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Ram's (possible) Raptor rival descends on Texas

30.09.2016

With the big focus being the unveiling of new models in Paris, Fiat-Chrysler owned Ram opted for the Texas State Fair to showcase its likely intended rival for the Ford F150 Raptor, the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept.

Based on the already intimidating Rebel, the TRX uses the same standard front axle as a normal Ram 1500, but with a wider track and repositioned spindles to accommodate the flared wheel archers housing the massive 37-inch wheels.

At the rear, the TRX receives a Dynatrac Pro 60 axle, a 1.5-inch axle shaft and an electric locker that provides an even torque spread. The TRX also comes equipped with Ram's off-road focused 4x4 Performance Control System along with a BorgWarner sourced 44-45 two-speed transfer case, which allows for part-time four-wheel drive selection.

Matching its exterior hardware, the TRX also outguns the iconic Viper powered SRT-10 as the most powerful vehicle Ram has ever produced.

Forgoing Ford's controversial decision to equip the Raptor with a forced induction V6, the TRX uses a detuned version of the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 HEMI lurking underneath the bonnet of the Charger SRT Hellcat, for a still substantial 428 kW (575 horsepower) with torque figures being unavailable. An eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic gearbox with paddle shifters sends the maniac grunt to the rear or all four wheels, with braking power coming from a set of six-calliper 15-inch rotors at the front and 14's at the rear. No further performance figures were revealed.

Although still only a concept, expect the TRX to go head-to-head with the Raptor if production is given the green light.

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