Named after a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the monster size 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is set in motion by the 702-horse-powered Hellcat engine, making it the most potent high-performance half-ton pickup truck in the world.
Today’s Ram Trucks are part of a global family of vehicles owned by the world’s fourth-largest automaker, Stellantis, recently formed from a merger of Fiat Chrylser and the PSA Group. The new company, headquartered in Amsterdam, owns 14 vehicle brands that include Ram, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romer, Abarth, Lancia, Maserati, Citroen, DS, Opel, Peugeot, and Vauxhall.
Price: The base model 2021 Ram 1500 TRX starts at $71,990 MSRP, while the 702-unit launch edition is priced at $90,315 and goes over $100,000 for a fully loaded TRX. The Launch Edition Level 2 Equipment Group is $7,920 and includes bedside and hood graphics, Beadlock wheels, Harman Kardon speakers, panoramic sunroof, red interior accents, and an array of safety equipment.
Engine: The Ram 1500 TRX, powered by a Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter eight-cylinder, generates 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The Ram TRX is massive in size and quick on its feet. Although it weighs 6,447 pounds, it can race from zero-to-60-mph in 4.5 seconds and 12.9 seconds at 108 mph in a quarter-mile.
Since the Hellcat-powered vehicle can also be a safety hazard for inexperienced drivers, engineers took precautions and added a safety measure to limit horsepower. The Hellcat includes a valet mode that is with a four-digit PIN. It disables the driving mode, determines the rpm, and maintains stability control.
The Ram 1500 comes with a part-time 4×4 that splits torque between the front and rear axles. Locking differentials in the axles also help direct torque to wheels for more tractions. Full-wheel-drive is optional.
Configurations: The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, based on the 1500 Ram pickup, includes the Launch Edition package and the TRX Level 2 Equipment Group. The TRX is eight inches wider than the regular Ram 1500, with more off-road capabilities and an advanced suspension system.
Once stepping up into the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, you’re surrounded by superior quality luxury materials with all the latest technology, including a vertical 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a hallmark sign of Dodge and Ram trucks. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, and navigation. The multimedia display can operate multiple applications simultaneously.
Estimated Fuel: Recommended fuel in the Ram 1500 is either 87 or 89 octane. The EPA estimates for the TRX are ten mpg city and 14 mpg highway.
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