RAM Rebel TRX concept revealed
American Special Vehicle, which imports and remanufactures RAM in Australia has revealed the RAM Rebel TRX concept.
THE RAM REBEL TRX CONCEPT has been revealed in Australia by American Special Vehicles, the company that imports and remanufacturers RAM in Australia. Joint CEO, Peter McGeown claims “The RAM Rebel TRX concept solidifies RAM’s position an off-road Ute leader. With 430 supercharged kilowatts and a suspension system built to withstand an all-day hammering, the Rebel TRX concept can devour the roughest terrain at more than 160km/h and never look back!”
Under the bonnet is a 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI (the most powerful engine the company has ever made) which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. RAM said the “engine, transmission and drivetrain to optimize the expected high-speed off-road driving cycle”.
The RAM Rebel TRX concept uses RAM’s 4×4 Performance Control System with a BorgWarner 44-45 transfer case. This system offers: Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road and Baja, named after the Baja 1000.
The RAM Rebel TRX concept uses a standard RAM 2500 front axle with an open differential and custom CV half-shafts to handle the wider track dimension. The spindles are moved forward to make room within the wheel arches for the 37-inch tyres. Suspension travel is increased by 40%.
At the back, a Dynatrac Pro 60 axle spools power through an electric, selectable locker to 35-spline, 1.5-inch axle shafts. The locker is available in all modes. The brakes use the standard factory boost compensation unit, at the front are six-piston monoblock calipers mounted to 15-inch rotors. The rear uses six-piston calipers with 14-inch rotors.
The Rebel TRX concept carries two complete spare tire and wheel packages. Tools and jack are located in custom, lockable storage between the wheels in the bed. Down the side are five-inch, side-exit exhaust ports integrated within a full-length rock rail.
On the inside, all four seats are strapped with six-point harnesses. An open upper glove box with elastic straps holds a TRX-labeled bag with color matched tools. A seven-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) display cluster features muddy tracks and TRX badge graphics. The same graphics fill the screen on an 8.4 Uconnect. To record TRX’s accomplishments, a custom camera mount is located in the rear-view mirror.
Question: Is there a market for a Baja-inspired ute in Australia, or does it seem like an indulgence for café-off-roaders?