If you think that Ram’s new 1500 TRX model is a regular 1500 model that’s been beefed up with a body kit, then you are way off the mark. Basically, the whole truck has been stripped down, strengthened, lifted, stretched out and a 702 hp supercharged engine added under the hood.
Ram is claiming the new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is now the quickest, fastest and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world, and when you see the figures backing up their statement you can see why.
The TRX has been designed specifically for extreme off-road performance. Every aspect of the new vehicle has been specifically engineered to make sure that the TRX can handle any terrain, at high speed, while making the ride for the occupants as smooth and comfortable as possible.
From the all-new strengthened frame to the totally redesigned interior, the TRX is a totally new beast that not only looks like it means business but has the ability to prove it as well.
A new high-strength steel frame has been added as well as an all-new unique suspension system with active damping that raises the bodywork up by 51 mm (two inches) and can allow the new 18-inch wheels to travel up to 330 mm (13 inches) on both the front and back axles. The new 35-inch Wrangler tires have been specifically designed for the TRX and in combination with the new suspension gives this monster 300 mm (11.8 inches) of ground clearance.
To be able to contain the massive wheels and tires, composite fender flares have been incorporated into the bodywork that stretch the width of the truck by an impressive 203 mm (eight inches), giving it a far more muscular stance.
Up front, the new functional hood scoop manages to handle 50 per cent of the airflow needed to feed the massive 6.2 L supercharged Hemi engine.
A newly designed grille that includes Ram’s new head logo and “R-A-M” badge with flow-through lettering manages to supply the other 50 per cent.
Under the new hood sits the SRT-developed 6.2 L supercharged Hemi V-8 engine that produces 702 hp with 650 lb.-ft. of torque. This beast manages to propel it to 96 km/h in 4.5 seconds and on, up to a top speed of 190 km/h — with that speed being limited by the tires.
An eight-speed automatic, high-torque transmission makes sure that gear changes are quick and sharp when driving normally or when pushing the truck hard. The TRX comes with four driver-selectable Drive Modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow and Custom.
The TRX comes with a choice of two new TRX-specific interiors that include premium leathers and suede with carbon fibre finishes.
A leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with new aluminum paddle shifters has also been added. A new gear shifter, mounted in the centre console, has replaced the circular knob found on the regular 1500. New front bucket seats with enhanced bolsters have been redesigned to make sure that both the driver and front passenger stay in position during heavy off-roading.
Both front and rears seats are covered in black leather and suede with available red double stitching, with the front seats being both heated and cooled while the rear is heated only.
The Drive mode selector is now on the dash above the transfer case switches with a new launch-control button sitting to the right.
A full-colour heads-up display is now available — a first in any FCA vehicle — and is accessible through the 12-inch infotainment screen.
The new TRX comes with too many safety, mechanical and technical enhancements to mention here but be rest assured that the TRX is setting a new standard in the pickup market.
The Ram 1500 TRX certainly takes pickup trucks to a new level. The supercharged V-8 engine produces enough power and torque to put most supercars to shame, but the super aggressive body styling makes sure that this truck won’t be mistaken for your regular pickup.
Canadian pricing will be released shortly.
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