As a high speed off-road pickup, the TRX will compete against Ford’s popular 450-horsepower Raptor. But with its huge supercharged V8, the Ram will produce far more power than the Raptor’s 3.5-liter turbocharged V6.
The TRX also has a muscular-looking body suited for the unique demands of a truck designed to drive at high speeds over rough, rugged surfaces.
Wide fender flares add eight inches to the truck’s overall width, enabling them to cover the truck’s extra wide off-road tires. The TRX rides 11.8 inches from the ground, which is two inches more ground clearance than the standard Ram 1500 all-wheel-drive truck. The truck’s suspension system was specially engineered to handle harsh terrain at speeds over 100 miles per hour. The TRX’s top speed is limited to 118 miles an hour, the company says, it wouldn’t be safe to go faster on the truck’s specially designed off-road tires.
A computerized “Jump Detection System” recognizes when the TRX has become airborne while driving and automatically controls power from the engine so transmission and engine components aren’t damaged. The system also controls power as the truck lands on the ground to provide the best possible performance, according to Fiat Chrysler. Special air filtration systems protect the engine from dust and dirt that’s kicked up in off-road driving.
The truck has a number of different driving modes that control things like the transmission, steering response, four-wheel-drive performance and suspension stiffness. These include three different off-road modes: Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja. Baja is intended for high speed driving on uneven surfaces.
Prices for the TRX will start at about $75,000. Fiat Chrysler will produce 702 special Launch Edition trucks that will sell for $90,310. The trucks will go into production at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights, Michigan, factory in October.
The TRX name has previously been used on some off-road capable Ram trucks and, when spoken, sounds a bit like T-Rex, a predatory dinosaur that was considerably bigger than the Velociraptor after which competitor Ford’s truck is named.
“T-Rex destroys raptors,” said Michael Koval Jr., head of Fiat Chrysler’s Ram truck brand during an online presentation for journalists.
As far the battle of the Ram TRX versus the Ford Raptor, that fight is far from over. Ford recently unveiled a redesigned version of the F-150 pickup on which the Raptor is based. The next evolution of the Raptor is expected to be revealed soon, as well.
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