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Ram Heavy Duty Spied With Massive Hood Scoop: Hellcat Power Wagon?

Posted in News on March 10, 2016
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Photographers: Brian Williams

What’s Ram up to lately? If these spy shots are anything to go off of, they might be developing a version of the supercharged Hellcat V-8 for use in the Power Wagon. Shown here in a parking lot full of Fiat Chrysler vehicles, these two Ram 2500 pickups sport solid front and rear axles, mud-terrain tires, a high-clearance suspension, and a noticeable hood scoop not unlike those of the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat.

Our resident speculators think Ram might throw the Hellcat under the hood of the Power Wagon as penance for not offering the off-road special with a diesel engine. The 6.7L Cummins doesn’t fit in the engine bay of the Power Wagon thanks to its front-mounted intercooler’s struggle for space against the PW’s winch. But a Hellcat engine (which makes 707 hp and 650 lb-ft in the Dodges) could serve as a substitute, making double the power and a similar amount of torque as the low-output Cummins I-6.

If Ram fits its Power Wagon with a Hellcat, we hope it’ll also retune its suspension for more high-speed off-roading. A Hellcat V-8 would be complete overkill in most low-speed off-road situations (although its supercharged torque would be handy in delicate rockcrawling), but it’d be a natural fit in desert racing. If that were the case, Ram would have a natural and formidable competitor to the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, due later this year.

Two bodystyles are evident: A Mega Cab and a regular cab, both sporting the same all-black bodywork, hood scoop, bumperless front and rear fascias, and divots on the doors where test vehicle ID plates reside. There’s no word on when the Hellcat Ram 2500 will hit dealers, but with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat recently confirmed for a 2017 reveal, a Ram could be coming soon after.

Source: SpideBilde Photography

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