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2021 RAM 1500 TRX- Release Date, Price, Interiors, Specs, 0-60, Towing Capacity

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October 29, 2020 at 02:58 PM

With a 702 hp supercharged motor and a beefed-up suspension, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is a direct Ford F-150 Raptor rival. Carrying forward the Rebel TRX concept design, the 3-ton pickup truck gets a long list of mechanical and cosmetic upgrades to allow it to dash from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and challenge the dunes with the utmost ease. With the release date set in the late-2020, 2021 RAM TRX has a base price of MSRP $69,995 and is available in a crew cab/short bed body style along with a new exclusive limited-edition model.

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Let’s quickly hit some of the headline numbers. The all-new RAM 1500 TRX is powered by a 702 hp 6.2L supercharged V8, which is enough to thrust the 1500 TRX forward from 0-60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. Moreover, it also gets 35-inch off-road tires and a massive 11.8 inches of ground clearance. With the release date set for the End of 2020. prices for the TRX start at an MSRP of $69,995. The RAM 1500 pickup also gets a $90,265 TRX Limited Edition model. Both the petrol-heads and true off-road gearheads waiting for the hellcat-powered 2021 RAM 1500 TRX have finally found solace in RAM's fastest, quickest, and most powerful mass-produced truck. 


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FCA's supercharged Hellcat engine is everywhere, from the Dodge Challenger to the Dodge Durango to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was time that the RAM 1500 full-size pickup truck get the Hellcat treatment in the form of the new TRX. Based on the 2016 Rebel TRX concept, the production-spec 1500 TRX will be only available with a Crew Cab body with a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 lbs. The supercharged  6.2L V8 engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

2021 RAM 1500 TRX

Model Specs

MSRP $69,995
Release Date End of 2020
Engine 6.2L Supercharged V8
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain 4WD
Colors 7 colors available- Diamond Black Crystal Pearl/ Granite Crystal Metallic/ Billet Silver Metallic/ Anvil Clear Coat/ Hydro Blue Pearl/ Flame Red/ Bright White
Changes
  • A completely new model for 2021

Nevertheless, it isn't just a revised old Ram SRT-10, also known as the Viper truck. Why? the 2021 1500 TRX has launch control, paddle shifters, a sport mode, and a new Baja mode that makes this pickup a mean off-roading champ which conquers dunes. Along with this, the 1500 RAM TRX houses a suspension that can stretch up to 13-inches of travel. With its segment-shattering performance figures, the 1500 TRX has also come up with a special edition - limited Launch Edition. So is it worthy enough to go up against some of the seasoned players in the game such as the Ford F-150 Raptor, and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2?

What are the Trims and Pricing structure of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX?

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will start at an MSRP of $69,995, plus a $1,695 destination charge. TRX buyers get more power and better tech, but will certainly have to pay for the privilege. Ram will also offer a 702-unit limited run of the TRX Launch Edition that comes at a staggering $90,315 plus destination. The range-topper comes fully loaded with Beadlock-capable wheels, Harman Kardon 19-speaker audio, a panoramic roof, and unique Anvil Gray paint. 

Models

RAM 1500 TRX Base

RAM 1500 TRX Launch Edition
MSRP $69,995 $90,315
Key Features 35-inch all-terrain tires Carbon Fiber interior trim
  12-inch screen with real-time access to performance data Head-Up Display
  Bilstein adaptive dampers 19-speaker Harmon Kardon premium surround sound system
  Integrated electronic Trailer Reverse Steer Control Bodyside graphics
  Integrated Trailer brake control Dual-pane panoramic sunroof

The Ford F-150 Raptor starts above $53,000 for a SuperCab model, but a SuperCrew that more directly competes with the TRX starts at $56,000, including destination. The TRX costs way above the competition but that's what 702 hp demands. Nevertheless, even for such a price tag, it is certainly a value-based proportion. Moreover, that's not all, the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX also comes with various other package options such as-

  • TRX Level 1 Equipment Group- $3,420
  • TRX Level 2 Equipment Group- $7,920
  • Carbon-Fiber Package- $1,295
  • technology Group- $1,095
  • Advanced Safety Group- $995
  • Bed Utility Group- $845
  • Trailer Tow Group - $395

How does the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX fare on the Engine and Performance front?

Under the hood of 2021 TRX is a familiar 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, shared with FCA vehicles with a "Hellcat" badge. In the Ram, it makes a monstrous 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, good enough to unladen 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. The engine is hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission lifted from Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and a 2-speed transfer case. The engine certainly powers a pickup with superlative performance figures. Ram says the 2021 TRX is the fastest pickup truck in the segment that can run a quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds.

The TRX hit a top speed of 118 MPH that's limited only by the 365/65R18 T-rated tires, unlike the other 1500s which comes with S-rated Tire. Just 118 mph? You ask. But the SRT-10 did 154 mph as the truck competed against the Ford F-150 Lightning of that time. However, both were rear-wheel-drive trucks incapable of venturing an inch off-road, of which the new TRX is a master. Compared to the 707 hp Dodge Challenger and Charger, the TRX's Hemi V8 engine takes a small dent due to a higher intake which grants the pickup a 32-inch water-fording tolerance. The RAM Engineers have used a deeper oil sump and the exhaust manifold. 

Models

2021 RAM 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab Raptor 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

MSRP

$69,995 

$53,455 

$42,795 

Engine

6.2-liter supercharged V-8

3.5L Twin-Turbo Regular V6

3.6L gas V-6 engine

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD

Power

702-hp

450 hp @ 5,000 RPM

308 hp @ 3400 RPM

Torque

650-lb-ft

510 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX hasn’t been rated by the EPA for fuel economy rating yet. We’d expect a fuel economy rating of 12 miles per gallon city, 14 mpg highway, and 12 mpg combined, considering the 2020 Ram 1500 Hemi and the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as reference points.

How fast is the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX from 0-60 MPH?

A blistering 4.5 seconds is all that it takes for the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX to sprint from 0-60 MPH, all thanks to its segment-best 702 hp 6.2L Supercharged V8. The 8-Speed High-Torque Capacity automatic transmission delivers slick-smooth shifts for high-performance driving dynamics, be it in the city or crunching miles out on the highway. Moreover, the 2021 1500 TRX takes just about 12.9 seconds to cross the quarter-mile mark all the while achieving a top speed of 118 MPH.

The TRX has certainly set the benchmark for the pick-up trucks with its 4.5 seconds time, which very well paves into the sports-car category times. Nevertheless, despite these figures, the Hellcat-powered 1500 TRX was meant for uncharted roads, and it does prove out to be quite good in that aspect if we might dare to say.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab Raptor 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

0-60 MPH

4.5 secs

5.5 secs

7.0 secs

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

13.8 sec

14.7 secs

Top Speed 

118 mph

107 MPH

135 MPH

As it is evident from the table above, none of the 2 competitors even come close to matching the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX in terms of acceleration times. Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, with its 3.6L engine, turns out to be the slowest of the lot with a 7 seconds 0-60 MPH time, although has a greater top-speed nevertheless.


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What MPG figures are delivered by the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX?

Now as suspected, the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX is a massive fuel guzzler, all thanks to the 6.2L Supercharged V8. The 2021 1500 TRX unlike the regular 1500 delivers 10 MPG in the city and about 14 miles to the gallon out on the highway. These are less than average figures for this segment. The various driving modes or the massive 33-gallon fuel tank are not able to provide adequate respite, especially when on long weekend rides, as sooner or later the 1500 TRX might have to stop over at a gas station. In comparison, the regular RAM 1500 Crew Cab, having retained the 3.6L V6 offers a much better combined 22 MPG.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab Raptor 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

MPG (City) 10 15 16
MPG (Highway) 14 18 18
MPG (Combined) 12 16 17
Tank Capacity (gallons) 33 26 21

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, with its combined 17 MPG, is the most fuel-efficient pickup truck of this lot, although its smaller 21-gallon fuel tank lets it down massively while on long weekend getaways. Moreover, with a combined 16 MPG and 26-gallon fuel tank, the 2021 Ford F-150 raptor Supercab takes the mantle this time around.

What are the Specs for the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX?

RAM specs the TRX with a 23.6 inches tall rear spring —the tallest ever fitted to a full-size pickup—and nitrogen-charged Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive dampers are fitted for better ride control. The TRX is based on the 1500 frame while the changes include increased metal gauge thickness to support a 700-pound increase in gross vehicle weight rating to 7,800 pounds. 

The all-new coil suspension rides 2.0 inches higher to provide 11.8 inches of ground clearance, with fully revised forged aluminum front lower and high-strength steel upper control arms that boost track width by 6.0 inches, provide 13.0 inches of total front wheel travel, and move the front axle 0.5 inches forward. The relevant off-road geometry specs are as follows: 30.2-degree approach, 21.9-degree break over, and 23.5-degree departure angles.

A 6.0-inch-wider track provides more stability at high speeds, with composite fenders increasing overall width by 8.0 inches relative to the RAM 1500. A 0.8-inch-longer wheelbase makes more room for massive 325/65R18 tires that measure 35 inches tall. The exclusive tires on the Ram TRX - Goodyear Wrangler Territory rubber offers exceptional performance in wet, dusty, and muddy terrain. These 13-inch-wide tires must also allow plenty of floatation in sand and snow, helping the TRX stay on top of the dust rather than sunken into it.

Is the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX a straight-line performer or a capable Off-Roading pickup?

The 2021 RAM TRX is both, a fast pickup that takes on the rough terrain with ease. The standard, vertically oriented programmable 12.0-inch Uconnect 4C screen combines the Rebel's off-road pages with SRT's performance-page screens. To activate, quickly press the TRX button on the dash beside the rotary shifter knob along with drive mode switches (Sport, Tow, Snow, Auto, Custom, Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja). The 2021 TRX is equipped with a Launch Control button, and hill-descent and traction control, 4WD modes (Auto, Low, High, and Neutral), and a manual locker for the Dana 60 rear axle.

The new Baja mode in the TRX calibrates four-wheel-drive and steering, stability control, and suspension for ultimate desert performance. The standard Jump-detection technology prevents the engine from freewheeling to damaging speeds when all wheels leave the ground. For driving engagement, the eight-speed automatic can be manually controlled via new console-mounted shifter or the wonderful cast-aluminum steering-wheel-mounted paddles. And to complement all that power and torque on-road or off, Ram fits 15.0-inch front rotors with two-piston monobloc calipers upfront while the base RAM 1500s use 14.9-inch rotors and two-piston sliding calipers.

The 2021 RAM TRX is a pro-off-roading pickup, taming the Raptor with new and innovative tech and functional features. To cope with potential off-road dust and dirt, RAM's intake features upper hood scoop and lower grille air intake. RAM claims that, at 13.3 square feet of unfolded filter surface area, it offers four times the Raptor's dust-trapping capability. The truck's 32-inch wading depth is courtesy of high mounted alternator. 

What about the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX Towing and Payload Capacity?

Typically, appending substantial amounts of off-road kit and equipment to a truck generally trades-off with its ability to tow and haul. RAM has kept this effect to a minimum, the 1500 TRX has a maximum towing capacity of 8100 pounds, 100 pounds more than the F-150 Raptor but 1500 pounds behind the Colorado ZR2. The TRX's payload capacity is rated up to 1310 pounds, 120 pounds more than the Ford but more than 400 pounds less than Chevy. Notably, Colorado isn't exactly an off-roader. 

Models

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab Raptor 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Towing Capacity 

8100 lbs

8000 lbs

9600 lbs

Payload Capacity 

1,310 lbs.

1200 lbs.

1750 lbs.

Although the TRX can't tow as much as some Ram models that are rated up to 12,750 pounds, it can still pull a substantial amount. The debut of Ram’s Trailer Reverse Steer Control is a perfect reply to Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Another innovation is the 360-degree camera system that can overlay dynamic tire lines indicating where the front wheels will pass when looking forward, a trick pioneered by Jeep for hard-core, low-speed off-roading.

How does the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX fare on the Interior front?

RAM improves upon the TRX interior as compared to its basic 1500 siblings by adding abundant contrast-color stitching, several different trim and option packages, and a console-mounted shifter that replaces the rotary dryer dial. The Ram TRX’s sporting intentions borrows major upgrades from the Ram Limited series. For 2021, like the other SRT-enhanced models, all TRXs get a flat-bottom steering wheel with thumb-rests, a red start/stop button, unique instrument graphics, a rubber "Easter egg" console liner, an aluminum plate engraved with the VIN, and high-bolster SRT-style seats boasting an extra inch of lateral support.

The base TR Equipment Group picks up where the Ram 1500 Rebel leaves off, with cloth and vinyl seating with dark red accents. A TR1 package upgrades this to Natura leather and suede, covering the dash, console, and door tops. Heated front and rear seats as well as the wheel along with metallic pedals are welcome. It also offers an optional 19-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system and MOLLE straps for the front seatbacks that various gear can attach to.

Models

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab Raptor 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Seating Capacity

5

5

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.9/66.0/40.9

40.8/66.7/43.9

41.4/57.5/45

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/65.7/45.2

40.3/65.8/33.5

36.7/57.3/28.6

TR2 adds front-seat ventilation, a suede-wrapped steering wheel, and Ram's fanciest reclining rear seats. This package can be further enhanced with a programmable 10.1-inch head-up display, matte carbon-fiber interior trim, a wireless device charger, and an accent color package with red stripes on the seat bolsters. There's also a new 9.2-inch digital LCD rearview mirror. One benefit to the enormous size of TRX trucks is that there's plentiful interior space, comparable to full-size sedan levels of legroom with equally impressive headroom to match.

How does the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX fare on the exterior front?

The all-new 2021 Ram TRX has an aggressive and wide stance with a muscular body to elevate its functional performance. Ram's "hourglass" body design makes an impactful visual statement with those flared fenders, composite in front, and steel in back. The wide TRX requires clearance lights, just like the Raptor. They are mounted inside Ram's functional hood scoop and on the edges of the bumper. The secondary functional design elements include air curtain just outboard of the headlamps, relieving high-pressure zones at the front corners, and allowing air to pass through the fenders.

All-black premium LED headlamps, including Automatically steering twin bi-functional projector headlamps, are standard as are four oversized tow hooks. The new high-flow grille features open RAM lettering, and the steel bumper and skid plate are unique to TRX. So are the inch-wider 18.0 x 9.0-inch wheels that offer a bead-lock option, unlike the Ram 1500 lineup which features a wheel that is 8 inches wide. TRX Buyers can further customize their pickup with rock-rail steps or full steps, graphics, auxiliary light racks, and bed-spare mounts.

Models

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab Raptor 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Curb Weight(lbs) 

6,350 

5525 

3986 

Length (in)

232.9

220.0

212.7

Width (in)

88

86.3

74.3

Height (in)

80.9

78.5

72.2

Ground Clearance (in)

11.8

11.5

8.4

Wheelbase (in)

145.1

134.2

128.5

Ram only offers the 1500 TRX in its larger Crew Cab body style. Compared to the regular Ram 1500 dimensions, the Ram 1500 TRX is 8 inches wider and its front axle has been moved up 0.8 inches to accommodate the beefy Goodyear Wrangler Territory 35-inch tires that can be mounted on optional Beadlock-capable wheels. Dimensionally, the TRX is huge, just like its biggest rival, Raptor. Because of pickup's sheer size, parking spots are not exactly its friend but a good thing, the desert is all about wide-open spaces.

What are the various safety features on offer with the new 2021 RAM 1500 TRX?

The 2021 TRX hasn't been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Although, with the regular 1500 getting a full-on 5 on 5 stars from the NHTSA, we can expect the 2021 1500 TRX to fare the same. RAM does equip its most powerful pickup with a long list of available driver-assistance technology, more than 100 features per se. Not only this but the TRX includes functions that help make hooking up a trailer easier.

Ram does not just fill the TRX up with the latest tech features, but also with the latest and greatest active and passive tech one could hope for in a truck of its caliber. Safety was by far one of the foremost criteria for RAM to ace. Standard features include ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic gridlines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation, and six standard airbags. Available features include Blind-spot Monitoring, adaptive cruise control, Ready Alert Braking, and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus.

What is its release date and does the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX have a special edition model?

With RAM having unveiled the 2021 TRX 1500 in the month of August, we can expect to see this pickup truck across dealerships in the US sometime around the fourth quarter of 2020. The Special Edition is called the Launch Edition. Only 702 examples of the 2021 TRX Launch Edition will be built for customers who want something special, even above the TRX's already loaded features.

Distinguishing the 2021 Ram TRX Launch Edition is an exclusive Anvil Gray exterior. Inside, every TRX Launch Edition pickup truck features a unique red and brushed-aluminum center console badge. The standard TRX Level 2 trim package on the special edition TRX adds carbon-fiber interior trim, a color accent package, a head-up display, Beadlock-capable wheels, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and bodyside graphics.


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2021 RAM 1500 TRX FAQs

Is the RAM 1500 TRX Supercharged?

It certainly does come with a Supercharged engine. To be more precise, a 702 hp, 6.2 L Supercharged HEMI V8 Engine, thus making it the most powerful and fastest truck in the world by far.

When can I buy the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX?

With the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX being unveiled this month, we can expect it to reach dealerships across the US sometime around the fourth quarter of 2020, for an alarming starting price of $69,999.

Is the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX a good truck?

Yes, the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX  is certainly among the segment leaders in the category of trucks, maybe even the best that has graced us after a long time that is. It is the most powerful pickup truck out there, and it certainly has impressive ride quality and even better MPG figures to back it up. Plus it's towing and payload capabilities cannot certainly be matched by any other truck out there.

Is there a Special Edition model of the RAM 1500 TRX?

For customers who want to go that extra mile in terms of customization feature options, there is a RAM 1500 Launch Edition, which is loaded with features up to the brim, of which only 702 units are made.

What other pickup trucks are comparable to the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX?

To sell it to you straight, there are no trucks that can even come closer to the pure appealing nature of that of the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX. It is by far the most powerful in the segment. It goes up against the Ford F-150 SuperCab Raptor, and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

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