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4 Wheel & Off Road - - CONTENTS - Drew Hardin BY EDI­[email protected]

Ram may fi­nally come out with a com­peti­tor to Ford’s Rap­tor. News on the in­ter­net says that a ver­sion of the Ram Rebel TRX con­cept truck will go on sale as a 2021 model. Don’t re­mem­ber the Rebel TRX? It was un­veiled at the 2016 State Fair of Texas and fea­tured Dodge’s su­per­charged, 575hp Hell­cat V-8, 37-inch tires, by­pass shocks, more than 13 inches of wheel travel, and a body that was some 6 inches wider than the stan­dard Ram. Au­toweek re­ports a Ram-fan web­site called 5thGenRam says the TRX—or some ver­sion of it—is on the way. The mag­a­zine didn’t want to guess about which equip­ment from the con­cept truck could make it to pro­duc­tion, though the fan site says there will be two Hemi en­gines avail­able, a 7.0L nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V-8 and the 6.2L Hell­cat V-8, likely as an op­tion.

Why put stock in in­ter­net spec­u­la­tion? Re­mem­ber that a sim­i­lar fan site leaked all kinds of in­sider info on the JL ver­sion of the Wran­gler prior to its in­tro­duc­tion, and that site turned out to be ad­min­is­tered by FCA. So Au­toweek spec­u­lates this 5thGenRam site may be a sim­i­lar front to spill info about the up­com­ing truck. Fin­gers crossed!

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