News: The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Takes Aim at the Ford Raptor

Back in 2016, Ram Trucks unveiled a concept 1500 pickup truck with a 575 hp V8 engine. Fans were instantly captivated by it and begged FCA to put it into production. Four years later and that concept is now a reality that you can buy for $69,950 USD. But unfortunately it will not be producing a maximum output of 575 hp. Instead it’ll be 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Photo courtesy of FCA

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will be powered by a 6.2L supercharged V8 that will be able to propel the big truck to 96 km/h (60 mph) in just 4.5 seconds and can complete the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds. Not only is that sports car territory but when compared to the only other true competitor, the Ford Raptor, the TRX is more than half a second faster to 60 mph & a full second faster down the quarter mile.

Power is sent to all four wheels via a beefed up 8-speed automatic & transfer case. Independent front suspension with Bilstein Black hawk e2 adaptive shocks & a Dana 60 solid rear axle with a 3.55 ratio & limited slip differential ensure that the power gets to the ground. There are also five drive modes including Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow, & Custom. When you’re off the beaten path, the Ram 1500 TRX can help you stay in control and out of trouble with the Mud/Sand, Rock, & Baja off-road modes.

To ensure that you know what this truck is when you see it on the roads or in the bush, the Ram 1500 TRX receives flared wheel arches, a massive grille with RAM lettering, LED clearance marker lights, functional hood scoop, skid plates, & steel bumpers. 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires comes standard and are wrapped around black 18-inch wheels.

But at the end of the day this is still a pickup truck and as such it needs to also perform pickup truck duties. It can tow up to 8,100 lbs, carry up to 1,310 lbs of payload and ford up to 32-inches of water. 


As mentioned earlier, the new Ram 1500 TRX has a pretty hefty price tag and can easily be optioned up to $100,000 USD. The Ford Raptor, by comparison, has a $53,500 USD starting price for the SuperCab configuration. But now the Raptor is no longer in a class of its own and the competition is ready to take the crown away from it.It would be interesting to see if General motors will decide to join this fight with the Silverado.

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