Given the 707-horsepower 6.2-litre supercharged ‘Hellcat’ V8 engine has begun to appear in other Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) products beyond the SRT Challenger and Charger (Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk springs to mind), it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it might also infiltrate the RAM lineup in the coming years.
Over the past few days, rumours of two new high-horsepower RAM models have begun to surface. According to several published reports, inside sources have leaked the existence of two new RAM Rebel models, both of whom are rumoured to be packing some serious heat.
Details are scant, but it is being reported by motor1.com and others, that the two trucks, the Rebel TR and TRX, will be available with two musclebound V8 engines. The first is a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 that is apparently being bored out to 7.0-litres (520 hp / 525 lb-ft.) and has been codenamed Banshee. The other is the aforementioned 6.2-litre supercharged V8 (707 hp / 650 lb-ft.) borrowed from the SRT Challenger and Charger Hellcat.
The TRX name, you may recall, comes from a 2016 RAM off-road concept truck which was equipped with a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that produced 575 horsepower which made it the most powerful RAM 1500 FCA had ever built.
Given the existence of the TRX concept, the rumoured trucks may be targeted at other off-roaders on the market such as the 450-horsepower Ford F-150 Raptor and the recently unveiled 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 (420 hp), although given the Hellcat V8’s dragstrip cred, these trucks could be aimed at the track.
Several reports suggest the TR and TRX could arrive by 2021 which, if true, means FCA would likely have to confirm their existence sometime within the next year or so. Stay tuned.
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