Welcome to preeminence as the beastly 2021 TRX elevates RAM’s “on and off-road” prowess to heightened levels with its 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V8 engine that delivers an astonishing 702-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The apex predator of the truck world merges the authoritative HEMI with a high-torque-capacity TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission to generate top performance: 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph. So, get to know the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX, the world’s fastest and most powerful mass-produced pickup truck.
Amazingly, the TRX benefits from up to 32” of water fording (alternator and air intake are high mounted), up to 8,100 pounds of towing, and a maximum payload capacity of 1,310 pounds. The wide stance pickup rolls on specifically engineered and aggressive 35” Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain 325/65/R18 tires surrounding 18” Beadlock-ready rims. Starting at $69,000 with a $1,695 destination charge, the Crew Cab and 5’7″ Box comes in a set of two-tone hues, including the fiery Flame Red, which is what I would select 100%. However, I wish RAM came harder with the naming convention since TRX reminds me of the suspension training fitness company.
Built off of the 1500 line — but 8” wider due to the integrated composite fender flares — think of the TRX as a marriage between the rowdy RAM Rebel and the sophisticated Limited model. The indomitable Super truck looks tough and seemingly drives with hard-hitting capabilities. Built from a new high-strength steel frame, some of its features include SRT Drive Modes, resilient 2.5” Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks, 15” brake rotors, skid plates and steel bumpers, 11.8” of ground clearance (2” increase over RAM 1500), a durable Dana 60 solid rear axle with a 3.55 ratio, outsized front and rear tow hooks, 13” front and 14” rear suspension travel, and integrated 5” dual exhaust ports.
The HEMI V8 receives 50% of its fresh breaths from the functional hood scoop and the remainder through the menacing black grille. So, you know this vehicle lets out heat once the accelerator pedal is mashed. Hence the reason why Launch Control is standard to manage tire slip while launching the truck as if it’s a Challenger Hellcat. Performance-tuned software allows the owner to engage Dynamic drive modes using five pre-configured and distinct dynamic modes – Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow, and Custom – for even more capability.
Inside the pristine cabin, the RAM TRX is akin to luxury performance as opposed to raw ruggedness. The truck’s demeanor points to its seriousness with authentic quality materials, hues, and textures. These include hand-wrapped leather instrument panels, a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters, a red starter button, available carbon-fiber package, substantial seat bolstering, and a choice of three interiors such as the premium wrapped leather and suede selection with available red and carbon fiber accents.
Some of the technical functionalities of the interior include the 12” 4C NAV Uconnect touchscreen (Drive Modes and Off-Road Pages), a 900-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a traditional shifter to replace the quirky rotary shifter, wireless charging, five USBs, Head-up Display showing five different content areas, and a digital rearview mirror comprising a 9.2” wide LCD monitor that displays real-time video. Separately, the Ram TRX features three dynamic off-road modes – Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja.
As expected, Mopar will offer more than 100 factory-engineered parts and accessories for the 2021 Ram TRX, including off-road rock rails, the RamBar, off-road lights, Beadlock-capable wheel rings, and a bed-mounted spare-tire carrier to name a few.
It’s fast, pompous, and aggressive. An approach angle of 30.2 degrees, breakover angle of 21.9 degrees, departure angle of 23.5 degrees, and a ground clearance of 11.8” allow the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX to go anywhere anytime. I’m certainly looking forward to hours behind the wheel out in the wild.