Ford F-150 Raptor gets a serious rival in the form of a new 2018 Ram Rebel TRX pickup models. Finally, she got confirmation that this RAM off-road pickup entered serial production. Rebel TRX is based on the same concept, which has recently shown.
Such a move RAM brand was expected. Indications were visible when the RAM Rebel version introduced in a bid 1500 Series, 2015. Rebel indicate the version RAM 1500 models, with improved off-road performance. However, this model still represents a version of the working vehicle. However, the launch of Rebel TRX concept, it was clear that RAM serious attacks Ford’s Raptor model.
RAM Pickup 1500 Series
Although RAM distant from the Dodge brand continues to be identified with these carmakers. Both brand operating within the FCA group. According to its history, the Ram pickup models respect and enjoys a certain reputation, particularly in the US market. However, the pickup models of the manufacturer, are somehow in the shadow of Ford’s and Chevrolet’s pickup models. Will the 2018 Ram Rebel TRX contribute to change such a order?
RAM Rebel TRX 2018 is genuine offroader. The company currently offers, the aforementioned RAM 1500 Rebel and RAM 2500 Power Wagon models. These two models have improved off-road capability. But that is not enough, so as to “stand in line” Ford F-150 Raptor pickup. Therefore, RAM decided to offer a pickup model for extreme off-road conditions. Model, which will be capable of keeping up by the desert, over the mountain ranges, through the jungle.
Ford F-150 Raptor enters its second generation, while RAM Rebel TRX has yet to prove himself and win the favor of fans of this kind of vehicle. Is RAM too late? Will not happen again fate had Dodge RAM SRT-10? It remains to be seen.
Recall, at the end of the last century, were popular city pickup models. Ford offered the F-150 SVT Lightning, while Chevrolet’s trump card was popular Silverado SS pickup. When Dodge decided to offer the mentioned SRT-10 model, the trend of these vehicles has already begun to subside. This Dodge RAM SRT-10 produced only four years. Due to the delayed reactions and bad decisions, RAM still lags behind Ford and Chevrolet. We hope that the 2018 Rebel TRX change this trend.
2018 RAM Rebel TRX Power Specification
RAM will become a leader when it comes to power in 1500 category. The 2018 Ram TRX Rebel gets 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine Hellcat. This engine, in the original release, possesses 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. Rebel TRX Concept is presented with a de-tuned version of the engine with around 575 horsepower.
As for the production model, there is no official announcement, but there are several versions. The first version says that under the hood find a de-tuned engine from concept with the 575 horsepower. Other information also indicates a loss of power, compared to the original model. However, these sources suggest the engine power of 600 horsepower. Finally, the third version is that the RAM Rebel TRX get original Hellcat 6.2-liter V8 engine, at full power of 707 horsepower.
No matter which version of the company decision, the vehicle will have enough strength to eat up the competition. In addition, the engine is fitted with an 8-speed transmission and AWD.
Ford Raptor develops only 450 horsepower from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine turboharged. However, the big advantage of this engine is a remarkable maximum torque of 510 lb-ft at 2,200 rpm.
Apart from the strong engine, the vehicle has a number of extras. Among other things, there have been noted specifically tuned suspension, as well as independent suspension at any point particular. Also, the vehicle further above ground level, in order to better overcome the obstacles out of hard roads. Certainly, there is a large number of electric tweaks. Loaders are massive tires (37 x 13,5 inch). To stop the vehicle are responsible Baer brake discs, size 15 inches.
Exterior and Interior
We have already mentioned that the production model based on the concept. Likewise, RAM Rebel TRX is based on the current 1500 Rebel, with the four doors. In addition, emphasis is placed on the vehicle a more aggressive look, and improved off-road performance. Chrome accents with the Rebel versions are replaced by elements made of hard plastic. The reason for this is the greater functionality and easier possibility of modifications in such elements.
The front grille has a unique design, made of plastic, and has a larger air vents, to ‘beast’ under the hood it easier to ‘breathe’. Also, Rebel TRX has a wider track, compared to the standard model. There are also flared wheel arches, side exhaust pipes, LED lights, etc. Finally, this model is wider than the standard model. In the last ‘trunk’ are two spare tire, which is the space lost its primary purpose. But this is not working vehicle.
The interior of the vehicle is ‘regulated’ in accordance with the external appearance. Great attention is paid to style. It is evident that ensures that the interior is adapted to off-road driving conditions, and to be easy to maintain. Accordingly, the seats are upholstered in leather, easy maintenance. Also, it should be noted that the rear bench seat replaced by individual seats.
The overall impression of the cabin is fantastic. It is noticeable that attention to passenger safety during off-road driving. Also, 2018 RAM Rebel TRX has a certain degree of luxury. There are steering wheel of the Dodge Viper models, the 8.4-inch touchscreen monitor and a camera at the rear.
Compared to its competitors, 2018 Rebel TRX RAM will have a higher price. This stems from the higher engine power. However, the company did not provide official information regarding the price. Ford F-150 Raptor costs $ 51,000 in the US market. This is the price for the version with four doors and a standard engine.