The centerpiece of the all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is its supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine. It pumps out 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, and it is a straight-up beast.
A new independent front suspension system with active damping uses new 2.5-inch Bilstein Black Hawk e2 shocks to provide fast reaction time and improved heat dissipation for when hammering over harsh terrain at speeds in excess of 161 km/h.
Out back, you’ll also find those Bilsteins, along with a Dana 60 solid rear axle into which 3.55 ratio gears are stuffed. Full-floating hubs and an axle-hop damper should provide good traction and axle control on rough surfaces. An electronic locking rear diff is standard and the Borg-Warner transfer case features a low range of 2.64:1 for rock crawling duties.
Better than 13 inches of wheel travel is on tap at all four corners, which is over 40 per cent better than the rest of Ram 1500’s lineup. Ground clearance checks in at nearly 12 inches thanks to a two-inch ride height increase over regular Ram trucks. You’re also looking at 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires on 18-inch wheels, by the way.
Compared to a stock Ram, the TRX body swells like a anaphylactic who forgot his EpiPen. New integrated composite fender flares add eight inches of body width and feature all-new steel box outers. Koval said the front axle has been moved 20 millimetres forward compared to a standard Ram 1500 in a bid to fit all the gubbins, though that detail goes unmentioned in official propaganda.
2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Engine: 6.2L supercharged V-8
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Horsepower: 702 @ 6,100 RPM
Torque: 650 @ 4,800 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds
Axle Ratio: 3.55:1
Curb Weight: 6,350 pounds
Front Wheel Travel: 13 inches
Rear Wheel Travel: 14 inches
Shocks: 2.5-inch Bilstein Blackhawk e2
Ground Clearance: 11.8 inches
Approach Angle: 30.2 degrees
Breakover Angle: 21.9 degrees
Departure Angle: 23.5 degrees
Tire Size: 325/65R18 (34.6 x 12.8)
Front Differential: Open
Rear Differential: Open (limited-slip and electronic locking optional)