At the State Fair of Texas, Ram lifted the curtain off the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi-powered Ram Rebel TRX concept. Obviously taking inspiration from Baja trophy trucks, Ram’s concept has 13 inches of travel at each 37-inch tire-wrapped wheel and can allegedly cruise through the desert at over 100 mph.
The 6.2-liter V8 is obviously familiar for you Mopar fans — it’s essentially the same powerplant that feeds power to the rear wheels of Dodge’s popular Challenger and Charger Hellcats. Engineers reeled the output back from 707 hp to the 575 seen under this pickup’s hood. Backing the Hellcat mill is Dodge’s eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission.
Of course, there’s more to a Baja brawler than just horsepower, big rubber and articulation. The folks behind the concept also beefed up the axle shafts, custom-built suspension control arms and threw in a crossbar in the cabin to secure the racing harness. Furthering the trophy-truck look, the TRX concept has two full-size spare tires strapped inside the bed. Custom bumpers and skid plates also prepare the Rebel off-roader for the accidents encountered while racing through rough terrain.
The bad news? It’s just a concept. Sure, the normal Ram Rebel gets you most of the look — save for the big rubber and side exit exhaust — but it doesn’t have the brutal performance. No one knows exactly what path Ram will take, but we hope the Rebel TRX concept eventually drops the concept part of its name. After all, Ford is preparing its F-150 Raptor for showroom duty and could use some cross-town competition.