Left foot on the brake. Hard. Since you need to keep down a 702-hp and 650-lb-ft supercharged Hellcat V-8. Right foot to the floor. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has dispatch control, total with customizable dispatch rpm, however that is not generally a factor on a high-grasp cleared surface. After a fast ascent in motor speed, discharge your left foot, which brings about the TRX doing the first of numerous things that bowl us more than: an impact to over 60 mph in 3.7 seconds followed by a quarter-mile pass in nearly 12.3 seconds at 110 mph. That makes the ludicrous TRX the speediest pickup we’ve ever tried and simply 0.3 second more slow to 60 mph than a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, regardless of the large Ram gauging an amazing 1600 pounds more.
Welcome to the wild universe of the TRX, which Ram made by taking our #1 full-size 1500 pickup and trading in a blown 6.2-liter Hemi, completely expanding its casing, and investing it with genuine rough terrain abilities by fitting versatile Bilstein dampers that oversee bumpy Goodyear Wrangler Territory off-road tires over in excess of a foot of suspension travel (13.0 crawls in front and 14.0 at the back, to be precise). Offering a back tire drive mode to rapidly consume off a bunch of back tires would appear with regards to the TRX’s over-the-top disposition, yet its two-speed move case is four-wheel drive constantly, offering just 4WD Auto, 4WD High, or 4WD Low settings.
HIGHS: Mega V-8 push, super V-8 clamor, amazing on-street complexity.
What’s stunning about the enormous TRX—it’s 3.3 inches taller, 5.9 inches more extensive, and weighs around 1100 pounds more than the Ram 1500 team taxi on which it’s based—is the way incredibly polite it is on cleared streets. A dependable development in controlling exertion and consoling on-street elements make this behemoth pickup simple to put, even on winding two-paths. Game mode tightens down the dampers impressively, yet notwithstanding the long-travel suspension, there’s none of the buoy or wobble that you’d get in a Ford F-150 Raptor, the TRX’s prime rivalry. Greatest cornering hold is a simple 0.70 g, however the TRX permits you to handily misuse as quite a bit of it as you’d like. The brake pedal has some underlying crush to it, and a ton of crunch after rehashed prevents from high speeds. It posted a sensible 189-foot prevent from 70 mph. In any case, from 100 mph, that separation develops to 418 feet and with critical blur, regardless of sizable 14.8-inch front and 14.9-inch back brake rotors.
While the 6866-pound TRX has the force and auxiliary fortifications to veil its vastness, there is a genuine efficiency punishment to pay. EPA numbers are 10 mpg city and 14 mpg interstate, the most exceedingly awful of any light-obligation pickup and down there with the Bugatti Divo and Bentley Mulsanne in the positions of least proficient new creation vehicles. We found the middle value of 9 mpg generally.
LOWS: Mega thirst, no back tire drive mode, monstrous impression out and about.
The group taxi just TRX keeps up the entirety of the customary Ram 1500’s integrity, remembering the most delightful inside for pickup-truck-dom and a sweeping rearward sitting arrangement. Most extreme payload is a guaranteed 1310 pounds, yet our well-prepared test truck can pull just 934 pounds prior to surpassing its gross vehicle weight rating. Also, that is without the discretionary all encompassing sunroof, which would have positively dissolved its ability further. Towing is a solid 8100 pounds; take that, Ram SRT10.
In spite of the fact that the TRX’s $71,790 base cost may appear to be high comparative with the $55,150 beginning stage for a team taxi Raptor, the Ram is a general deal among all-wheel-drive Hellcat-fueled machines. The Dodge Durango Hellcat starts at $82,490, and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk at $89,165. At an as-tried $89,365, our test truck was stacked with the $7920 Level 2 Equipment Group that brings the entirety of the treats from the customary Ram 1500 Limited model: warmed and ventilated force front seats with cowhide upholstery, warmed second-line seats, keyless section, redesigned inside trim, and that’s just the beginning. Likewise included were $1895 18-inch beadlock-proficient wheels, $1295 in carbon-fiber inside trim, a $1095 head-up show and back view camera reflect, and $995 rock rails under the entryway ledges (which aren’t extremely useful as running sheets on the high-riding TRX).
Our model likewise had a discretionary $995 bed-mounted full-size extra notwithstanding the one threw underneath the load box, which implied we were conveying two extra 103-pound haggle gatherings—a further reason to take enormous risks. By what means can you not go for the full send with two extras locally available? We discovered a lot of rushes (and broadcast appointment) on the sand hills in Silver Lake State Park, which sits on Lake Michigan’s coast on the west side of our home state.
We won’t attempt to persuade you that the best spot to encounter a TRX isn’t the driver’s seat, yet a nearby second is remaining external it when it’s tearing around Silver Lake’s 450-section of land sandbox. Hellcat is an exceptionally fitting name for the disturb the whole neighborhood tears and snickers that regurgitate from the TRX’s tailpipes. We likewise figured out how to put three or four feet of air under its tires, jumps that it accepted. Actuating the Baja drive mode relaxes up the suspension extensively, and notwithstanding its huge heave it figured out how to remain all around formed as we skipped across large challenge de-doos as quick as we tried. Delicate sand has an immense force sapping impact, which caused the TRX’s 702 horses to feel less over the top than in the city. In any case, the supercharged Ram procures the honor of being the main creation vehicle we’ve driven in profound sand that doesn’t feel woefully underpowered.
We need to offer credit to Ford for driving the route into this new period of elite rough terrain pickups, which eventually prodded Ram to make something that could challenge the Raptor’s until now uncontested strength in the fragment. That the TRX is as astonishingly speedy as it is additionally makes us keep thinking about whether it’s creating more force than its Hellcat-fueled stablemates. Yet, examination tests and specialized investigation aside, even a short drive in the TRX is sufficient to affirm that it is basically amazing in pretty much every manner a pickup truck can be.
2021 Ram 1500 TRX
front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup
PRICE AS TESTED
$89,565 (base price: $71,790)
supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection
376 in3, 6166 cm3
702 hp @ 6100 rpm
650 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Suspension (F/R): control arms/live axle
Brakes (F/R): 14.9-in vented disc/14.8-in vented disc
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT, LT325/65R-18 121/118T M+S
Wheelbase: 145.1 in
Length: 232.9 in
Width: 88.0 in
Height: 80.9 in
Passenger volume: 132 ft3
Curb weight: 6866 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.7 sec
100 mph: 9.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.2 sec
1/4 mile: 12.3 sec @ 110 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 118 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 189 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 418 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.70 g
Standing-start accel times omit f 0.2 sec.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 9 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 12/10/14 mpg