And yes, the Hellcat V8 is involved.
Now that the 2019 Ram 1500 has been unveiled, it’s time to discuss what variants are in the pipeline for this full-size pickup truck. According to 5thGenRams.com, Ram is planning a couple of variants that’ll satisfy horsepower and truck fans alike. Inside sources told the publication that a Rebel TR and Rebel TRX could arrive as soon as 2021, and both will pack V8s. The Rebel TR will reportedly come powered by a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 (internally called Banshee) with around 520 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque.
And then there’s the Rebel TRX, which is expected to come powered by the famed supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, where in the Challenger and Charger Hellcats it produces 707 hp. If you recall, Ram introduced the Rebel TRX off-road concept back in 2016 2016, indicating the brand was interested in challenging the Ford F-150 Raptor yet again. Ram engineers will need to optimize the truck’s driveline components in order to manage the full 707 hp, but this was successfully accomplished in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, so it’s safe to assume it can be done again. Aside from different engines, how else will the Ram TR and TRX differ? That’s the big unknown right now.
We imagine there’ll at least be some suspension differences along with styling inside and out. It wouldn’t be surprising to learn the Ram TR will have more of an off-road focus while the TRX will be a track/drag racing toy. An engine as powerful as the Hellcat doesn’t sound like a candidate to power an off-road-focused full-size pickup truck, but the 5.0-liter could certainly handle the task.