Ford effectively birthed a pickup truck segment when the original F-150 Raptor stormed onto the scene years ago. And the truck has gone uncontested from automaker directly. Ram will have something to say about it, however. Chevrolet? Not so much, as far as we know.
Fiat-Chrysler Authority reported on Tuesday that the Ram Rebel TRX was spied testing with a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 engine under the hood. Aside from the massive engine, the truck appeared to sport a beefed up suspension, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires and non-original wheels. Ram worked to make the test mule look like a regular pickup, but the differences (and supercharger whine) gave the truck away.
FCA already committed to producing the Ram Rebel TRX, based on the 2016 concept truck. The concept made 575 horsepower, sported a suspension with 40 percent more travel, Baer brakes and beadlock-capable wheels. The truck should debut in the next couple of years.
As for Chevrolet, we haven’t heard a peep about a potential Silverado rival to the F-150 Raptor and upcoming Rebel TRX. Chevrolet insists the Colorado ZR2 remains its off-road contender, but the mid-size pickup is more rock crawler than high-performance baja screamer.