The automotive industry has finally produced a worthy answer to the off-road-obsessed Ford F-150 Raptor, with Fiat Chrysler pulling the wraps off of its new 2021 Ram TRX today.
We’ll avoid wasting any time here and get right down to the facts. The 2021 Ram TRX is powered by a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 engine that is good for 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. With standard four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, this mean-looking rig will hustle from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and complete the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph.
Underneath, the Ram TRX gets an all-new independent front suspension with Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks, forged aluminum upper and lower control arms as well as other “upgraded components to provide more performance and improved endurance,” Ram says. In the rear, the truck gets a model-exclusive five-link coil suspension system with Bilstein active dampers and large 600-millimeter springs, which are the largest ever applied to a non-commercial production vehicle. Despite being set up for off-roading, Ram says the coil springs “are more than up to the task of handling a maximum payload of 1,310 pounds and towing capability of 8,100 pounds.” The superior packaging of this rear suspension/axle setup also allows for greater wheel travel without reducing the cargo area in the bed.
All Ram TRX models will also come equipped with a BorgWarner 48-13 full-time active transfer case, which has a low range of 2.64:1 for rock crawling. Similar to the Raptor, though, the Ram TRX has mainly been engineered with high-speed off-road runs in mind. Ram says it will “race to 100 mph with ease,” whilst off-road drivers will have the largest brakes in the segment to rely on when they want to bring things to a halt. The front and rear rotors both measure in at 15 inches, while dual-piston calipers sit out front with single pistons in the rear. The truck rides on 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory All-Terrain tires and optional 18-inch beadlock-ready wheels.
Inside, the Ram TRX is tech-laden thanks to a huge 12-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen sitting front-and-center, along with a 7-inch TFT cluster display. The touchscreen features ‘Performance Pages’ with real-time performance information (0-60 mph timer, g-force meter, engine output etc.) along with dedicated ‘Off-Road Pages’ that provide information on ride height, transfer case position as well as body pitch and roll. The ‘Off-Road Pages’ information can also be accessed via the 7-inch instrument cluster display. Bolstered front seats, a flat-bottom SRT steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob and various SRT and TRX badges also adorn the cabin.
The 2021 Ram TRX will enter production at FCA’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Michigan shortly. The truck is expected to arrive at Ram dealers before year’s end with prices starting at $71,690 USD.
As it stands, General Motors does not currently have a direct rival to either the Ford F-150 Raptor or Ram Rebel TRX, though the upcoming Silverado ZRX looks to change that. Not much is known about the Silverado ZRX at this time, though we do know GM is racing the current Silverado 1500 in the Best in the Desert series as part of the model variant’s ongoing development. Rumors also point to the Silverado ZRX receiving a supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 engine.