A Hellcat-borrowed 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine and a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 are in the plans for the Rebel TRX, it seems. Time to rejoice!
When we saw the Hellcat-powered Rebel TRX concept car at the State Fair of Texas in 2016, we little insight from the brand as to whether they would be taking into production anytime soon. Somehow, though, our high hopes have been answered as Dodge just finally announced its plans of making this truck-lover’s dream come true, in the immediate future. With trustworthy sources confirming multiple versions of of the Rebel TRX, things have definitely had a fair deviation from the previous rumors, but for the good nonetheless.
5thGenRams, one of the brand’s official fan forums has two reports that state the concept is not only going into production, but will be offering multiple engine options too. On the standard version, this mammoth will reportedly be powered by a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 (the same one that has gained fame under the pseudonym ‘Banshee’ , presumably named after the McDonnell F2H Banshee war plane.) This is totally in tune with the brand’s tradition of naming its engines internally after war planes like the Apache and Eagle Hemis. For the higher-up trims, it will hopefully be a christened TR and a Hellcat-borrowed supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, to be called the TRX.
Let’s get into the power figures.
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The ‘Banshee’ on the TR would produce around 520 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque, all within a broad power-band. The Hellcat mill, however, would tear the tarmac into shreds with as much as 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque on board! Don’t you get too lost in ecstasy now, as there are still chances for the automaker to bring these figures slightly down, owing to some engineering issues.
One might never lose hope now, as these are mere possibilities and we do not have any lucid picture of it yet; so, for now let’s hope that Dodge does to the TRX, what Jeep did to the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, in the form of better engineered driveline components. All that we can be certain about, right now, is that the Dodge engineers would devise the TRX to rival the Trackhawk, if not beat it hands down.
There is no word on whether the two versions would have different suspension systems. Also untold are the details regarding each trim’s respective pricing. All we know now is that these mammoths would hit the tarmac by the 2021 model year. Needless to say, this seems like a long wait indeed, yet one would not regret it, as the TRX is definitely going to be worth the wait.
Take a closer look at the RAM Revel TRX concept below to familiarize yourself with this beast.
The question at hand is, which of the two trucks (the Rebel TR and TRX) would you prefer if their price points were about $20,000 apart? According to TFL’s educated guess, this is based on current Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs Trackhawk price tags. It is important to note, that the 707 hp Hellcat-powered 2018 Jeep Trackhawk has a starting price of $86,000. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!