Fiat Chrysler has chosen this week’s State Fair of Texas to debut its Ram Rebel TRX Concept and it’s guaranteed to get truck loving Texans twitching.
The heart of the Rebel TRX is a detuned version of Dodge’s 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8, which in Challenger and Charger guise produces a hefty 527kW/880Nm. Detuning has reduced the power output to a still considerable 429kW, enough to make it the most powerful pickup FCA has ever built.
According to FCA, the Rebel TRX is capable of hitting 160km/h in off-road mode.
Bearing the brunt of the Hellcat’s temper is an eight-speed automatic and the Ram’s four-wheel-drive system. A Dynatrac Pro 60 rear axle with 1.5-inch half-shafts and an electronically limited slip differential are fitted for when ‘powering through’ comes up short.
Custom CV’s and half-shafts have been fitted to the front axle to increase strength and widen the track.
Suspension has been upgraded using internal bypass coil-over shocks up front and 2.5-inch bypass shocks in the rear. Ride-height has been raised and wheel travel increased, from the standard Ram’s 9.25 inches to 13 inches, the extra height making it easy to slip some 37 inch muddies and bead-locked alloys under the guards.
Brakes are 15-inch rotors with six-piston calipers up front and 14-inch rotors with six-piston calipers at the rear.
There’s a bunch of ‘concept floss’ added for effect, including bonnet vents, a roof mounted LED light bar, some shiny bashplates, pumped wheel arch flares and a trick mounting system for two spare tyres in the tray – Baja style – sort of.
The off-road racer theme carries through to the interior, with race style seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and six-point roll harness, among other detail changes.
Will the Rebel TRX go into production?
Jim Morrison, vice president of the Ram brand, said “We have to judge the reaction to it”, and that’s as good as the door being left half-open in our book.