FCA has revealed its extreme Hellcat-engined Ram 1500 TRX supertruck, which is arguably the biggest challenge the Ford F-150 Raptor has ever had to its long-held title.
Claimed to be the quickest, fastest, and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world, the Ram 1500 TRX is powered by a 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 engine that puts out 702 horsepower (692bhp) and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. It goes from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds; 0-100 mph in 10.5 seconds and dispatches the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph. The top speed of the truck is 118 mph.
The aggressive front fascia is anchored by the R-A-M badge with flow-through lettering, with the functional bonnet adding to the muscular looks while being responsible for 50 per cent of air entering the V8 engine. The remaining 50 per cent obviously enters through the front grille.
FCA says the new frame extensively uses high-strength steel that increases low-torsion attributes to enhance durability and stability.
The new front and rear 2.5-inch Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks have been designed exclusively for the TRX. Apparently these shocks provide fast reaction time, better damping and improved heat dissipation while tackling harsh terrain at speeds greater than 100 mph.
The truck gets more than 100 active and passive safety and security features, including ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and six air bags. Available features include Blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, Ready Alert Braking and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus.
FCA says the Ram TRX has undergone rigorous testing in extreme environments across the United States to handle the “most punishing conditions with extreme confidence, capability and durability.”
“The all-new 2021 Ram TRX sets the benchmark for extreme performance pickup trucks and solidifies Ram Truck’s position as the off-road truck leader,” said Mike Koval, Head of Ram Brand, FCA - North America. “Ram has a strong history of high-performance trucks and TRX adds to that while expanding the light-duty lineup with the segment’s best combination of performance, capability, luxury and technology.”