The wait time is up. RAM began its response to the Ford F-150 Raptor in the RAM TRX, a HEMI-powered beast designed to be the top predator in its class. Here are all the details.
Building a Bigger Dinosaur
As part of RAM’s promotional video leading to TRX’s online release, there’s a small movie clip that summarizes the current fight at the top of the truck restaurant chain. The clip in question is taken from the decisive Jurassic Park battle between the Velociraptors and the T-Rex, which was, if you remember correctly, a one-sided relationship. You might be tempted to think that images like this exist only to appeal to the 13-year-old inner boy to all truck buyers (and they are), but their importance goes beyond superficial naming conventions or dazzles the competition.
That’s because RAM has gone to great lengths to make the TRX the true pinnacle of pickups, an off-road and off-road monster that looks as wild as the dinosaur of the same name. Below, we will explore what makes this new RAM so exciting.
Looking the Part
You will immediately notice that the new RAM TRX is a new breed of 1500. It is 8 inches wider than the regular 1500, with a wider wheelbase and muscular fenders. The grille hatch is now decorated with RAM letters, cut to allow maximum air flow. You’ll also notice that the hood has a large scoop on the hood, with three amber lights. RAM says this hood is not only legit (unlike currently fake vents and shovels), but it actually accounts for 50% of the total air intake.
All this air is sucked in in one truly brutal engine, the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 with 702 hp and 650 lb-ft. Of torque coupled to an 8-speed high-speed automatic transmission. (For reference, the Ford Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine produces just 450 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque.) The RAM says the new TRX will be capable of 4.5 seconds from 0-60 times, 12.9 second-quarter miles, and speed Maximum of 118 mph. Not only does the TRX need to be fast, it will retain good towing and payload capabilities (if not the top of RAM 1500). The TRX will hold up to 1,310 pounds if properly equipped. In his bed measured 5’7 ” and pulled up to 8,100 lbs.
You might not have been surprised with the choice of RAM drives, when you took the Ford Raptor you knew it was going to come out with big guns. On the other hand, the commentary provides some intrigue. Instead of air suspension equipped with the regular 1500s RAM, the TRX gets 2.5-inch Bilstein shocks and massive 23.5-inch coil springs. The TRX will come standard with 35-inch single tires, the front suspension will be 13 inches, and the rear travel will be 14 inches.
TRX aims to compete with the Raptor off-road, and given the numbers, they are looking to give Ford a real run for its money. Elevation from ground is 11.8 inches, approach angle 30.2 degrees, departure 23.5 degrees, and flooding 21.9 degrees. The TRX’s Fording depth reaches 32 inches in calm waters. The TRX will also offer your choice of open differential, limited slip differential or electronic lock differential, along with the standard skid plates.
Long dinosaurs lizards
Part of what made the RAM 1500 so favorite is its excellent interior and technology features. Given its price and capabilities, the RAM has been one of the main culprits in pushing increasingly modern trucks into the luxury car area, and the TRX is another specimen along that line. ‘has evolved.
The interior of the TRX provides a host of unique features to distinguish it from the regular 1500. The paddle shifters are found on either side of the new flat-bottom steering wheel with contrast stitching that extends across the entire vehicle. The rest of the cabin. There’s also a selection of driving mode and performance pages (the latter can also be downloaded in full).
Cue the victorious T-Rex bellows
What a decent car could reveal without a special release to lure die-hard fans (with deep pockets) to save a “chunk of automotive history”. RAM TRX Launch Edition will be limited to 702 units, which matches the sheer strength of the new truck. The launch edition will feature special exterior badges, exclusive Anvil Gray paint (which looks totally bossy) and a generous dose of carbon fiber accent to round things up.
The TRX RAM does not disappoint. In an age of endless and often empty noise, TRX responds to nearly any metric. He has strength, elegance and versatility. It even has an estimated price tag that matches all of these T-Rex tips, which probably start at around $ 70,000. It’s a lot like an American pickup even in the 21st century. But once you start looking at what you are getting for that money and comparing it to other luxury vehicles of similar prices, you will find TRX can be a steal.
This Jurassic Park clip acts as a kind of TRX mission statement. RAM started to manufacture the truck; Big, mighty, and adorable like these make everyone forget those annoying little birds of prey. And they could have done that.