2024 marks the end of the production of the legendary Hemi V8 engine under the hood of the Ram 1500 TRX. Thanks to politicians pushing to regulate emissions, we’ll see an end to the legendary 702 horsepower full-size truck this year through the guise of the Final Edition announced over a month ago. Meanwhile, despite regulations pushing Stellantis to delete the epic supercharged V8 engine, Ford is working to bump up the power on the Ford F-150 Raptor R. As for the Ram 1500 TRX, it’s now expected for the next generation, but not with the legendary Hemi V8. What does this mean? Likely that it will feature a hybridized Hurricane inline six engine that exceeds 700 horsepower, or comes darn close to doing so.
2025 Ram 1500 TRX: Spy Photos Surface Of Next-Gen Super Truck
Road & Track photographers recently spotted an updated Ram 1500 pickup truck with camouflage hiding the front and rear. Naturally, the camo doesn’t hide the off-road nature of the full-size truck, which wears a set of Goodyear off-road tires. Additionally, the fenders on the truck are the same broader set found on the current TRX, which is some eight inches wider than the standard truck. This helps us know that this prototype is, in fact, an updated Ram 1500 TRX, though we’re confident that the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 isn’t under the hood of this test mule. Instead, it’s more likely that it has the High Output Hurricane I6 engine that produces 510 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. A far cry from the 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque that has captured the hearts of fans across the globe.
Ram could modify the straight six to boost the power numbers even more, but whether it’ll be enough to compete with the upcoming refreshed Ford F-150 Raptor R, we don’t know. Sure, the Hurricane engine offers excellent performance with equally great fuel economy, but let’s face it: people aren’t buying the Ram TRX for fuel efficiency. Never will.
On that note, though, Ram may have something altogether different in mind to keep the Ram TRX’s title as king of the super trucks: batteries.
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, 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.” It’s unclear what that means, but the next iteration of the Ram TRX could incorporate hybrid power to bring power into the 700+ horsepower territory while maintaining decent fuel economy numbers and compliant emissions. Time will tell, but Ram has to pull something out of its magical hat to ensure customers don’t turn their attention away from the TRX and to the Ford F-150 Raptor R. Just don’t expect it to sound as good as before.