Footage reveals performance Ram trucks testing at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan.
A YouTuber was lucky enough to catch an FCA development team out playing in the dunes testing Ram trucks, Jeep Wranglers and a Gladiator, as well as a Ford Raptor that's presumably for benchmarking. He caught the action on a long dune with a steep peak out in the sand dunes of Silver Lake state park in Michigan. All of the vehicles were blacked out, including the badging, and the Ram trucks all had half cages in the back of their crew cabs.
What we believe we are looking at here is at least one Rebel TRX development model. When we first heard about the Rebel TRX concept, it was powered by a 575-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 HEMI engine, but the YouTuber that caught the footage also reports that: "At least one of the Rams had serious supercharger whine which, of course, made me think "Hellcat engine." It is possible Ram is contemplating dropping the full force of the supercharged 6.2-liter 707-horsepower Hellcat lump, but that kind of horsepower in an off-road truck could be the kind of overkill that even FCA would back away from. Particularly when the most valuable aspect of power to a truck is torque. However, it would be perfect bragging rights though, and no doubt people would buy them.
Along with the Rebel TRX concept, Ram showed off a 1500 Big Horn "Low Down” Concept at SEMA last year. However, that was definitely put together as a street truck and wouldn't be at home busting dunes, and the YouTuber that caught the footage also reports he saw blacked out Laramie badging. That leads us to speculate on the possibility that Ram may be exploring different trim and power levels for the Rebel TRX. It's about time Ram challenged Ford's Raptor as it's been time leading the race in a field of one for a while now.