2017 Ram Hellcat HD 4×4 Fair warning: we admit that any of us have no concrete idea what these Ram prototype trucks are. But let’s also admit right now that any of us would really like those to be test beds for Hellcat-powered 2500 Heavy Duty pickups. The black bombers themselves give nothing away, but we all know that Jeep has installed the supercharged 6.2-liter, 707-horsepower, 650-pound-foot Hemi V8 in a very Grand Cherokee Trackhawk created for production buy, along with the Jeep Wrangler Trailcat concept to be shown through the Easter Jeep Safari. If Ram has applied itself to the present Stygian union, it may be a gleefully felicitous continuing development of the Hellcat brand.
When asked in October 2014 about any intention to create this very unicorn, Ram Trucks CEO Bob Hegbloom said, “At now, I would refuse.” But that’s 17 months ago—a very long time in the world of brand new vehicle development—and it’s quite possible everything has changed. There is zero conventional grounds for a Heavy Duty Ram Hellcat; some suggest maybe it’s competition for your Ford Raptor due later this current year, however these prototypes (one of these a Mega Cab) are monstrous; they’d each weigh as much as a pyramid and become just about as useful at high-speed desert running, unless Ram put loopy numbers of R&D to the effort. And, in all honesty, that isn’t really Ram’s thing.
2017 Ram Hellcat HD 4×4 Spied?
Ram has forsaken conventional reason before, though: the 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab used the Dodge Viper’s 8.3-liter V-10, which packed 500 hp and 525 lb-ft. And the Hellcat engine will continue to defy a number of logic. The most powerful motor ever offered within a stock production vehicle was among 2015’s big surprises, causing a real backlog of orders so much ruckus at dealerships that Dodge canceled numerous orders so that it could revamp its entire procuring and production system.
Trucks are huge business nowadays, with automakers seemingly struggling to make these to outrageous or too expensive for your buying public to demur. Cheap gas makes Horsepower > Reason the default car-buying equation, and also a Ram Hellcat will be too awesome to ever ought to explain itself. Quoting the wisdom of an colleague, “it’s time for Chrysler to prove they’ve completely lost their shit and stuffs that engine right into a pickup truck.”
Our spy photographer understand the funniest things sometimes. For instance, please take a close look at these Ram passenger trucks with the funny hood and solid front axle that had been spied near to the truckmaker’s proving grounds. We’re not sure how it is for, but our guys saw many of them in multiple cab configurations; plus they look like they’d be considered a blast to push. Here’s what our colleagues in the grass told us relating to this truck:
“Is a Ram HD pickup going to be the next FCA vehicle which utilizes the 6.2-liter all-aluminum supercharged Hellcat engine? We hope so.
“Spotted among various Chrysler prototypes can be a pair of heavily modified Ram HDs, one regular cab as well as the other a MegaCab, that has a cobbled front that could come to be hiding the supercharged Hellcat V-8 that produces 707 horsepower inside the Charger and Challenger muscle cars.
“We’ve heard from certainly one of our sources that FCA is looking that will put the Hellcat motor in everything they can fit in, since it is proved to certainly be a huge boost for sales inside the rear-drive cars. We may have learned it’s destined to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. And a Ram Hellcat could certainly one-up anything offered through GM or Ford’s performance division.”
Unfortunately, we didn’t are able to listen to the18 wheeler as it drove throughout the area. Fingers crossed.