Ram unloads new details, video for Hellcat-powered Rebel TRX

Ram’s mission statement for the Rebel TRX concept was simple: Build a high-horsepower off-roading truck with the ability to clear miles of desert in the blink of an eye.

That should make Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] a little bit worried, because while the Blue Oval is heading down the downsizing route with its rival F-150 Raptor, equipping the 2017 model with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, Ram with the Rebel TRX is demonstrating it has no qualms dropping a V-8 in its own trucks.

And we’re not talking just any old V-8 here: Ram’s Rebel TRX is powered by that pretty orange lump known around the word as the Hellcat. It’s a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that delivers 707 horsepower in the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT muscle cars. Here, the output has been tamed to a more manageable 575 horsepower, though that’s still enough to make this the most powerful Ram ever built, as well as 125 horses more powerful than Ford’s F-150 Raptor.

And the Rebel TRX is a fully engineered truck. Using the standard Ram Rebel as their base, the engineers also tweaked the vehicle’s 8-speed automatic for the engine’s high output and the expected high-speed off-road driving this output can deliver. A standard front axle with an open differential and custom CV half-shafts were installed to handle a wider track dimension, while at the rear a Dynatrac Pro 60 axle spools power through an electric locking differential. A custom transfer case was also installed, which features “Normal,” “Wet/Snow,” “Off-road” and “Baja” modes.