New Ram TRX owners can certainly buy the truck for some fun in the sand or rock crawling. But it has plenty of power to do more than just that. The 702-horsepower super truck also comes equipped with launch control, and Ram lists its Hellcat-powered off-roader as able to do a quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds, reaching 108 mph. That’s almost as good as a Dodge Challenger SRT 392, which is impressive for a 6,000-pound truck. One would wonder if the truck maker would release a more street-oriented version of the TRX, which would be a solid followup to the Ram SRT10. But that’s not going to happen, we’re told. So owners seeking faster times are going to have to improvise.
So what happens when the hefty truck races against a classic muscle car explicitly built for quarter-miles? We find out in a short and sweet video from Drag Racing and Car Stuff on YouTube. We’ve seen plenty of TRX drag races, but few take place on a prepped strip. Additionally, the owner of this red Ram 1500 TRX swaps out the off-road tires for four slicks. There are other modifications on the truck, though precisely what isn’t clear.
Its competitor isn’t stock either; the video lists the muscle car as a Chevrolet Nova, likely an early 1970s model. It wears an SS badge in the grille, but we don’t know what modifications it has. Between the hood and the meaty slicks on the back, it’s been explicitly modified to race down the drag strip.
Ram TRX vs. Chevy Nova Drag Race
The moment the light goes green, both vehicles leap off the line, filling the area around the track with the beautiful sound of a V8 symphony, though the Ram’s exhaust is notably louder. We can hear five distinct gear changes as it races down the track, but on the other line, the classic Nova is hot on the truck’s heels. The Ram crosses the line at 10.92 seconds with a speed of 124 mph. Meanwhile, the Nova covers the distance in 11.1 seconds at 123.9 mph. The win goes to the TRX, but just barely. Both numbers for the TRX are way above what it would get stock, with the top speed being tire limited at 118 mph.