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August 18, 2020

By: Sinjin

CARS

Ram aims to own the off-road with the 2021 TRX

How many more times can dropping in a Hellcat motor into another production vehicle be newsworthy? The excitement of Dodge adding the Hellcat badging and inducting a new member into its “Brotherhood of Muscle” has started to dwindle. Although with their latest unveiling, this one could get pretty interesting as they put the blue oval into their sights. We’re talking about the new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

 

 

 

 

Described as  “the spiritual successor of the Dodge Ram SRT10 Viper-powered pickup” by Mike Koval at Ram, that he even admits was “batshit” at the time, this truck might be worth all of the hype.

Its no question that the TRX is going to be a direct competitor to the Ford Raptor. With similar aggressive styling and increased muscle from both brands respected regular trucks, the Raptor and the TRX will be closely compared. Until the TRX hits the dirt, let’s see what we know about it now.

The focal point of a truck like this is what’s under the hood, and while it’s nothing new by now, it’s worth mentioning.  Justifying the aggressive new fenders and hood scoop is a 6.2 liter Hemi V-8, commonly known as the Hellcat motor that we at Gas Monkey Garage know a thing or two about.

Taking it a set further and proving it’s not just made for the payment, power is sent to all 4 wheels through an eight-speed transmission. Given its upgraded suspension with 11.8″ of ground clearance, 13″ of travel in the front and 14″ in the rear, the TRX was made to play in the dirt, mud, and sand. Oh and in case you were wanting to get off of dry land, Ram says this half-ton can handle up to 32 inches of water.

Getting a little more on the technical side, this TRX will sport an electronic locking rear differential, big 15-inch brakes, and remote reservoir dampers.

Talking numbers, all that power is great, but exactly how well does that 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque get from point A to point B? Well, Dodge has already claimed its 0-60 time is 4.5 seconds, 0-100 in 10.5 seconds, and will run the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph. All that power is limited to a top speed of 118 mph solely based on the 365/65R18 T-rated tires that have to be able to take on the street and the offroad.

Starting at the base model price tag of $71,690 and going up to the launch edition priced at $90,265, the different levels of trim packaging has yet to be released.

Under the spotlight, the TRX looks like it will be able to go head to head with the Ford Raptor and determine who will be King of the production sport truck. Until we actually see this Ram hit the dirt and compete, who will reign supreme will be anyone’s guess.

For the full unveiling, you can watch the full reveal below

Photos: Dodge/Ram

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