (about AU$71,980).

The Ram Laramie has been imported to Australia in Cummins 6.7 diesel guise, with 32 having found homes so far this year (VFACTS, February 17).

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Ram Trucks are converted from left-hand drive to right-hand drive by HSV owner Walkinshaw in Victoria. If enough interest is drummed up, the Rebel TRX could become available too.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.