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Pickup Trucks: Quit Teasing: Make the Ram 1500 Hellcat

Can we have an honest discussion? We don't want lots of yelling with two sides frozen in their trenches, unmoved by passion or logic. We get enough of that from the news. We want open-mindedness here and a thoughtful exchange of ideas in the comments section below.

Ready for the topic? Should there be a supercharged 700-plus-horsepower engine under the hood of a full-size pickup truck?

We've made this pitch before, but now, given all the fun we had with the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawkand the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, it's time to get serious.

On its face, this might seem like a simple idea — and maybe one that a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bean counter might have some trouble with — but think of all that throaty torque just waiting to spin the rear wheels of a half-ton pickup. If you must, give the pickup the same all-wheel-drive system in the Jeep. Of course, while the Jeep is rated at 707 hp and 645 pounds-feet of torque, I'm pretty sure Ram engineers will (have to) find a way to reverse those numbers and possibly bump them up a bit.

So Ram, enough with the teasing: Make it so!

If heavy-duty diesel buyers can get 900-plus pounds-feet of torque from their Ford Power Stroke, Ram and Nissan Cummins, and GM Duramax engines, why can't a half-ton gas V-8 get a bit less than that? It almost seems properly balanced to give the light-duty trucks more horsepower and the HDs more torque.

We'd love to see a Ram 1500 Hellcat or Trackhawk — we don't care what it's called — because that would signal the return of the sporty muscle truck (or is that a muscle sports truck?). That means Ram could once and for all crush the memories of the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SS muscle pickups while possibly breaking the Dodge Ram SRT-10's Guinness World Record for top speed for a pickup.

For now, we'll all just have to sit on our hands and wait for someone at FCA — Hey, Jim Morrison, head of Ram, what are you waiting for?! — to give this pickup the green light and make a giant splash at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas or the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Attention Ram Nation fans who have been screaming at this post for the last 30 seconds: We are fully aware that we've already seen and heard a pretty cool version of this engine in the Ram Rebel TRX off-road monster concept first seen at the 2016 State Fair of Texas and again at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. We're simply not sure Ram has the courage to let something like that out of the design studio. We've seen plenty of spectacular concepts from the Jeep boys, whose design studio is next door to Ram's, that have never seen the light of day. We're guessing the TRX is going to fall into that black hole, too.

For now, feel free to sound off about what pickup platform you'd like to see FCA's supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 sitting inside. And if you have a few thoughts to share with Ram, feel free to offer them — without expletives, please — in our comments section below. photos by Mark Williams

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