You know it’s the real deal when it comes with a winch from the factory.
We were pretty psyched by the Ram Rebel TRX Concept that came out of nowhere and seemed to be the Ford F-150 Raptor’s biggest threat yet. Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, it makes 575 horsepower, about 125 ponies more than the Raptor, but it also featured a more rugged look than its Blue Oval competitor. While Ram is showing no signs of bringing it to production, the automaker went ahead and gave us the Power Wagon to keep us at bay.
Right off the bat, the Power Wagon seems good enough to snatch the title of best off-roading truck away from the Raptor. But just to be sure, Ram lent one to Engineering Explained so that it could dissect what makes it so great. For starters, it features an impressive 14.3 inch ground clearance that help the front and rear locking axles make the most out of their mud-gripping abilities.
One major advantage the Power Wagon has over the Raptor is a sway bar disconnect system, which exchanges good on-road manners for off-road ability at the push of a button. While sports cars may sound like the biggest beneficiaries of driving modes, the Power Wagon uses them to its advantage by altering engine and control parameters when the transfer case is placed in low range mode. A deadened throttle response and higher idle let a driver easily guide the truck over tough terrain. And then there’s the most obvious clue to its off-road prowess, the winch attached to the front end that extends the truck’s ability when the going gets real rough.