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Will It Still Produce Over 700 HP?

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition Hellcat Pickup Truck HURRICANE TURBO SIX
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Though none of us are excited to see the 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V8 engine leave the stage, it appears it’s happening faster than any of us wanted. With its removal from Dodge muscle cars after this model year, along with Jeep quietly removing it from being an option for the Cherokee, it’s believed that it’ll also happen to the Ram 1500 family at some point, and that apparently includes the 702 horsepower TRX, which currently enjoys the ferocity and superior soundtrack of a 6.2L supercharged V8, which Dodge Charger and Challenger fans also know as the Hellcat.

Ram 1500 TRX Hurricane Engine: Details

Stellantis Hurricane I6 Twin Turbo Engine Dodge Jeep Ram Hemi V8 Replacement
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According to Mopar Insiders, Ram engineers are actively running several Ram 1500 TRX trucks equipped with the high-output variant of the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter Hurricane engine. This engine version can quickly generate around 550 horsepower and over 500 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the engine is expected to be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission from ZF to ensure efficient power delivery, similar to the current TRX and Grand Wagoneer models. But it doesn’t take much math to realize that 550 hp is much less than the 702 hp that the current TRX delivers on. But it’s more than the standard F-150 Raptor, which comes in at 450 hp from an EcoBoost 3.5L V6.

Considering that Ford also offers the six-figure F-150 Raptor R, which has a 700 hp supercharged 5.2L V8 engine, Stellantis could be mulling a strategy shift with the next-gen Ram TRX. We could see a standard TRX with a Hurricane TTI6 at 500 hp or so, and then supercharged Hellcat V8 variation for a significant premium.

With that said, there could be batteries involved. The Ram 1500 lineup will offer an electric variant in the form of the REV, which aims to debut for the 2025 model year. In addition, 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.” It’s not exactly clear what those words mean, but it could mean the added assistance of battery power to bring the next-gen TRX to 700+ hp territory, while maintaining decent enough fuel economy numbers, and compliant emissions.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Hellcat pickup truck
Image copyright Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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