Exclusive Content
Original Shows, Motorsports and Live Events
Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
  • |
  • |
  • 2021 Ram Rebel TRX Spied With Hellcat V-8

2021 Ram Rebel TRX Spied With Hellcat V-8

Supercharged Pickup Gets Long-Travel Suspension, Widebody Styling

Jan 29, 2020
Photo 2/18   |   2021 Ram 1500 Rebel Trx Spied Rear Quarter 01

We've known about the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX for some time now, and ever since it debuted in concept form at the 2016 State Fair of Texas, we've lusted after the prospect of a long-travel off-roader powered by a Hellcat supercharged 6.2L V-8. Confirmed for production last year, the Rebel TRX has just been spotted in the wild, giving us a look (and a listen) at the Ford F-150 Raptor rival. We won't bury the lede any longer: Expect the Hellcat's full 707 hp to make the jump to the Ram, if our photographer's reports are to be believed.

2021 Ram Rebel TRX: Bespoke Suspension and Hot Rod Engine

Photo 3/18   |   2021 Ram 1500 Rebel Trx Spied Front End Details

The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX will get a significantly upgraded suspension relative to the conventional 1500 Rebel. The spy photos, particularly closeups of the rear suspension, betray either forged or billet control arms and suspension links. The front control arms are obviously larger, providing a wider track for better stability in high-speed off-roading. Billet shock absorber mounts are also visible in the photos, boding well for durability in more technical, low-speed situations.

Photo 4/18   |   2021 Ram 1500 Rebel Trx Spied Wheel And Tire

Larger rear suspension links match the front track neatly, and squinting at the underbody reveals the same extensive skidplate package as the entry-level Ram Rebel. The TRX test truck was wearing Goodyear Wrangler Territory mud-terrain tires, which we expect measure about 35 inches or so—up 2 inches over the regular Reb. Larger tires contribute to additional ground clearance under the truck, but rest assured, there will be significant suspension updates as well.

We've heard talk of taller springs and long-travel shocks (possibly electronically actuated), and we wouldn't be surprised if the Ram Rebel TRX features 14 inches of suspension travel. What remains to be seen is if the high-performance pickup will be able to resist shock absorber degradation as well as the stellar F-150 Raptor.
Our photographer was able to audibly confirm the existence of a supercharger, whining noticeably as the Ram Rebel TRX sped off to minimize exposure. The truck also ran like a bat out of hell—expect the Hellcat's full 707 hp and 650 lb-ft to blow the doors off the 450hp, 510-lb-ft Ford F-150 Raptor.
Photo 5/18   |   2021 Ram 1500 Rebel Trx Spied Side Profile

Bold Style Brings Some Attitude Back to Ram

Photo 6/18   |   2021 Ram 1500 Rebel Trx Spied Front Quarter 02

When the 2019 Ram 1500 was first shown at the North American International Auto Show in 2018, we admittedly were somewhat disappointed with its handsome, but decidedly less aggressive styling. It doesn't look like we'll have much to complain about when the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX arrives. Covering its wider track are wider fenders, and we hope the Coke-bottle styling of the 2016 concept makes the jump to the production truck, wide hips and all.

Photo 7/18   |   2021 Ram 1500 Rebel Trx Spied Rear Quarter 02

Helping the truck cast an aggressive mien will be an updated front clip. Visible on the spy truck are additional vents to provide cooling for the massive supercharged V-8. A bulging hood likely boasts an air intake or heat extractors—the former would help off-road performance by increasing wading depth. Those aforementioned 35-inch tires (which will likely be Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac or BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2) likewise butch up the appearance and stance significantly.

While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn't committed to either a timeline or pricing structure for the Ram Rebel TRX, we expect it to be unveiled this summer and in dealerships in the first quarter of next year. Pricing should mirror that of the F-150 Raptor, starting at $55,000 for the base truck (likely boasting a naturally aspirated SRT V-8) and rising to $65,000 or so for a Hellcat.
Photo 8/18   |   2021 Ram 1500 Rebel Trx Spied Front Quarter 03

Source: SpiedBilde Photography

POPULAR TRUCKS

MOST POPULAR

CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS