We’ve been waiting a long time for someone to bring the fight to the Ford Raptor, and now Ram has finally done it, with the 2021 1500 TRX. And unlike the concept truck that came a few years back, it doesn’t just produce 575 horsepower. No, this now packs the punch of 702 horses, meaning it’s now the most powerful truck… in the world. If you didn’t that in Jeremy Clarkson’s voice, you meaning nothing to me.
This power comes from a 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI V8, and it can rocket this Ram to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds, and onto 100mph in just 10.5 seconds using the included launch control feature. Its Ford brother, the F-150, would be left in the first with its puny 450 horsepower and 5.1-second 0-60 figure. The TRX also puts the Raptor to shame on the quarter-mile, where it would finish a whole second earlier at 12.9 seconds and at a speed of 118mph.
Before the power gets to the wheels though, it’s pushed through an 8-speed TorqueFlite 8HP95. A constantly working transfer case with upgraded internals also takes on the immense shove from the powerful V8.
Don’t think this truck is just for the road, though. It can still wade through 32 inches of water, can tow 8,100lbs, and has a maximum payload of 1310 lbs. The suspension also isn’t overlooked, with active damping inspired by desert off-road racers. It’s front upper and lower control arms are forged aluminium, and a Dana 60 solid rear axle with a 3.55 ratio wields full floating hubs, a limited-slip diff, and an axle-hop damper for maximum off-road traction. Alongside its 2.5-inch Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive shocks, this machine will take anything thrown at it. Of course, so would anything if it had the TRX’s 13-inches of wheel travel.
A number of modes make sure the truck is adapted to any scenario, including a new Jump Detection feature, which knows exactly when the truck gets airborne to make sure it doesn’t damage itself on landing.
Just like its Hellcat brethren, this thing looks mean from the outside with a number of exterior LEDs and an aggressive bodykit. 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory 325/65/R18 All-Terrain tyres also feed its aggression, just like the hoodscoop which enables 50% more air into the engine.
This thing is mad on all levels, and with a starting price of a smidge under $70,000, we’re expecting to see plenty on the road when the time comes.