Ram Rebel TRX Spied Testing, All Quiet On The Chevrolet Front6
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.
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I really hope *if* a Silverado ZR2 comes out, it gets the LT4 with the 10 speed.
I just don’t see GM getting into this market. Outside of a few Camaro and Corvette models, GM tends to stay pretty conservative. If you want to see GM’s idea of wild and risque, go back out to the main page and read the article about the Malibu RS (nothing more than different wheels, black emblems, a small spoiler and dual-exhaust). I bet that gets your heart racing, huh?
Silverado needs turbo V6 from V-sport with 450hp and average mpg around 20mpg. This would be a winner.
GM do right with the Colorado ZR2, so why not a Silverado ZR2?
The lf3 could be used in so many other GM vehicles and its wasted in a low production v sport. I own a 2016 and it’s a great engine. Easy to make 475-500 hp with this platform with a more aggressive tune. Torque curve very flat put it on 16-18 lbs of boost and stick it behind the 10 speed in a pickup would be a perfect home. This engine should have been an option for the camaro years ago on a rs package. GM leaving a lot of buyers out of the loop by not using more of the caddy stuff in Chevrolet performance. Sometimes I feel they don’t even want more market share how they build and option vehicles lately. This is coming from an 2017 zl1 owner my wife has the 2016 v sport and my daily beater is a 2007 tahoe with an lsa superchager on the 5.3. Yet another option GM chose not to use. Boosted suv/pickups are very popular. The 1.7 Eaton from the zl1 is perfect for the 5.3 as it’s way to small for my 6.2 in the camaro and why it’s coming off for a 2650 zr1/Magnuson blower soon as it’s released for sale.
Say what you will but Ram has slowly but surely been eating into GM’s market share for a number of years. It seems they capture much more convert customers from GM than Ford. FCA seems to be doing everything right with the Ram product.