The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX is a Go
In a recent press release, Ram Trucks announced that the Ram Rebel TRX has been approved for production. The model is slated for a 2021 arrival if all goes well. Although not many details are known yet, the Rebel TRX is set to become the highest-performance variant of the Ram 1500 family. Experts believe it’ll be powered by a 575-horsepower version of the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 that currently powers the Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
Initially, the Rebel TRX was introduced at the 2016 State Fair of Texas as a concept. The Rebel TRX on display at the time boasted custom-built coilovers with 13 inches of travel, an additional 6 inches of track width, and 37-inch tires. The pickup performed as aggressive as it looked thanks to the V8 and 575 horsepower under the hood.
It’s officially been three years since the Rebel TRX concept debuted, and in the meantime Ram has made a lot of progress in terms of their pickups and sales figures. Experts believe that the Rebel TRX model will be based on the latest-generation Ram 1500 platform, as opposed to being based on the previous-generation bones like the concept pickup was. What does being based on the latest Ram 1500 mean for the TRX? Well, we can expect an excellent interior, surprising chassis stiffness, reliability, and an overall composed ride.
The one factor that automotive experts can’t agree on is whether or not the Hellcat-based engine will only be an option or a lineup standard. The existing 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is also a possibility as the default engine of the Rebel TRX. The plan is to introduce the Rebel TRX as a direct competitor for the existing Ford F-150 Raptor. According to the most recent specs, the Raptor is wider than the F-150 lineup by 6.4 inches, with 13 and 13.9 inches (respectively) of front and rear suspension travel. Ram is expected to beat Ford, likely offering the 2021 TRx model with at least 13.5 inches in front and 14 inches of rear suspension travel.
Another spec tilting the scales in Ram’s favor? Turns out that Ram pickups come standard with a rear coil-sprung suspension that offers improved control and an overall smoother ride. Additionally, the Rebel TRX may not only borrow its engine from its distant relative, the Dodge Challenger, but it can also feature an electronically-disconnecting front sway bar like the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon as well. If that’s the case as experts suspect, then the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX would already have a leg-up on the Raptor.
Ram has yet to announce an official launch date, nor has the brand confirmed any mechanical specifics, but the TRX is sure to be an equal and legitimate competitor when it comes to the Raptor. High-speed desert off-roading challenges are about to get much more interesting. News about the official debut are expected within a few months, as experts doubt that Ram will wait too long without capitalizing on the buzz the TRX is generating.
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