The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is a Hellcat-powered pickup truck with its sights clearly set on taking down the Ford Raptor. And it’s coming out of the gate swinging. It’s probably sliding too considering the engine under the hood is a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 cranking out a massive 702 horsepower. This old truck has many new tricks and Ford fans should take notice.
I created the above video for Autotrader, but it works here too.
The basics of it all are that Ram has been talking about the TRX for some time now. There have been rumors and concepts and now it’s really real. And Ram hasn’t cut any corners to bring it to life. You already know about the hefty Hellcat power, but perhaps more important is the running gear under the skin. Ram worked with Bilstein for a bespoke suspension setup that is up to the task of dune running mayhem. The Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive shocks are continuously adjusting to suit the riding conditions, both on-road and when airborne. And, unlike the Raptor, the Ram TRX ditches leaf springs and uses a multi-link setup out back. The rear axle is still a solid Dana 60, so there’s proper beef in the back.
Ram says the TRX will ford up to 32 inches of water and has 11.8 inches of ground clearance. The rear end boasts 13 inches of suspension travel. And the pig of a truck will run from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. And all of this powerful, screaming glory will not be cheap. The base price of a 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is $71,690. That’s over $13,000 more than the Raptor, but the TRX 1500 also makes 252 more horsepower than the already entertaining 450-horsepower Raptor.
Does the world need this truck? Absolutely not. Am I excited to fling it towards a dusty horizon with reckless abandon while crushing a can of Rockstar energy drink? No question about it. This thing is Full Send… with a factory warranty.