Ram started production on the 1500 TRX, its blisteringly quick 702-horsepower answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

  • Ram has started production on its 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, a ridiculously powerful off-road pickup that the company hopes will take on the Ford Raptor. 
  • The TRX sports a 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 that puts out a wholly unnecessary 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. 
  • According to Ram, it can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is blisteringly quick for a hulking, gas-powered truck. 
  • The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will start at $69,995, while the 702-unit launch edition is priced at $90,315. 
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For years, Ram’s had the idea for a Ford Raptor-beating, desert-thrashing, high-performance pickup in the works – and now it’s finally arrived. 

After unveiling the truck in August, Ram on Thursday announced it’s started production on the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, a completely over-the-top truck with 702 horsepower, 650 pound-feet of torque, and a 0-to-60 time of 4.5 seconds.

You read that right – Ram says this massive pickup will sprint to 60 mph as quickly as some purpose-built sports cars. All that oomph comes from the 6.2-liter supercharged Dodge Hellcat engine Ram stuffed under the hood.

But make no mistake: Ram did a lot more than just Hellcat-ify a run-of-the-mill 1500 pickup. The company transformed the truck into a desert-ready beast by building a stronger frame, revamping its suspension, giving it a wider stance, and lifting it by two inches. 

Keep scrolling to learn more about the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Ram started production on its long-awaited competitor to the Ford Raptor, which the company calls the “quickest, fastest, and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world.”

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

To build the truck – dubbed the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX – Ram took its 1500 pickup and crammed in a supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 that it says is good for 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

That combination sends the full-size pickup from 0 to 60 mph in a ludicrous 4.5 seconds, the company said.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The TRX hits 100 mph in a frightening 10.5 seconds and smashes the quarter mile in just 12.9.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The all-around-absurd truck also is capable of a top speed of 118 mph, Ram says.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The TRX’s hood scoop is actually functional and accounts for roughly half the air fed to the truck’s monstrous engine.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The Ram badge up front is also hollowed out to help with airflow.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

But the company didn’t just plop a 702-horsepower engine into the 1500 and call it a day. Ram gave the 1500 numerous upgrades to make it a better performer in harsh, off-road conditions.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

For starters, the TRX sits on a new frame made from high-strength steel …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

… and is eight inches wider than the standard 1500.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

It rides on an overhauled suspension …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

… that allows for 13 inches of wheel travel at all four corners, a 40% increase over other 1500 models.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The TRX rides two inches higher than than 1500, giving it 11.8 inches of ground clearance.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

It can also ford up to 32 inches of water …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

… and comes with knobby, 35-inch tires.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Built for high-speed off-roading, the TRX sports a “Baja” mode that calibrates four-wheel-drive and steering systems, suspension, and stability control for “ultimate desert performance.”

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Let’s face it, most TRX buyers – like most Raptor owners – are not going to tear across the desert at high speeds.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

But the TRX can be practical, too, offering a 1,310-pound payload capacity and 8,100-pound towing capacity.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Inside, the TRX gets plenty of bells and whistles like a heads-up display, a 12-inch touchscreen, and a wireless charging dock.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Plus, there’s an option for a leather and suede interior with carbon-fiber and red trim.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The Ram 1500 TRX starts at $69,995, while the 702-unit launch edition comes in at $90,315.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

We’ll have to wait and see whether the TRX proves to be the Raptor-crushing “apex predator” Ram hopes it will be.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

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