FCA set out to redefine the off-roading truck segment with the all new Ram 1500 TRX, and has delivered a product with unrivaled levels of performance both on and off the pavement. Despite the new TRX borrowing it’s engine from the company’s muscle cars, Ram 1500 Senior Brand Manager Carl Lally warned us not to get our hopes up for a genuine muscle truck variant of the Ram 1500 anytime soon.
“Right now we’re looking at TRX as being on both sides of the (on-road/off-road performance) equation,” said Lally in a one-on-one interview with MC&T. “We’re not looking at anything at the moment here that’s going to be a hardcore street truck.”
While it is unfortunate that Detroit’s automakers have stepped away from the once thriving muscle truck segment, the Ram 1500 TRX does offer genuinely impressive performance figures. Thanks to its 702 horsepower 6.2L Hellcat V8 engine, the TRX is able to go from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. That is just a hair behind the Challenger R/T Scat Pack models, which will knock off a 4.2 second run. Keep your foot down and the Ram 1500 TRX will complete the 1/4 mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph. And that’s with off-road tires.
There’s no real way of hiding that the Ram 1500 TRX is geared for off-road use. It’s packed with exclusive hardware and software that should allow the truck to hunt down F-150 Raptors at will. The truck’s 117 mph top speed is higher than that of the Raptor’s too, but it is dwarfed by the 154 mph capability of the Ram SRT-10. There was a special lunacy about the 8.3L Viper V10-powered muscle truck that the TRX doesn’t quite replicate.
That said, there is no world in which we could complain about there being just one 700+ horsepower Ram pickup. The TRX is the new apex predator of the performance truck segment as a whole, both on the road and off of it.