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Have you been thinking about purchasing a pickup truck? Well, we have some good news for you. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is on its way to our dealership with all of its Hellcat glory! Going head-to-head with the Ford F-150 Raptor, the new Ram 1500 TRX is more powerful and much cooler. In fact, the name is not pronounced as “T-R-X.” It is actually pronounced like “T-Rex” as in the Tyrannosaurus Rex - King of the Jurassic Era. This beast will eat up anything in its path, including the little Raptors.
Featuring a supercharged Hellcat engine, 35-inch tires, wider fenders, a reinforced frame, and a slew of other new characteristics, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is a force to be reckoned with. It is designed specifically for off-roading, and it can be equipped with many luxurious stand-alone options and packages, including advanced safety systems. With seating for five people, it is currently only available with a crew cab and short bed.
As for a brief trip down memory lane, the TRX concept vehicle was first unveiled in 2016 at the Texas State Fair. Everything is bigger in Texas, so this venue was more than fitting. But the truck itself didn’t come to fruition until 2020. With a starting price of $70,095, it will cost a pretty penny to get your hands on one of these powerful beasts. But while buying a Tyrannosaurus Rex is not cheap, it is worth every cent.
Although the TRX is technically a trim level of the 2021 Ram 1500 truck lineup, it is best thought of it as its own vehicle. This is because it is so very different from any of the other Ram 1500 trucks. Growling under the hood is a supercharged V8 Hellcat motor. This magnificent engine generates an astonishing 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. And despite the off-road nature of the TRX, this engine allows it to pull up to 8,100 pounds and manage a payload of 1,310 pounds. This powertrain is not to be trifled with!
The V8 Hellcat is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system that includes a 2-speed transfer case. This powertrain is incredibly smooth both on the roads and off the beaten path. You won’t find performance specs like this one any other truck in the class. Also, it is quick.
While John Hammond clocked his T-Rex and 35 mph, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX can accelerate from 0 to 60 mpg in just 4.5 seconds. Other track tests have shown that it can reach 100 mph in 10.5 seconds, and it can complete a quarter-mile track in only 12.9 seconds. With a top speed of 118 mph, you could easily outrun a real T-Rex in this truck.
When you think of water fording and extreme capabilities, other vehicles might come to mind over a truck. However, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX was designed to conquer all sorts of terrains and obstacles. And to do that, it is equipped with the best gear to handle whatever nature throws at it.
First, let’s discuss the vehicle’s water fording capabilities. There aren’t many vehicles that can handle deep water, and for a very long time, the only model that drivers were confident about was the Jeep Wrangler. However, times have changed, and the Ram 1500 TRX is not messing around.
Featuring a large scooped hood that hides a dual-path induction system, this truck was designed to suck in more air and filter out dust, debris, water, and contaminants. The intake inlets are located in high positions on the truck’s body so that water will not flood the engine compartment. This allows the TRX to drive through bodies of water that are up to 32-inches deep.
The TRX has been fitted with Dana 60 rear axles and an electronic-locking differential. If those two features sound familiar to you, you’ve probably heard of the Dana 44 axles that are used on the Jeep Wrangler. The Ram 1500 TRX Dana 60 axles are even better for optimized off-roading. Providing enhanced traction control, you don’t have to worry about slipping or sliding.
For even better ride control, Bilstein Black Hawk e2 nitrogen-charged adaptive dampers have also been added, and 23.6-inch rear springs are the tallest springs to ever be installed on a truck. If that wasn’t enough, the suspension has also been revised. Although it is still the comfortable 5-link coil suspension that is used on all other new Ram 1500 trucks, it has been adapted to better handle the off-road environment. For instance, the independent front suspension has been revised with front upper arms and lower control arms forged out of aluminum.
If you are planning to go rock crawling with your new Ram 1500 TRX, you’ll be happy to know that the oil pan and alternator have both been upgraded. The deep sump pan provides a more reliable oil flow while you are off-roading, while the high mounted alternator helps fording depth. Other enhancements include restyled manifolds, larger brakes, and a four-wheel-drive system with a 2.64:1-ratio low range.
Part of the reason that we like to consider the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX as an entirely new truck is because the exterior is very different. In fact, Ram engineers took note that it is approximately 75% different from the regular Ram 1500 models. The frame of the TRX is built out of high-strength steel, providing long-lasting stability. The side rails of the frame are fully boxed, and several sections have been hydroformed for added strength.
These revisions were made to accommodate jumping, and with the additional power of the TRX, you will be able to put the Raptor to shame when it comes to flying through the air. Protective skid plates have also been installed to prevent damage to the underbelly, while full-length rock rails are optional. Four tow hooks are also included for helping lesser trucks get back on the trail.
The Ram 1500 TRX is also significantly wider than the base Ram 1500. This is because of its massive 35-inch all-terrain tires and the extended fender flares needed to shield them. Altogether, this adds some 6 inches to the trucks track and 8 inches to its overall width. And of course, those tires also help give the truck its impressive 11.8 inches of ground clearance.
Other exterior changes include LED marker lights on the scooped hood and the back of the truck. Function air curtains are also built into the headlights to help cool the engine, and TRX badging has been added as well. Finally, the grille has been done in black instead of chrome for a more aggressive look.
The TRX technically only has a single trim, but it can be outfitted with different packages that will give you more premium features. The truck comes with standard interior features such as black cloth and vinyl upholstery with red accents. But the TRX Level 1 and Level 2 Equipment Groups, as well as the Launch Edition package, all include upgraded interiors that are similar to the Ram 1500 Limited model. Featuring subtle leather seating with suede inserts and available carbon-fiber trim along with the dashboards, they are all very luxurious.
The TRX Level 2 and Launch Edition packages can also come with a head-up display that projects vehicle information such as speed and remaining fuel onto the front windshield. This feature was designed so that you don’t need to look away from the road or trail. A rearview camera is included as well, with the video feed linking directly to the massive 12-inch touchscreen display.
This display is also part of the advanced Uconnect infotainment system and even supports split-screen apps. Also, trailer backup assist is included to allow you to hook up to a trailer with the simple turn of a dial. This feature transforms the task from a two-person job to a one-person job.
If you look at the gear shifter, you will notice a difference as well. Unlike the standard Ram 1500 and its dial shifter, the TRX has a proper floor-mounted shifter for a sportier feel. This is also enhanced through the race car-style flat-bottom steering wheel. Further, you can easily select between eight different driving modes based on current road conditions. These include Normal, Sport, Snow, Custom, Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja.