Oh yes, it’s happening. Back in 2016, the Ram 1500 TRX concept had a measly 575 horsepower, but we’ve long suspected FCA would go straight for the full 707 horsepower when it confirmed the TRX for production last year. Thanks to the enterprising folks over at Allpar, who spoke to unnamed sources on the matter, we have at least word-of-mouth confirmation that the pure 707 horsepower Hellcat engine will make its way into the production TRX.
Granted, these are unnamed sources and FCA could change course prior to their official announcement, but we wanted to share these encouraging signs. It’s a move that makes sense, given the engine appears in the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, Dodge Charger Hellcat and — much to my delight — the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Ram is firing a 6.2-liter supercharged shot across Ford’s bow with this truck, and it makes little sense to hamstring it by tuning it for anything less than 700 horsepower. With the spy shots we’ve seen, it looks like the company’s taken all that firepower into account planting it into a Ram 1500 chassis, thanks to beefed up suspension components and eight-lug wheels (at least on the prototypes).
Beyond that, Allpar says that the TRX will otherwise stay true to the concept, according to their sources. That means that we’ll see a truck that’s more than just a beefed up Rebel, which ought to make for a serious Raptor-fighter if the truck pans out as reports suggest it will. Inside, the Ram 1500 TRX should follow other SRT models, including bespoke trim and a fully-loaded Uconnect infotainment system. Uconnect 5 is FCA’s latest infotainment system built on Android, so that should make this truck a pretty comprehensive daily driver.
You know, it just happens to have enough power to embarrass most sports cars. We’re looking forward to seeing just how 707 horsepower shakes out in a production truck, so stay tuned to TFLtruck.com for more updates!