BASED on the RAM 2500 and 3500 already sold in Australia, US-based car brand RAM has revealed a Hellcat powered concept ute, punching out 430kW of power and capable of speeds in excess of 160km/h – off-road.
The concept vehicle is powered by a supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8, butted up against a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, 4×4 Performance Control System and paddle-shifters.
The front and rear axles feature severe-duty components to handle the high kW and off-road rigors, with more than 13 inches of wheel travel at all four corners, an increase of more than 40 percent, while front and rear bypass performance shocks add to improved response and damping.
A unique RAM front grille and steel bumpers provide additional air flow to cool the Hellcat motor, with a body six inches wider than a standard RAM 2500, and huge fender wells to clear aggressive 37-inch tyres.
The Rebel TRX concept interior takes style signals from the RAM 2500, but adds unique features, materials and colours, including carbon fibre, luxury leather/suede and six-point harnesses.
RAM vehicles are bought to Australia by American Special Vehicles (a joint venture between Ateco Automotive and Walkinshaw Automotive Group). They are sold through the RAM dealer group, with the 2500 and 3500 models priced at $139,500 and $146,500 respectively (drive-away).
Both vehicles are powered by a 6.7 litre Cummins turbo diesel engine producing 276kW and a staggering 1084 Nm of torque, with a towing capacity in excess of six tonne. Right-hand drive RAM trucks engineered by American Special Vehicles are covered by a comprehensive three year, 100,000 km warranty along with full parts and service support.