With the recent debut of the new Ram Rebel TRX, the off-road performance pickup wars have officially kicked off. Ford first started this feud with the debut of the F-150 Raptor – an impressive package that went unanswered for years, but now things are getting a bit more interesting thanks to the Rebel TRX and the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado ZRX, as well.
Fiat Chrysler was riding high last week following the debut of the Rebel TRX, but taking photos and sending out a press release is the easy part. Now the automaker is busy putting the finishing touches on the truck and getting it ready for its upcoming market launch and it seems it may have hit a snag in this process over the weekend.
We recently spotted this uncamouflaged Ram Rebel TRX test prototype driving down the road in Metro Detroit when it suddenly came to a stop. The truck had to be flat towed away from the scene of the break down – likely to the chagrin of the FCA engineer or employee behind the wheel at the time.
Not to be overly harsh, but this isn’t a great look for the new Ram Rebel TRX. Michigan is filled with car enthusiasts and we wouldn’t be surprised if many motorists were aware of what this prototype was and were excited to see a Rebel TRX out in public, only for it to come to a grinding halt and get towed away shortly after. We aren’t aware of this happening to any Chevrolet Silverado ZRX prototypes, but then again, GM probably wouldn’t happily come out and tell us one of its test vehicles suffered a catastrophic failure.
That said, this news may still be a bit unsettling for those FCA customers who have already reserved the sold-out $92,000 Ram Rebel TRX Launch Edition or even just the standard base model that starts at not insignificant $72,000. The truck may still be under development, but this is a 2021 model year product, so its arrival is not far out by any means. Let’s hope this is the last time FCA experiences this issue with its development trucks.
As a reminder, the new Ram Rebel TRX produces 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8, which is paired with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel-drive. The truck will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in around 4.5 seconds and will also feature all-new independent front and rear suspension with specially-tuned Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance dampers.
GM’s answer to the Ram Rebel TRX, the Chevrolet Silverado ZRX, is expected to feature a supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive. Intel on its engine output, performance figures, suspension setup and other aspects is not yet known, so be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, Chevrolet news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.