Auto News for Sept. 30 – Wild New Ram

Ram Rebel TRX Concept

This is one truckin’ Friday

 The Ram Rebel TRX concept is an engineering, design and consumer-interest study for an extreme performance half-ton pickup. A supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 delivers 575 horsepower, the most powerful factory-engineered half-ton pickup ever, said Fiat Chrysler. It features an eight speed automatic with paddle shifts, more than 13 inches of wheel travel at all four corners, and is six inches wider than the standard Ram 1500. The truck was built specifically for the 2016 State Fair of Texas and is one mean looking pickup.


 Ford announced horsepower and torque ratings for the 2017 F-150 Raptor. Equipped with the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo six the Raptor is good for 510 lb-ft of torque and 450 horsepower. It will be married to a 10-speed automatic and a six mode Terrain management System. The dual-mode transfer case supplies clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive capability for everyday driving regardless of road conditions, while also providing a mechanically-locked, durable four-wheel drive system for severe, off-road fun. Ford said the truck will carry an MSRP of less than $50,000 when it goes on sale later this year.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD HighCountry

 Not to be left out of this party, Chevrolet has announced a redesigned Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 turbo diesel for the Silverado that it said offers more horsepower and torque than ever – 445 horsepower with 910 lb-ft of torque. That is a 19 percent gain in max torque over the current Duramax diesel. Engine noise has been reduced 38 percent at idle with 90 percent of peak torque is available at 1,550 rpm through 2,850 rpm. And that hood scoop you see in the picture actually works for cooler engine temperatures during trailering on steep grades for instance.

 Mercedes and Renault have reaffirmed their alliance and announced at the Paris Auto Show that the first Mercedes-Benz pickup truck is on track and will be produced at the Alliance’s production facilities in Spain and Argentina. At this point, it appears the 1-ton truck will not be offered here. Mercedes will offer more information in October.




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