2017 NYIASOpinionRAM

Now is the time to announce a production Ram Rebel TRX

Ram Rebel TRX Concept

Back in the day, Dodge put a Viper engine in a Ram pickup truck. It was glorious — kinda. But since those glory days, there hasn’t been a true high performance truck from the car company with horns. That needs to change, and now is the time.

Last year, Ram made a concept of the Rebel called the TRX. It is powered by a 6.2L supercharged V8 making 575 horsepower. It’s big. It’s loud. It’s brash. It’s got all the off-road goodies. But it’s only a concept.

At first it made sense to not build it. Dodge was hoarding all the Hellcat motors for the Charger and Challenger Hellcat. Now that the people who really wanted one of those cars has one, Jeep is getting in on the Hellcat action with the 2018 Trackhawk that debuted in New York. There are enough of those engines floating around for Jeep to pick it up, and we know that at least Jeep’s all-wheel drive system can handle the power and torque, so it seems like the Ram is a no-brainer.

Plus, now is the time because there’s no other Hellcat-powered cars that we’re waiting for. The Jeep simply can’t be the end of the Hellcat reign, but where else can the engine easily go? Simple, in the Ram 1500.

Plus, Raptor needs some competition.

They’d sell every. Single. One.

Chad Kirchner
the authorChad Kirchner
In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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