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Ram Should Call the Hellcat-Engined Rebel TRX the Pronghorn

Road & Track logo Road & Track 2020-07-03 Zach Bowman
a close up of clouds in the sky: The fastest animal in the western hemisphere isn’t a Raptor. © RAM The fastest animal in the western hemisphere isn’t a Raptor.

Ram has one of the best naming structures of any automaker. Models and packages like the Power Wagon, Rebel, Outdoorsman, Tradesman, and Warlock separate the brand from more milquetoast competition. Maybe that’s why the Rebel TRX feels like a missed opportunity. Dodge used the TRX designation for its off-road packages for years, but the new high-performance pickup is more than a set of shocks and some skid plates. From all accounts, it will boast in excess of 700 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. A truck like that needs a proper name.

a cow standing on top of a dry grass field: Pronghorn antelope (Antilocpara americana) in brush, Wyoming, USA © Darrell Gulin - Getty Images Pronghorn antelope (Antilocpara americana) in brush, Wyoming, USA

There are plenty of options to choose from, but there’s only one right answer: The Pronghorn. Let me explain. North America is home to the second fastest mammal on the planet, one that evolved to out-pace a long-extinct predator with plenty in common with a modern cheetah. The Antilocapra americana, or Pronghorn deer, can sprint to speeds of up to 60 mph, and can run at between 30 and 40 mph for a continuous 20 miles. Nothing short of a bullet can catch them.

What’s more, they can maintain that pace over rough and uneven prairie. The animal’s territory stretches from southern Canada to northern Mexico, straight through the core of some of America’s most romantic, beautiful, and rugged states. You’re guaranteed to see them grazing in Yellowstone, roaming across Wyoming and Montana. What better to describe a sure-footed pickup designed to outpace the Ford Raptor?

a group of people in a field: Pronghorn © Mark Newman - Getty Images Pronghorn

We don’t expect Ram to slap a Pronghorn badge on the Rebel TRX at our behest, but that doesn’t stop us from wishing. Our world’s full of meaningless, forgettable alphabet soup models. Saddling Ram’s ultimate sports truck with the same seems like a crime.

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