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RAM TRX MAY HAVE NEVER HAPPENED IF NOT FOR 2016 CONCEPT TRUCK

The 2016 Rebel TRX Was The Most Popular Concept That Ram Has Ever Done

Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept
Image via Stellantis

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX pickup truck is $70,000 of everything-at-you at once. With an advertised quarter mile time of 12.9 seconds, it’s a hot rod. With 5.5-foot bed, it’s a work truck. With an incredibly detailed interior and electronically controlled suspension, it’s a grand touring car. And with 702 horsepower under the hood sending power to all four wheels, it’s a nightmare for its competitive set. In short, if you have the space for its imposing size, and can afford a college-tuition’s worth of fuel, the Ram TRX is the perfect single vehicle solution.

And customers wanted nothing more than exactly what we see today, with an unprecedented response towards the original Ram Rebel TRX Concept that debuted during the 2016 State Fair of Texas.

Ram Rebel TRX Concept
Image via Stellantis.

“The Ram TRX Concept generated more clicks than any other concept that we’ve ever done. That was a huge flag of customer interest,” explained Dan Stagner, Vehicle Integration Lead for the Ram 1500 TRX.

Case in point, the $90,000 Ram TRX Launch Edition sold out in a mere three hours. Only 702 people will have the privilege of owning such a pickup truck, likely indicating strong returns on both cryptocurrency and OnlyFans accounts.

Image Via Ram.

Ram TRX Concept VS Reality

The Ram Rebel TRX Concept at the time only teased the world with  575 horsepower, but it did support massive 37-inch tires, as well as twin tire mounts in the truck bed. Both features are something that so far has eluded the production truck. The only vehicle that has so far announced a 37-inch tire package is actually the chief rival of the TRX: the trendsetting Ford F-150 Raptor.

The 2021 Ram TRX Launch Edition sees a number of exclusive design features and packages all rolled into one. It’s only available in Anvil Gray, and only the Launch Edition TRX comes in that color. If you see Anvil Gray, you know you’re looking at a very rare tuck. The rest of the exterior design is is pure TRX, complimented by beadlock capable wheels and bodyside graphics.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition Anvil Gray
Image via Ram

Also exclusive to the 2021 Ram TRX Launch Edition is a special red and brushed aluminum badge, identifying it as the Launch Edition. Plus, owners can make sure their passengers remember you got the limited edition model when you rocket them from 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds. That shouldn’t be possible in such a massive truck, yet here we are.

Unsurprisingly, the Launch Edition comes fully loaded. It’s fitted as standard with the TRX Level 2 trim package, which comes fully loaded with all of the TR1 features, plus memory seats and mirrors, remote start, parking sensors, power tailgate, wireless charging pad, and more. It also adds carbon fiber interior trim with the color accent package, head-up display, dual pane panoramic sunroof and a 19 speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system.

Mechanically, the Ram TRX Launch Edition is just like the regular TRX, highlighted by a 702 hp Hellcat V8, 2.5-inch Bilstein shocks, and electronic four-wheel-drive and transfer case.

Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition
Photo via FCA

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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