A new leak has provided more details on the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX.
After revealing some spy photos of the Rebel TRX last week, an anonymous tipster who said they had connections to the company that built the prototypes called up Motor1 and dropped a few more bombshells on the upcoming pickup. We’re sure you’re eager to snap up whatever details you can about the new Raptor killer from Fiat Chrysler, so we’ll go over the highlights.
First, the test mule TRXs are all built by an engineering firm in Detroit with a history of making prototype vehicles. We didn’t get the company’s name, but it’s not unusual for big carmakers to contract out limited-run vehicles or test mules (Ford contracts Multimatic to make the Ford GT, for example).
There are 40 prototypes currently in existence, with 30 painted black and 10 painted white. One of those trucks has a Demon engine under the hood, while the rest all have Hellcat engines. Motor1 also reported last week that the base model Rebel TR would have a brand new 7.0-L V8 engine, but apparently that motor isn’t in any of these test mules.
Strangely, the mules all have 10-speed automatics, according to the tipster. That’s odd as we’re not aware of a 10-spd transmission over at Fiat Chrysler and thought that was limited to Ford and GM. The TRX also has a "Viper-style" ram-air induction system in order to give the truck as much go as possible.
Each corner of the TRX has dual Bilstein shocks to take on the Raptor’s Fox internal bypass shocks. Along with that, the TRX gets ARB Air Lockers on the front and rear axles which use pressurized air to lock the axles for "superior traction."
And last but not least, the wheels have 8 lugs in the back, and 6 lugs in the front.
We’re still without some very important details, such as pricing and when the TRX will become available, as well as if the truck will indeed have the same power figures as the Hellcat. Those will have to wait for another tipster to pop up or for Fiat Chrysler to feel generous with the inside scoop.