2021 RAM 1500 TRX Crew Cab Performance

MSRP $35,025 - $42,645

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2021 RAM 1500 TRX Crew Cab Performance, 0-60, Top Speed And MPG

Updated on: April 30, 2021

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For the year 2021, Ram has launched an all-new full-size light-duty pickup for sale to put the Ford F-150 Raptor to shame. Based on the Ram 1500 Rebel, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is a whole different breed. Take for example its 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 engine, which is the same unit as seen on the also new 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, just at $70,095.

But in the 2021 1500 TRX, that same motor makes about 8 hp less while torque is up by 5 lb-ft. This allows the 2021 TRX to tow a maximum of 8100 pounds and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds when fully prepped. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has been priced at an MSRP of $70,095, gets 4x4 as standard, and will be offered only in Crew Cab Short Bed (5'7") box configuration.

"The battle for the best high-performance pickup truck just got interesting now that the 702-horsepower Ram 1500 TRX has entered the arena." - Car And Driver

2021 RAM 1500 TRX Crew Cab Engine: Power, Torque, and Transmission Options

Under the scoped hood of the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX sits a 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 with a supercharger that is capable of producing 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission made by ZF sends this power to all four wheels. The claimed 0 to 60 mph time is 3.7 seconds which is blisteringly fast.

It also has an electronic locking differential to make sure that it handles well while remaining capable in situations where you don’t find a lot of traction. The four-wheel-drive system does not let you send power to the rear wheels alone and only has three settings - 4WD High, 4WD Low, and 4WD Auto - although we feel this could be due to just how much power you are trying to put down.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

MSRP

$70,095

$61,450

$57,400

Engine

6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V8

5.0L V8

5.3L V8

Drivetrain

4WD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp@RPM)

702 hp @ 6100 RPM

400 hp @ 5,000 RPM

355 hp @ 5600 RPM

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

650 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

410 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

383 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

As it is made clear from the performance figures, the Ram 1500 TRX is without a competitor due to just how ridiculously powerful it is. It is true that the 400 hp Ford F-150 is a truck that has been around for a while but the new kid on the block promises much more. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is hardly even competitive because it has half the power of the RAM 1500 TRX.


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2021 RAM 1500 TRX Crew Cab Acceleration: 0-60 MPH and Quarter Mile Times, and Top Speed

The truck comes with launch control which was tested and found that the truck was launched to 60 mph from a standing start in just 3.7 seconds and went past the quarter-mile mark in just 12.3 seconds at 110 mph. RAM claims that time to be 4.5 seconds and 12.9 seconds respectively.

The 5.5 seconds 0-60 mph sprint of the Ford F-150 was a thing to behold when it was released several years ago. But now it is nothing due to just how much faster the launch control equipped RAM 1500 TRX is. We just can’t stop talking about it because it totally blows the competition out of the water. At about 6400 lbs, 1500 TRX is no light truck.

Models

2021 RAM 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.7 sec

5.5 sec

NA

Quarter Mile (seconds)

12.9 sec

13.8 sec

NA

Top Speed (MPH)

118 mph

107 MPH

NA

However, its abundance of power never lets you feel that weight when accelerating. The top speed is not limited by power but by the tires, which is understandable for something that weighs more than 6300 lbs. But performance comes at the cost of very expensive fuel bills as the RAM 1500 TRX returns the least fuel-efficient figures out of its competition at 12 mpg combined.

2021 RAM 1500 TRX Crew Cab Braking: F/R Rotor Dimensions and Stopping Distance

The RAM 1500 TRX has 35-inch all-terrain tires with a 325mm section width and 18-inch wheels. The brakes are massive but the prohibitive weight of the truck makes them susceptible to brake fade. If you compare it to anything else in its class this is still only an acceptable flaw.

But RAM clearly put a lot of thought before coming up with such an anomaly. So, the truck has dual piston monoblock calipers and sophisticated control systems for the brakes that make it very capable both on the road and off it. The brake rotors on this RAM are astronomically huge.

Models

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

Brake Rotors: Front (in)

14.8

13.8

12.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (in)

14.9

13.2

12.75

Curb Weight (lbs)

6396

5525

3986

60-0 MPH

NA

NA

124 ft

It is only understandable that a truck this heavy has to use brakes that are this big without having a lot of gains in the braking department. We expect the RAM to only have almost the same braking performance as its rivals despite having a better braking system.

Just make sure you're good at staying in your lane, because the TRX is roughly the size of the lane, so there's not a lot of space for deviation. -CNET.Com

2021 RAM 1500 TRX Crew Cab Ride and Handling

Despite its large size and weight, the Ram 1500 TRX is rather easy to drive. It is well mannered both on and off the road. Steering effort is reported to be very reassuring and the suspension, despite its long travel, does not make the car wobbly. It has huge suspension travel, namely, 13 inches in the front, and 14 inches in the rear.

The ground clearance is 8 inches, and the truck has remote reservoir Bilstein shocks that have dual electronic proportional valves. The dampers were exclusively developed for the TRX. It also features the world’s largest springs on a production car ever. All this goes on to ensure that the truck is insanely capable both on the road and off it.

2021 RAM 1500 TRX Crew Cab Towing and Payload Capacity

Although test figures suggest that the RAM is not always capable of hauling the same amount of cargo as advertised due to exceeding the gross vehicle weight rating, many tests have recorded it carrying about 934 lbs in payload and about 8000 lbs towing.

Models

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

Towing Capacity (lbs)

8,100 lbs

5,100 lbs

9100 lbs

Payload Capacity (lbs)

1,404 lbs.

2,238 lbs

2060 lbs

The frame has been strengthened and is said to be unique when compared to the standard Ram 1500. It is because of this, the 2021 TRX is able to offer class-leading capabilities. Sure, the in-cabin carriage is not as great as the Ford F-150 platinum 2238 lbs payload capacity but is above average.

2021 RAM 1500 TRX Crew Cab Performance Verdict

RAM is finally delivering its answer to what Ford started as the performance pickup truck segment with its Ford F-150 Raptor. We haven’t forgotten the SRT10 but that truck was barely capable anywhere other than on the dragstrip. The 1500 TRX is anything but that. But once you take it in that it has taken Ram 10 years of research and development to get this far, you’ll understand how serious the development process for this truck was.


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