For years, the Blue Oval has reigned in the super truck market with the F-150 Raptor. Equipped with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 pushing out 450 PS with 691 Nm, Fox Racing dampers, longer suspension travel, and an intelligent terrain management system, the F-150 Raptor has all the makings of an “apex predator” in the pick-up truck world.
But the F-150 Raptor’s reign as king of the super trucks could be coming to an end. That’s because Ram recently released a beast of a truck that makes more power, is more capable, and is aimed squarely against Ford.
This is the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, and it looks mean as heck. With its blacked-out accents, huge 35-inch all-terrain tires, wider track, and uprated suspension and chassis, the TRX appears to have all the necessary upgrades to go take the F-150 Raptor off its throne. But what exactly powers this beast?
At the heart of the TRX is a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8. Derived from its Hellcat-powered brethren from Dodge, the TRX makes a staggering 711 PS along with a whopping 881 Nm of torque. It is then connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission that allows it to sprint from 0 - 97 km/h 4.5 seconds and hit the quarter-mile in only 12.9 seconds at 174 km/h.
For those that plan to tow stuff on the TRX 1500, Ram says it has a tow rating of 3,674 kg and it can carry nearly 600 kg of cargo. This makes it on par with the Ford F-150 Raptor which has almost the same figures.
But Ram just didn’t drop a Hellcat engine onto the 1500 TRX and called it a day. Engineers worked their magic in strengthening the pick-up’s frame by adding high-strength steel, as well as installing thicker rails. Ram claims that this gives the TRX better torsional rigidity and strength. This also translates to improved durability of the frame as Ram said it will be able to withstand repeated jumps and other off-road abuse.
It has an all-new suspension system that was specifically designed for the 1500 TRX. The independent front suspension makes use of an active damping system with high-strength aluminum components while the rear has a solid rear axle with full-floating hubs, axle-hop damper, and a five-link coil suspension. Providing the TRX improved handling and ride quality comes in the form of Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive dampers.
With the upgraded suspension and huge tires installed, the TRX has a generous ground clearance of 300mm. Meanwhile, the water wading capability of the TRX could be rated at around 800mm, making it more than capable of managing high waters.
Despite being built for off-roading, the TRX 1500 features a comfortable and high-tech interior. Lots of leather cover the cabin, which neat touches of aluminum and metal accents spruce up the interior further. Lesser variants of the TRX, however, can be specified with cloth and vinyl seats. Red contrast accents, meanwhile, provide the TRX with a sportier look and finish.
Helping the driver manage the terrain is done by a transfer case mode selector. It has several modes which include Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road, and Baja. There are other modes as well like for sand/rock, and even launch control for those quick sprints off the line.
Interested in getting your own Raptor Killer? The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is now available for ordering at Ram dealerships in the U.S. As to whether it comes to the Philippines, we'll have to wait and see.
With Ford yet to reveal its all-new F-150 Raptor, it looks like the Ram 1500 TRX is set to become the undisputed king of the super trucks… for now.