Ram debuts the 1500 TRX, its answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor. Billed as an “apex predator,” Ram claims the new model is the “quickest, fastest, and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world…”
The long-awaited Ram 1500 TRX made its debut on Monday, the brand’s answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor. For the first time since the Raptor’s debut a decade ago, it has a serious challenger, one that Ram calls the “apex predator,” in an obvious rub against Ford’s vaunted truck. The new truck debuts this fall and comes with the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine powering various Dodge Hellcat models.
Ram’s debut was held online, yet another concession to the COVID-19 pandemic that’s turned the world upside down this year. Nevertheless, manufacturers are moving ahead with new and specialty models, realizing that the pandemic will eventually end and customers will continue to crave what’s offered.
The TRX’s engine is rated 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine powering the Raptor delivers 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Ram utilizes an 8-speed automatic transmission to route power to the wheels and that’s the same one found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Raptor has a 10-speed automatic.
Ram claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and 0-100 mph in 10.5 seconds. The current Raptor has a 5.1-second 0-60 mph time. We may see some improvement for the Ford when the all-new 2021 F-150 debuts this fall. That said, the Raptor typically doesn’t arrive until months after a new F-150 debuts.
Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition
Ram says the TRX will cost $70,000 plus a $1,690 destination charge. With various upgrades and add-ons included, we’re likely to see some versions top $100,000, an almost unimaginable amount for a pickup truck. Likely, the limited Launch Edition model (702 compies) will set the pace with its special paint scheme, unique red and brushed-aluminum center console badge identifying it as a special, limited-edition TRX model, and a 19-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, among other features. The Launch Edition arrives this fall.
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