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2021 Ram Rebel TRX - Everything You Need to Know

2021 Ram Rebel TRX - Everything You Need to Know

The 2021 Rebel TRX will come with concept-like exterior, premium interior, and one Hell(cat) of an engine

Update 8/17/2020: The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX has made it’s debut. We’re busy updating this article and our full review, but head on over to our quick facts and photo gallery to learn more about it!

The Ram Rebel is one of the sportiest trucks on the market today. It’s not just the tuners, but also the automakers building powerful and fast monsters right out of the factory. Dodge can be credited with this trend when they launched the Dodge Ram SRT-10 more than 15 years back. This truck was powered by the same V-10 found in the Dodge Viper. However, the market was not mature enough to handle it, thus sending it off the production line within three years of its inception.

Fast forward to 2016 and Dodge is Now Ram, and it revealed a concept truck called the Ram Rebel TRX. In 2018, the company said the concept was given a green signal by the corporate overlords and they will be building it. Since then, enthusiasts have been in a tizzy as to what to expect out of this beast. The only thing confirmed so far is that it will be powered by one Hell(cat) of an engine that will be driven by over 700 horses. Is there anything else? Well, here’s a list of all the things you need to know about the upcoming 2020 Ram Rebel TRX, thanks to Mopar Insiders and Allpar.

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New Leaks Give Us an Incredible Look at the Ram Rebel TRX's Interior and Engine Bay

New Leaks Give Us an Incredible Look at the Ram Rebel TRX’s Interior and Engine Bay

This time, we get a peek under the hood and inside the cabin

The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX has kept truck enthusiasts at the edge of their seats. With every leak that’s surfaced on the internet, the TRX just seems to look better every time. In all fairness, quite a bit is already known about the truck and it’s only a matter of time before we start spotting the production-version TRXs with minimum camouflage. For now, TFLoffroad has received a few images from an anonymous source, this time showing the cabin as well as the stuff under the hood. Are we excited? Hell yeah!

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2020 RAM Ramcharger

2020 RAM Ramcharger

What if Ram built a three-row SUV?

Many in the industry basically begged Dodge to build a three-row SUV based on the then-new 1994 Ram 1500 pickup. Those requests went ignored for three generations of pickups, even as the Ram Trucks brand spun off onto its own from Dodge. But it seems the stars have aligned yet again; Ram has an all-new 1500-series pickup for 2019, SUVs are enjoying a healthy uptick in popularity, fuel are holding steady at a reasonable price, and Fiat Chrysler is basically abandoning domestic sedan productions to make room for more crossovers and SUVs.

So, that begs the question – will Ram build a competitor to the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and Ford Expedition?

Sadly, we haven’t heard any official rumors or seen any appropriately shaped and camouflaged test mules running around Detroit, so it’s almost impossible to speculate with any certainty. However, the timing has never seemed more right. As such, we decided to compile what we imagined a new Ram SUV might look like. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Is Ram Considering a 2000-Series Pickup To Compete with the Nissan Titan XD?

Is Ram Considering a 2000-Series Pickup To Compete with the Nissan Titan XD?

Hearsay suggests it, but history advises against it

An interesting article came across my desk this morning stating the possibility of Ram Trucks offering a “heavy half” pickup to compete with the Nissan Titan XD. Like the XD, the truck would slot between the 1500 half-ton and 2500 three-quarter ton with a focus on an improved ride while still hauling and towing more than a 1500-series truck. The Torque News article actually cites a Ram Trucks representative who revealed the plans and said the truck would be called the Ram 2000 and powered by an EcoDiesel engine.

The source of this interesting information is an owner of a 2017 Ram 1500 who was surveyed about his thoughts on his truck by a Ram representative at a marketing booth at the Cowboy Christmas convention in Las Vegas. He claims the rep told him of Ram’s interest in the new pickup class, but revealed no other details. He posted his experience on an enthusiast forum and seen by Torque News.

With the backstory over, let’s dive into what a Ram 2000 might look like and what it means for the pickup market.

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Is Ram Dumping its V-6 & V-8 For A Boosted Inline Four- & Six-Cylinder?

Is Ram Dumping its V-6 & V-8 For A Boosted Inline Four- & Six-Cylinder?

Rumors suggest FCA is revamping its powertrain lineup

Bob Dylan said, “the times, they are a changin’” back in 1964, but the singer/songwriter’s words have never been truer than today. Rumor suggests Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expediting development of the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine dubbed the Hurricane and its big brother, the turbocharged inline six-cylinder named Tornado. The high-tech engines are said to be replacements for the well-loved 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and the legendary 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.

Sadly, this isn’t the first we’ve heard about the Hemi getting the axe. Back in February, Allpar cited its multiple insider sources saying FCA was stockpiling 5.7-liters ahead of a planed discontinuation of the V-8 engine sometime after the 2018 model year. Allpar is now reporting the Hemi’s replacement, the Tornado, could be ready within four to five years. There’s a rather large discrepancy between those dates, but it’s easy to speculate FCA is planning some big changes. The Pentastar reportedly has a slightly longer lifespan, lasting another six to 10 years before it’s completely replaced by the Hurricane. The fates of the larger 6.2- and 6.4-liter Hemis are still unknown.

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Is FCA Bringing Back the Straight-Six?

Is FCA Bringing Back the Straight-Six?

Rumors suggest new powertrains on the horizon

News out of Auburn Hills regarding powertrain changes is becoming regular these days. First is was a rumor suggesting the venerable and widely used 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 will soon end production. Now sources are telling Allpar that FCA is toying with the idea of inline six-cylinder engines.

Chrysler has a long history of using inline six-cylinder engines. Major players include the AMC straight-six found in everything from sedans and budget muscle cars to Jeeps and pickups between 1964 and 2006. The iconic 4.0-liter I-6 found in Jeep products is perhaps the pentacle of Chrysler I-6 design and one of the most legendary Chrysler engines of all time. Sadly that engine met its demise with the introduction of the Jeep Wrangler JK in 2007.

Allpar speculates the new inline six-cylinder would be based on FCA’s current Global Medium Engine four-cylinder. Currently displacing 2.0 liters and found in the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the turbo-four makes 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque thanks to an intercooler, 16 valves operated by dual overhead cams, and direct fuel injection. Adding two extra cylinder to the GME could result in horsepower levels over 400 and torque levels beyond 450 pound-feet. That is, if power levels grow at the same percentage as the cylinder count.

So, could a 3.0-liter inline-six be on the horizon for FCA vehicles, including Ram, Dodge, and Jeep? Only time will tell, but the path to that end seems oddly clear. Consider the resurgence of rear-wheel drive vehicles, like the Alfa Romeo Giulia, along with new versions of current rear-wheel drive models like the Jeep Wrangler, Ram 1500, and even Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.

Ford has already proved that turbocharged engines with smaller displacements can generate quite the kick, while providing impressively reliability despite outrageous payload and towing demands. Should FCA follow in the EcoBoost’s footsteps, we could see an impressively powerful yet butter-smooth straight-six under the hood of the next generation of FCA vehicles.

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Ram Reportedly Delaying Updated 2500/3500 HD Pickups

Ram Reportedly Delaying Updated 2500/3500 HD Pickups

The redesigned 2018 Ram 1500 won’t share its updates

The

Ram 2500- and 3500

series trucks are staying around a bit longer, according to a report. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had originally planned an all-new version for the 2018 model year in line with similar changes taking place with the Ram 1500 half-ton pickup that same year. Now it seems FCA will only move forward with the Ram 1500’s extensive update, while only bringing a mild refresh for the heavy duty models.

The report comes from Automotive News, which cites sources close to the Ram HD’s development. It’s said Ram will only update the current, DS-based Ram HD’s exterior and interior, rather than giving it a complete refresh from the ground up. The 2018 model year will see such extensive improvements with the DT-based Ram 1500, however.

Reasons behind the delay include FCA’s current lack of expendable cash for R&D and retooling for the Ram HD’s Saltillo, Mexico assembly plant. FCA is already spending billions in revamping its Sterling Heights and Warren Truck Assembly Plants to accommodate the upcoming influx of new SUVs, crossovers, and trucks. Adding Saltillo and the Ram HD to the list simply isn’t feasible – at least according to the report.

This comes days after FCA’s Jeep division postponed development and production of its Grand Wagoneer – a high-class luxury SUV that competes with Range Rover and wears a $130,000 price tag.

Hopefully FCA will experience a boom in SUV and crossover sales to account for its vast investments. That influx in cash would certainly help fund future developments at the Ram and Jeep divisions.

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Placed on Hold,” Sources Say

Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Placed on Hold,” Sources Say

At least FCA has not canceled its Range Rover competitor… Yet.

News about the future Jeep Grand Wagoneer has gone from promising to problem-ridden over the last month. Reports have suggested Jeep is canceling the high-end SUV for good, while others suggest nothing is wrong. Well, word has just surfaced from two different third-party parts suppliers that Jeep in putting the Grand Wagoneer project on hold.

The news comes from Larry Vellequette, a reporter with Automotive News whose dedicated beat for the last decade has been Chrysler and now FCA. He reports the luxo-Jeep isn’t officially dead, but it isn’t alive and well. The major problem, according to Vellequette, is FCA’s very limited cash reserves. FCA is currently funding a company-wide game of musical chairs and retooling with its assembly plants. Vehicles are being moved around, plans are getting refurbished, and this is eating into cash reserves.

Also a major factor is the limited size of vehicle that’s capable of being produced at FCA’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. It currently builds the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, but anything larger, say like a three-row Range Rover competitor, simply wouldn’t fit down the assembly line.

Vellequette makes an interesting observation though. Why retool Jefferson at great expense for a low-volume SUV rather than build a high-volume, body-on-frame SUV that competes with the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition? Why not base that SUV on the upcoming refreshed Ram 1500? It’s certainly an idea worth exploring.

Ram has never made a three-row SUV based on its pickup despite GM and Ford having outstand success with the concept. Should Jeep choose to pursue this, the Grand Wagoneer name would likely drop the “Grand” portion, recalling the more utilitarian Jeep Wagoneer of 1974 through 1983.

Should Jeep go this route, it could even create a heavy-duty version, competing where the Suburban 2500 and Ford Excursion once did. What’s more, it could even create a Rubicon or Trailhawk version based on the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Best of all, FCA would need far less cash to pull this off. The Ram’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant could accommodate the 1500-series Wagoneer, while FCA’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico could accommodate the heavy-duty and Power Wagon versions.

Of course, this is pure speculation on our part based on speculation by Vellequette. One thing is for sure though – Jeep will not be getting its Grand Wagoneer by 2018 or 2019.

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Next Generation Ram 1500 Coming in 2018

Next Generation Ram 1500 Coming in 2018

Evolutionary changes detailed by industry sources

Ram’s fourth generation pickup has been around since the 2009 model year. Its body style and interior have changed very little since then, though the truck doesn’t seem dated. Nevertheless, it’s time FCA bring a new generation Ram to market, and according to sources divulging information to Automotive News, it seems Ram is on the fast track to delivering the

1500

series truck for the 2019 model year.

According to the AN report, FCA has restructured the way Ram’s design and engineering teams work. An emphasis on speedy decision-making and approval has dramatically shortened development time. A decision that would normally take weeks to get approved through middle and upper management is now being done in days, and in some cases, on the spot. This move comes from surveys taken by FCA’s third-party suppliers who report lost time and experienced inflated costs due to poor communication and lost time within FCA brass.

Ram’s move to push production through as quickly as possible falls in line with FCA’s new focus on trucks and SUV over sedans. With the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 ending production due to slow sales, the Sterling Heights Assembly plant outside Detroit will soon undergo a retooling, expanding FCA’s production capabilities for body-on-frame vehicles. What’s more, Ram’s recent announcement regarding its expanded sales in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will necessitate greater production volume – something Sterling Heights will likely facilitate.

Corporate news aside, let’s take a look at what AN’s inside source says the future holds for the upcoming 2019 Ram 1500.

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FCA's U.S. Factories Will Only Make Trucks, SUVs

FCA’s U.S. Factories Will Only Make Trucks, SUVs

Dart & 200 make way for higher-profit, more popular models

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reallocating its U.S. production facilities in a move that aligns the automaker to make higher-profit, more popular trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. The news comes after FCA spelled the end of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 sedans when FCA failed to secure a partnership with another automaker for building the cars. With both cars soon gone and the Dodge Viper ending production after the 2017 model year, all of FCA’s U.S.-based operations will manufacture pickups and SUVs.

FCA’s other sedan models, the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, along with the Dodge Challenger coupe, are built in Canada, while the Fiat 500 is built in Mexico.

The Ram Brand will carry is full lineup of pickups, including the 1500, 2500, 3000, and commercial pickups and vans. Jeep will build its Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Renegade, and an upcoming compact crossover. The Durango SUV will be the sole Dodge product still built in the U.S.

"By the time we finish with this, hopefully, all of our production assets in the United States – if you exclude Canada and Mexico from the fold – all those U.S. plants will be producing either Jeeps or Ram," FCA’s CEO Sergio Marchionne told Wall Street analysts during a conference call Wednesday, July 27, according to the Detroit Free Press.

It will be the Ram pickups that will take up residence at FCA’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, the Dart and 200’s current home. Ram’s current plant, the Warren Truck Assembly Plant 10 miles down the road in Detroit, will then be outfitted to build the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer and high-end Grand Wagoneer models. Jeep’s upcoming, still unnamed, small crossover will be built in Toluca, Mexico, however.

This unprecedented move is certainly a big bet with high stakes. Marchionne is essentially putting all FCA’s eggs in the pickup and SUV basket. Should fuel prices unexpectedly rise in dramatic fashion, the automaker might have itself a problem.

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Watch Ram's Official Unveiling At 2016 Chicago Auto Show Live Here

Watch Ram’s Official Unveiling At 2016 Chicago Auto Show Live Here

Is this the updated Ram 1500?

Ram Trucks is gearing up for the 2016 Chicago Auto Show by releasing a link for the live viewing of its on-stage product unveiling that’s scheduled to happen Thursday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.

There is no official word on what Ram will unveil, so we’re left to speculate. Ram and Fiat have been working on a unibody pickup slotted for the global market (read: everywhere but the U.S.), but it’s unlikely Ram would debut such a vehicle at Chicago. More likely is some sort of special edition Ram or a cargo management feature for the ProMaster.

However, Ram could be debuting a refreshed Ram 1500 pickup. According to FCA’s five-year plans, the Ram 1500 is scheduled to have a “major update” for the 2017 model year. That puts Chicago, along with other upcoming auto shows, as prime targets for Ram’s debut.

The next-generation Ram 1500 will likely receive styling updates inside and out, keeping the truck fresh. The current Ram 1500 has been around since 2009 with a refresh in 2013. Don’t expect the Ram to lose its classic crosshair grille and stepped front fenders. The interior should also keep the 8.4-inch Uconnect system, though an updated dashboard would surround it. The optional TFT display in the driver’s gauge cluster will likely grow larger, as well.

Ram may introduce the upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 into the Ram, while carrying over the 5.7-liter Hemi V-6 and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. The ZF-sourced, eight-speed automatic will likely carry over as well.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for further updates as Ram makes its announcement.

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FCA Considering Suburban/Expedition Fighter

FCA Considering Suburban/Expedition Fighter

Since the death of the Ramcharger in 1994, Chrysler has been noticeably absent from the full-size, body-on-frame SUV game. That may change with the next generation of Ram pickups, however, as Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, mentioned the possibility of a large SUV during an interview with Automotive News.

The full-size SUV segment is “the near-exclusive use of some other [automakers],” Marchionne said. “We have a reasonable chance of getting at least part of that market.” He continued in saying, “I think we have a unique opportunity with renewal of the pickup line, with the powertrains we selected, to significantly increase output. We will also be exploring, as a result of that investment, some other segments.”

Marchionne didn’t elaborate what other segments he was referring to, but did confirm the proposed SUV would not compete with the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV.

The CEO confirmed FCA is exploring the possibility of a full-sized SUV in response to other popular models like the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition – models that continually help their respective automakers earn double-digit profit margins. According to AN, these body-on-frame SUVs tend to be the most profitable vehicles sold on a per-unit basis.

There’s no further word on what FCA, or more specifically, Ram would call the SUV, but the automaker does have a rich history of names to choose from. Also obscure is the timeline in which FCA plans on rolling out the new model, or if ever. More in-dept studies are most assuredly planned, helping FCA brass to decide if the venture is worth the investment.

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2015 Ram Rebel Pricing Leaked, Starts at $45,000

2015 Ram Rebel Pricing Leaked, Starts at $45,000

It appears Ram’s newest off-road-biased truck, the 2015 Rebel, will come with a base starting price of $45,000. That’s according to an official-looking ordering guide posted by the user "campbellsoutlaw" on RamRebleForum.com. Though unconfirmed, the ordering guide does list the premium cloth seats as having the all-important embossed tread pattern – something only the Ram Rebel has.

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2015 Ram Rebel Pricing Leaked, Starts at $45,000

2015 Ram Rebel Pricing Leaked, Starts at $45,000

It appears Ram’s newest off-road-biased truck, the 2015 Rebel, will come with a base starting price of $45,000. That’s according to an official-looking ordering guide posted by the user "campbellsoutlaw" on RamRebleForum.com. Though unconfirmed, the ordering guide does list the premium cloth seats as having the all-important embossed tread pattern – something only the Ram Rebel has.

The order guide shows the base price of the Rebel starting at $44,720. Adding to that are some popular options like the HEMI V-8. Upgrading from the Pentastar V-6 to the 5.7-liter will cost $1,150 while the ZF eight-speed auto adds another $500. The four-corner air suspension runs another $1,695.

Other options included on the list are the Rear Camera and Park Assist Group ($595), Remote Start and Security Group ($350), the Luxury Group ($560), and a spray-in bedliner ($475). All told, this particular build costs a whopping $51,415. One glaring omission on the order guide is the optional 4WD, meaning those wanting that capability will pay even more money.

Oddly enough, these prices match those of the outgoing 2014 Ford Raptor. Ram has said time and again the Rebel isn’t a direct competitor to the Raptor, but is more of an aggressive version of its 1500 rather than a factory-built Baja truck.

Early estimates, including ours, pegged the Rebel to have a starting price around $36,000. Granted, Ford may charge more than $44,995 for the upcoming (and much improved) 2017 Raptor, allowing the Rebel to undercut Ford’s MSRP. Still, that seems like a big gamble on Ram’s part.

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2017 Fiat/Ram Pickup

2017 Fiat/Ram Pickup

It appears Fiat is developing a midsize pickup truck that slots above its compact Strada pickup. The news comes as our spy photographer captured these shots during a recent cold-weather test session. What’s more, it’s very likely Ram is in the mix, helping its Italian brother develop a strong competitor against the global Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Hilux.

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2017 Fiat/Ram Pickup

2017 Fiat/Ram Pickup

It appears Fiat is developing a midsize pickup truck that slots above its compact Strada pickup. The news comes as our spy photographer captured these shots during a recent cold-weather test session. What’s more, it’s very likely Ram is in the mix, helping its Italian brother develop a strong competitor against the global Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Hilux.

The general suspicion is this vehicle is the production version of the Fiat FCC4 concept seen at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show. That far-fetched concept was more of a design study, so expect if any of its wild features make it to production, they will be heavily toned down. I say Fiat’s truck will fall in line with its competition in the design department.

Regardless of looks, the main question at hand is whether Ram will take advantage of the partnership and bring the truck to the U.S. The midsize Dakota has been dead since 2011, leaving Chrysler out of the midsize truck fight. So will Ram bring back the Dakota? Keep reading for more speculation.

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Ram Announces Debut For Chicago Auto Show

Ram Trucks has announced it will have a product unveiling at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show on February 12. Though Ram’s press release doesn’t give details, we’ve got our suspicions as to what’s coming.

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Ram Announces Debut For Chicago Auto Show

Ram Announces Debut For Chicago Auto Show

Ram Trucks has officially announced it will conduct a “product unveiling” at next week’s 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Though the short press release (below the jump) doesn’t offer any clues, it’s a sure bet Ram will bring a revised 2016 Ram Heavy Duty sporting a mid-cycle refresh. This falls perfectly in line with Chrysler’s five-year plan that was announced last year.

Currently the Ram HD trucks are modeled after the 2009-2012 Ram 1500. The light duty truck saw a minor refresh for 2013, bringing an updated front fascia, bumper, and rear taillight assembly. These are the changes likely to transfer onto the 2016 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks. What’s more, the changes will extend to the Ram Commercial side, bringing the refreshed look to Ram 4500 and 5500 series trucks.

According to the five-year plan, 2017 is bringing a major update to the Ram 1500 light duty truck. That’s when we can expect a heavily restyled front end, a new interior, and perhaps some powertrain updates. Following the pattern, the Ram HD trucks will get those updates the next year in 2018.

For now, expect to see a sleeker, more modern Ram HD debut at Chicago. Perhaps the debut will include a more powerful version of the venerable 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel. Currently maxing out at 385 horsepower and 865 pound-feet of torque, the Cummins is out gunned by 55 horsepower compared to Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel.

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2017 RAM 1500 SRT Hellcat

2017 RAM 1500 SRT Hellcat

Ram CEO Bob Hegbloom may have dampened our flaming hope for a Hellcat-powered Ram truck back in October, but embers still burn on the possibility. Remember Hegbloom only said, “At this time, I would say no.” Those first three words are the imperative part. Sure, it is more likely the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be the next Chrysler product to get the Hellcat powerplant as we reported, but that doesn’t mean the Ram isn’t somewhere down the line.

To that end, we’ve created a rendering of what a 707-horsepower Ram truck might look like. It shares many cues from the 2015 Challenger Hellcat and its 2015 Charger Hellcat sibling, including the specific bodywork that denotes the engine. Badging similar to the coupe and sedan also adorns the Ram. Of course bodywork is only skin deep and the Hellcat would necessitate a host of upgrades for a platform that’s only used to a max of 395 horsepower.

This wouldn’t be the first time Ram — or Dodge at that time — has put a ridiculous powerplant behind that crosshair grille. Between 2004 and 2006, Dodge produced the Ram SRT-10 fitted with the same 8.3-liter V-10 that came in the Viper. With 500 horses, 525 pound-feet of torque, and a manual transmission, the SRT-10 was anything but conventional.

So will Ram bite the bullet? Only time will tell, but there sure seems to be a solid case for an SRT-10 successor. After all, Challenger Hellcat owners need something stout to trailer their track car.

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There Won't be a Ram 1500 Hellcat; At Least Not "At This Time"

There Won’t be a Ram 1500 Hellcat; At Least Not "At This Time"

The muscle car era is alive and kicking at Chrysler these days, and it all surrounds the supercharged, 6.4-liter, Hellcat V-8. So far, engineers and folks with blood pumping through their hearts have convinced the bean counters to drop the 707-horsepower V-8 into the Challenger and Charger and its paying off hugely as Dodge dealers can’t keep Challenger Helcats in stock. But what else could Chrysler throw the Hellcat at?

Unfortunately (for now), the possibility of a Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 truck seems bleak. Car & Driver recently managed an interview with Ram Trucks’ CEO Bob Hegbloom over lunch and the topic came up. His answer? “At this time, I would say no.”

Aha! It’s all in reading between the lines. Even though Hegbloom continues in his statement saying something along the lines of, “[there are] other areas [of Ram’s business] with a bigger opportunity.” Oh, but wait. So perhaps the Hellcat will in fact find its way into other Chrysler products. That makes even more sense when considering the automaker just recently trademarked the name “Trackhawk.” Perhaps this will be a beastlier version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

So while the Hellcat’s next stop might not be the Ram 1500’s engine bay, it seems the truck could be on the list — just further down. As Car & Driver points out, the Ram — or Dodge back then — has a history of insane powerplants. Remember the Ram 1500 SRT-10 with the Viper engine and six-speed manual transmission? We sure do. Hopefully the time will come when Chrysler gives the Ram 1500 SRT Hellcat project the green light.

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Live: Ram Will Launch New Model On June 26th

Live: Ram Will Launch New Model On June 26th

Update: Ram is set to kick off the live stream at 11:00 a.m. ET, so grab some popcorn and find out what this new product will be!

When Fiat Chrysler executives were spilling the beans last May about the big-picture-plans concerning nearly every single product under the corporate umbrella, Ram Trucks CEO Reid Bigland got his turn to divulge future product plans for Ram. Well, it seems we’re only a week away from that first debut.

Ram Trucks released an invitation to a livestream event scheduled for Thursday, June 26th at 11 a.m. EDT. The invitation simply says it’s a “new product announcement.” What exactly Ram is announcing, we can’t be completely sure. However, we have a pretty strong suspicion.

Within last month’s Fiat Chrysler five-year plan layout, Ram was listed as giving a mid-cycle refresh to the Ram 1500 for the 2015 model year. Though we haven’t seen any camouflaged 1500s roaming the streets, we’re sure this will be topic on the 26th.

Like always, the heavy-duty lineup gets its refresh the following year — and Fiat Chrysler’s plan follows that pattern. The Ram 1500’s refresh for 2015 will serve to keep the truck selling big numbers until its next scheduled generation change in 2017. Then the HD cycle starts over again with new 2500 and 3500 trucks rolling out in 2018.

As always, stay tuned to TopSpeed for the update next week as Ram pulls the covers off its latest truck.

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