The Ford Raptor changed the pickup truck game when it dropped in 2010, giving us a lifted, off-road capable truck straight from the factory that had generous power to spare. It has basically been uncontested in the overpowered off-road truck class. Until now!
Dodge has been teasing us for years with this, but it might finally be coming true. They’ve been spotted testing something insane out in the desert, and it’s rumored that they will soon release the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX, an off-road, mud-slinging, high-jumping terrain-slayer hosting the now infamous Fiat-Chrysler 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8, which is commonly found in the Dodge Hellcat!
Not only is the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX set to absolutely decimate some pavement, with its ludicrous 700 horsepower, it’ll also crush any mountain, trail, river, small animal, or anything else that dares to cross it’s path! It’s got gigantic Toyo M/T tires, built in ARB lockers, Bilstein shocks, a roll-bar mounted LED light bar, and even a link coil rear suspension system, usually only found in top-of-the-line desert race trucks!
And the Ram Rebel TRX is swole! It’s got wide fender flares, rugged off-road bead lock wheels, unique Ram accents like the front grille, hood vents to cool the supercharger. This thing is oozing with off-road swagger!
And the interior is seriously badass. Well, at least the concept vehicle is, and we dream that the production truck will, but it probably won’t. Say goodbye for now to those 6-point harness straps.
Now, Chrysler has toyed with putting the Hellcat engine in other vehicles, such as the Jeep Trailhawk. My favorite is the Trackhawk, though, which is a lean, mean, off-road-centered SUV with the heart of a monster! But that’s an SUV, and SUVs are for racing other doomsdayers to get the last rolls of toilet paper from Costco.
Revenge of the Dinosaurs
The Rebel TRX is just so much more badass than any SUV, because it’s a truck! The Rebel TRX is a bonafide pickup truck, it’s pure business. And that, in my opinion, makes it way cooler! I’m not sure, but the name TRX could be a reference to the king of the dinosaur world, the T-Rex, which would make sense, since it is competing with the Ford Raptor. And while the T-Rex is the king of all dinosaurs, the TRX is making it’s claim as the king of all off-road street trucks.
Ford doesn’t plan on taking this fight laying down though. There are rumors of a new special edition F-150 that will be powered bythe GT500’s supercharged V8, which would likely have upwards of 700 horsepower, a far cry from the puny little 450-horsepower twin-turbo V6 in the Raptor today. I, for one, totally love that there’s now an arms race between truck brands. Keep on fighting, boys, and keep on making high-horsepower four-wheel drive toys!
The Rebel TRX is rumored to start around $60,000 to $70,000, which is a little bit more expensive than the Raptor. But keep in mind, it will have a much bigger engine and possibly even more features than its competition.
What do you think? Which mud-slinging dinosaur would you spend the cash on? Ford’s clever little Raptor? Or the king of all dinosaurs, Ram Rebel TRX? I think you know where I stand, but go ahead and tell me I’m wrong!