On Monday, the brand finally release that far-flung goal. This year, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will finally go on sale to the public Hellcat engine and all. It’ll cost at least $71,690, including destination, and may command nearly six figures all-in when it arrives in dealerships in the winter.
Billed as the fastest, quickest and most powerful mass production truck in the world, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 702 hp (523 kW / 712 PS) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque.
The engine is paired to an upgraded eight-speed automatic transmission and an off-road focused four-wheel drive system. This setup enables the truck to post some truly remarkable performance figures as the TRX hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and can run the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph (174 km/h). Given enough room, the model will eventually hit a top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h).
The unique styling continues further back as the TRX has been equipped with wider rear fenders, LED taillights and a steel bumper with cut outs for the dual exhaust system which features tips that measure 5 inches (127 mm) in diameter.
A 6.0-inch-wider track provides more stability at high speeds, with composite fenders increasing overall width by 8.0 inches relative to the Ram 1500. A 0.8-inch-longer wheelbase makes more room for massive 325/65R18 tires that measure 35 inches tall.
Those tires were developed exclusively for the Ram TRX. The Goodyear Wrangler Territory rubber found under the high-performance pickup offers exceptional performance in wet, dusty, and muddy terrain, thanks in part to robust side lugs in the tread pattern. These 13-inch-wide tires should also offer plenty of floatation in sand and snow, helping the TRX stay on top of the dust rather than sunken into it.
While the exterior is pretty menacing, the cabin embraces luxury and comfort. There are three different interior trims and the base group is loosely based on the Ram Rebel. It features premium cloth and vinyl accents as well as black and dark ruby red surfaces.
The front seats are unique to the TRX as they feature enhanced bolstering and embroidery on the backrests. Designers also installed a new flat-bottom steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters and available suede and carbon fiber accents.
Inside, designers added thicker seats with 25% more bolstering, an all-new head-up display, a 12-inch Uconnect infotainment system and a custom specifications plate on the center console lid. The latter lists the VIN number, engine and supercharger type as well as boost output and horsepower rating. A serialized number plate on the center console of each truck has the truck’s VIN and engine and supercharger specs stamped into it.
Customers can also upgrade to the TR1 or TR2 Equipment Group which provides an interior based on the Ram 1500 Limited. They’re far more luxurious as they have heated / ventilated Natura Plus leather front seats with perforated suede accents. Other highlights include greystone contrast stitching and graphite metallic accents. The TR2 Equipment Group goes even further as it adds red stitching and available carbon fiber trim.
All trucks get a new flat-bottom steering wheel and cast paddle-shifters that run around the audio controls on the back of the wheel. A handle-shifter replaces the Ram 1500’s rotary knob and a new digital rearview mirror is fitted in the TRX. Cloth and vinyl seats are standard on the base TRX TR trim, while leather seats are available on TR1 and TR2 pickups. On top trucks, a 900-watt Harmon Kardon audio system booms from 19 speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer, the most powerful in any pickup.
The updated SRT performance pages displays data that can be downloaded to a USB stick, and engineers have added a Baja mode to the truck’s Sport, Auto, Tow, Snow, Custom, Mud/Sand, and Rock settings.
Other highlights include an all-new head-up display, a 12-inch Uconnect infotainment system and a custom specifications plate on the center console lid. The latter lists the VIN number, engine and supercharger type as well as boost output and horsepower rating.