Ram shows off racy Rebel pick-up
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Supercharged V8 Ram Rebel TRX
The Ram Rebel TRX concept with a supercharged V8 engine has been unveiled at the 2016 State Fair of Texas.
Under the bonnet, the Rebel TRX concept uses a version of the company’s 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine with 429kW of power, down from the 527kW/880Nm it makes in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Although the V8 engine has been detuned significantly from the Dodge muscle cars, it’s still the most powerful ute yet from Ram. The company says the ute is capable of doing up to 160km/h in off-road mode. No other performance figures for the souped-up ute have been publicised.
The Rebel TRX is fitted with four-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a locking rear differential.
The concept rides on knobbly off-road tyres that are 37 inches (940mm) tall and 13.5 inches (343mm) wide.
You won’t mistake the Rebel TRX for the standard Ram 1500 pickup, as it features flared wheel arches with black plastic extensions, badging that deserves its own postcode, bonnet vents, an LED light bar on the roof, a front bash-plate element, and two spare tyres mounted in the cargo tray.
The concept has seats with suede-covered bolsters, a cloth mesh centre section, and six-point harnesses. There’s also plenty of red stitching, special door pulls, a lever-style gear changer, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a TRX branded tool bag.
If Fiat Chrysler puts the Rebel TRX into production it will be seen as a competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor.