Spied: Ram working on Hellcat-powered pickup?
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles looks hellbent on putting its Hellcat engine in just about every vehicle it has with an engine bay large enough to fit the 6.2L supercharged V8. The Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Grand Cherokee and even the Jeep Wrangler have already been blessed with the Hellcat treatment, and the Ram pickup truck might be the next vehicle to join that list.
Two very conspicuous Ram prototypes caught the eye of our spy photographer earlier on Thursday. The two prototypes looked to be based on the Heavy Duty version of the Ram pickup and are clearly sporting solid axles and some serious looking tires. But the most intriguing part of these trucks is their modified front ends.
Both trucks feature a modified hood with a large, central air scoop. That hood scoop could be feeding FCA’s 6.2L supercharged Hellcat V8. If true, that means these trucks could be pushing more than 700 horsepower, which would give Ford’s latest F-150 Raptor a run for its money.
Although a seemingly wild idea, the notion of a Ram Hellcat could make for an interesting business case. The Hellcat Charger and Challenger have provided a boost in interest for the more mundane versions of those cars, not to mention a boost in profit for FCA. Moreover, as we’ve seen with the 6.4L-powered Ram Power Wagon, FCA isn’t afraid to spread its SRT engines to the Ram line.
It remains to be seen if a Ram Hellcat will ever see the light of day, but a significantly revised Ram is expected in 2017 or 2018, so we might only have to wait a year or two for a definitive answer.