Ram will be changing the winning formula for the next iteration of the Ram 1500 TRX, due for the 2025 model year. In 2024, we will see the end of production for the 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V8 version of the epic supertruck. Following its disappearance, fans will say farewell to the 702 horsepower TRX and greet a version that features the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter Hurricane Inline six engine that can quickly generate around 550 horsepower and over 500 lb-ft of torque. You don’t have to be a mathematician to see that that’s a huge downgrade, though it is still more than the standard F-150 Raptor, which comes in at 450 horsepower from an EcoBoost 3.5L V6.
So while the next-gen TRX will no doubt be an incredibly capable, imposing and and powerful truck, there’s no getting around the angry kazoo noises. But hey, it seems to be working fine for its rival automaker 30 minutes away.
Hurricane I-6 2025 Ram 1500 TRX: Details
Speaking of the Ford F-150 Raptor, a recent sighting of a prototype of the upcoming Ram 1500 TRX by CarSpyMedia featuring the Hurricane I-6 engine offers a taste of what the exhaust on the truck sounds like, and it’s missing that supercharged Hemi V8 note we have all come to love and admire. In fact, it sounds an awful lot like the F-150 Raptor now. On that note, supercharged truck fans won’t entirely be misplaced with this shift, and Ford will continue to offer the six-figure F-150 Raptor R, which has a 700 pony supercharged 5.2L V8 engine, and the Blue Oval has even announced plans to boost that power in the future.
Though it doesn’t appear to be a present sound in the video as the test mule Ram 1500 TRX accelerates down a stretch of road, we suspect that Ram may have something altogether different in mind to keep the Ram TRX’s title as king of the super trucks: batteries. Former Ram CEO Mike Koval once mentioned to MC&T that electrification for a performance truck such as the TRX “does not have to be a limiter.” This could indicate that the next Ram TRX will incorporate hybrid power to increase the numbers to the 700+ HP territory while maintaining decent fuel economy and compliant emissions. Lest Stellantis incur a nine- or even ten-figure fine.
Compliant emissions are the only factor at play resulting in this massive change to the TRX, as it should be clear that people aren’t buying the Ram TRX for fuel efficiency, and they never will. It’s the power, the capability, and the chance to look performance car owners in the eye and confidently outpace them on the pavement, then take a day jumping over dunes or escaping a mud-bogged event in Nevada while pulling a trailer.