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Is A Hellcat-Powered Ram Rebel Still On The FCA Decision Table?

Ram needs a way to move units now that the overhaul has been postponed. Luckily this is a good way to drum up publicity.

We live in a time where, despite tough restrictions on vehicle emissions and safety standards that kill the prospect of the more drool-inducing supercars, automakers are still finding a way to churn out the cars of our wildest dreams. Think the Mercedes-AMG Project One or the Dodge Challenger Hellcat if you need a reminder. However, in regards to the Hellcat, it appears that FCA is pretty proud of itself for building such a powerful engine and wants to use it in another car.

Telling winds of a 707 horsepower Jeep Wrangler Trailcat have already floated down the rumor stream and we’re waiting on Jeep to announce the vehicle in accordance with our hopes, wishes, and wildest dreams. Thankfully, Car and Driver tells us that the Wrangler may not be the only FCA family member to get the supercharged 6.2-liter V8. It could also migrate to the Ram. It’s no secret that Ram has had it out for the Ford F-150 Raptor, especially now that the Ram Power Wagon makes for a solid contender. However the Raptor is a truck for the dunes, and not much else is as fitting to compete with it as a real life production version of the Ram Rebel TRX Concept we saw back at last year’s Texas State Fair.

Despite having its V8 downgraded from 707 ponies to 575 horsepower, the beefy suspension, chunky off-road tires, LED lights, and menacing looks give it all the credibility it needs. Besides, the Hellcat’s absurd output may have altered perspectives on what constitutes lots of power, but last time we checked, 575 horses are nothing to be ashamed about, especially when the main competition has “only” 450 horsepower to boast. There hasn’t been a peep out of FCA about whether or not this truck will actually be built, but Car and Driver points out how the postponement of the current Ram’s overhaul means that engineers will be looking to find a way to move the truck, and a special edition F-150 Raptor-fighter seems like a great way to do that.

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