Ram’s New Hellcat-Powered Pickup Truck Looks Ready to Eat the Ford Raptor

Reports say Ram is coming after the F-150 Raptor with its biggest, baddest engine…and some help from Alfa Romeo.

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We’ve known for a while now that Ram is planning to produce a Ram 1500 Rebel TRX to take on the Ford F-150 Raptor. (Its Raptor-fighting mission is right there in the TRX name.)

At the heart of the Ram TRX will be Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’s supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi V8 engine found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, among others. Recent reports from Allpar and Mopar Insiders offer further details on what to expect.

The Rebel 1500 TRX will look an awful lot like the picture above

Allpar sourcing says the Rebel TRX will resemble the drawing above from FCA’s “Drive for Design” flier, with flared arches for a wide stance and a dual vent hood. It’s not all that dissimilar from the Rebel TRX Concept truck revealed a couple years back.

The Rebel 1500 TRX will offer more than 700 horsepower

Both Allpar and Mopar Insiders note that the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX will have more than 700 hp. Mopar Insiders confirms it will be the full 707 hp found engine in other vehicles with that engine. The original TRX Concept, by contrast, offered a mere 575 hp.

Ram isn’t shy about the truck’s intended target: the Ford F-150 Raptor

The folks at The FastLaneTruck caught a glimpse inside the TRX’s interior recently. In addition to the usual Easter eggs found in a Ram, they found an additional one of the truck in profile next to a human and a Tyrannosaurus rex for scale. But the T. rex is also next to a Velociraptor…and reminds us that the King of the Tyrant Lizards is small enough to munch a raptor for an afternoon snack.

The Rebel 1500 TRX will borrow from Alfa Romeo

Mopar Insiders says the Rebel TRX will get extended versions of the aluminum paddle shifters used in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. It will also use the precise eight-speed ZF automatic transmission used on a wide range of European luxury cars.

The Rebel 1500 TRX will be fancy — and expensive.

Mopar Insiders says the truck will load up on fanciness and tech for the interior; the as a result, the base price is expected to be around $70,000, comparable to the F-150 Raptor with its optional luxury package.

The Rebel 1500 TRX will arrive soon.

Mopar Insiders pegs the launch date for Sept. 8, 2020.

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