Auto enthusiasts should know it’s within reason to not only call the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX the Hellcat pickup, it’s encouraged! It can also be called the Ford Raptor’s bitter rival as well. Other equally acceptable monikers include: bonkers, monster pickup, and many others. Ram and the team recently showed off the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX during a traveling show that managed to make its way through the Chicago suburbs. Although Ram Trucks was not offering any driving impressions, the brand did agree to a cold-engine start on an icy Chicago morning. The 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 engine found beneath the hoods of the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and even the Dodge Durango, instantly came to life that chilly fall morning.
Of course, critics argue that the Hellcat makes much more sense under the hood of a muscle car as opposed to under the hood of a pickup truck, but practicality went out the window when Ram Trucks decided to take the off-road world by storm. While the existing Ram 1500 model is perfectly sensible and is considered a capable family vehicle, Ram stepped on the gas when it came to designing the TRX. Here are a few things to know about the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX:
Obviously the Ram 1500 TRX is large and in charge and it’s 8.0 inches wider than the original Ram 1500 model it’s based on. It also features a front track that’s 6.0 inches wider, coupled with fenders that are 2.5-inched taller to accommodate 35-in tires and 19-inch wheels. The added width helps the pickup suck in as much air as possible. As mandated by law on large vehicles — 88 inches wide to be exact — the Ram 1500 TRX has three clearance lights mounted on the pickup’s hood scoop. In order for the Hellcat engine to breathe, the hood scoop sucks up 50% of its air.
The remaining 50% of air that’s necessary for the engine comes through the expertly-designed flow-through grille. This way, the pickup’s air intake system is enabled to breathe through the radiator and from the top as well. Below the hood scoop rest two separate 8-by-12 inch filters complete with a section below the filters that collects debris. Chief engineer Jeff Roselli said that the Ram 1500 TRX offers four times more filtering than the competition. Anything that’s fed to the engine, must be expelled as well. The scoop in question is flanked by twin heat extractors, alongside headlight vents that also help cool the engine.
While the Ram 1500 TRX does use the original frame of the Ram 1500 model, it also rides on a platform that’s 74% altered to accommodate the suspension of a pickup truck intended to speed up to 118 mph while trekking the desert. The two models share a standard bed, but the suspension has enough room to travel 13 inches in the front and 14 inches in the rear. Ram equipped the TRX with an independent front suspension complete with longer, stronger control arms and coupled with a five-link coil spring in the rear with Bilstein adaptive damping as a final touch. Roselli also confirmed that the Ram 1500 TRX has the longest rear coil spring (23.6 inches) — the longest in the world for a non-commercial truck.
The all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is available to order right now. If you’re interested in more information, please reach out to us via Miami Lakes Ram social media, so our experts can help you with any questions you may have. If you’re in the market for a truck that’s a lot less menacing, check out the revered Ram 1500 and the popular Ram 1500 Classic here at Miami Lakes AutoMall and schedule your test drive today!
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