The new Ram 1500 model will be the most powerful production pickup ever when it goes on sale late this year. The truck comes with a 702-hp version of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2L V8.
Unlike that street machine, the TRX is a high-performance off-roader. Along with the monster motor, its composite fender flares add 8 inches of width to accommodate a new suspension system that provides 13 inches of wheel travel and comes with adaptive Bilstein dampers designed to handle speeds over 100 mph on rough terrain. A Jump Detection system can tell when the truck is in the air and adjust all of its systems for a smooth flight and landing.
It also gets a beefed-up frame and a 2-inch lift and comes standard with uniquely designed 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory All-Terrain tires that help provide 11.8 inches of ground clearance and the ability to ford 32 inches of water.
It’s no slouch on pavement, however, and boasts a claimed 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, 12.9-second quarter-mile and a restricted top speed of 118 mph, due to the tires. With an eight-speed automatic transmission and 650 lb-ft of torque, it also maintains a fair amount of hauling capability with a payload rating of 1,310 pounds and max towing of 8,100 pounds.
The Raptor is the current king of the high speed, off-road pickups, but gets by with just 450 hp from its twin-turbocharged V6. How much the TRX’s 252 hp advantage is worth in the real rocky and dirty world remains to be seen, but there are rumors that Ford is preparing a supercharged V8-powered Raptor to match it.
Pricing for the 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX starts at $71,690 and can be optioned to just over $100,000. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2020 with 702 Launch Edition models featuring unique Anvil Gray paint and a standard equipment package that includes carbon fiber interior trim, head-up display, beadlock-capable wheels and additional features.Auto News, Blog