The all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is the apex predator of the truck world and cements Ram Truck as North America’s off-road truck leader. Ram TRX expands the light-duty lineup and sets new benchmarks for power and performance among half-ton pickup trucks with the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engine.
“The all-new 2021 Ram TRX sets the benchmark for extreme performance pickup trucks and solidifies Ram Truck’s position as the off-road truck leader,” said Mike Koval, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – North America. “Ram has a strong history of high-performance trucks and TRX adds to that while expanding the light-duty lineup with the segment’s best combination of performance, capability, luxury and technology.”
Engine and Drivetrain
Rated at 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine powers the Ram TRX to a top speed of 118 mph. Combined with a high-torque-capacity TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the Ram TRX delivers a new level of performance: 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 4.5 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph all with a top speed of 118 mph.
A proven and reliable high-performance engine, the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine delivers top output for extended driving sessions without degradation in performance.
A high-torque-capacity TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission delivers quick, crisp gear changes during both normal and performance driving conditions. The 2021 Ram TRX benefits from up to 32 inches of water fording, up to 8,100 pounds towing, and a maximum payload capacity of 1,310 pounds.
Keeping the engine cool is a new, innovative dual-path air induction system that delivers maximum output and feeds a steady supply of cool, clean air to the engine through the front grille and functional hood scoop. The largest air filter in the segment uses dual filter elements and is designed for extreme, dusty environments with four times the dust trapping capacity when compared to the closest competitor.
A full-time active transfer case features upgraded internals for improved strength, durability. Along with an all-new, unique suspension system with active damping, inspired by desert off-road racers, incorporates forged aluminum front upper and lower control arms with special attention to caster and camber angles during suspension cycling.The Ram TRX features a new frame extensively uses high-strength steel that increases low-torsion attributes to amplify durability and stability. New independent front suspension system with active damping uses high-strength aluminum to maintain overall strength and durability.
The TRX uses a Dana 60 solid rear axle with a 3.55 ratio featuring full-floating hubs and axle-hop damper for improved traction and axle control on rough surfaces. An electronic locking rear differential is standard for increased performance off-road.
Designed exclusively for TRX, new front, and rear 2.5-inch Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks provide fast reaction time, unbeatable damping, and improved heat dissipation for traversing harsh terrain at speeds greater than 100 mph. Five-link coil suspension is tuned to deliver the best combination of ride, handling, and comfort no matter the road surface.
The TRX’s wheel travel is greater than 13 inches at all four corners, an increase of more than 40 percent compared to the rest of the Ram 1500 lineup. It also features a 2-inch ride height increase over Ram 1500, enabling 11.8 inches of ground clearance and capability of up to 32 inches of water fording.
All-new 18×9-inch aluminum wheels are available in both standard and a beadlock-capable option. Goodyear Wrangler Territory 325/6R18 All-Terrain 35-inch tires, developed exclusively for Ram TRX, achieve unmatched levels of wear resistance, traction, and reduced road noise. Stopping is done with the largest front brakes in the segment at 15 inches.
The all-new face of Ram includes modern Ram’s head logo and “R-A-M” badge with flow-through lettering. Mixing style with function the hood scoop is responsible for 50 percent of air entering the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engine while the other 50 percent enters through the grille. New integrated composite fender flares add 8 inches of body width and feature all-new steel box outers, creating a striking “hourglass” body.
New LED clearance lamps are cleverly integrated into the hood scoop and front bumper flares, amplifying the new aesthetic of the truck. Full-LED Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) includes twin bi-functional projector headlamps, fog lamps and taillamps with up to 15 degrees of direction control with steering input.
Being comfortable when driving is important and the TRX made sure this is covered with the most spacious interior in the segment offers new, authentic premium materials, colors, and textures, including hand-wrapped leather instrument panels for unexpected luxury throughout. The all-new 2021 Ram TRX features three interior options, including premium cloth and vinyl, a premium wrapped leather and suede, our premium wrapped leather and suede with available red and carbon fiber accents.
A flat-bottom steering wheel offers enhanced hand grips wrapped in leather with optional suede and carbon fiber accents. New aluminum paddle shifters stretch above and below the steering wheel spokes. The reimagined center console with maximum storage includes a new performance-oriented floor shifter, wireless charging dock, and five USBs, including Type A and C ports.
Custom specifications plate on the console lid lists which engine is under the hood, the type of supercharger Ram TRX uses, boost output, horsepower, and the vehicle-specific Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The Ram TRX-specific transfer case switches are integrated into the dashboard along with Drive Mode selector and Launch Control
The heads-up Display unit makes its FCA vehicle debut and can show up to five different content areas at once. The Uconnect 4C NAV 12-inch touchscreen is standard and includes SiriusXM 360L with Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, which offers a custom listening experience through a 900-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
TRX touts the first FCA application of Drive Modes and Off-Road Pages with the Uconnect 4C NAV 12-inch touchscreen. A new Baja drive mode calibrates four-wheel-drive and steering systems, stability control, paddle shifters, and suspension for ultimate desert performance, delivering maximum capability on undulating, loose surfaces.
Available digital rearview mirror replaces the traditional rearview mirror with a 9.2-inch-wide LCD monitor. The trailer Reverse Steer Control is an available standalone option on Ram TRX and uses a dial to point the trailer in the desired direction while the system controls the steering wheel.
With more than 100 active and passive safety and security features, including ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic gridlines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation, and six airbags. Available features include Blind-spot Monitoring, adaptive cruise control, Ready Alert Braking, and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, are available.
The 2021 Ram TRX underwent rigorous testing in extreme environments across the continental United States to handle the most punishing conditions with extreme confidence, capability and durability. Do you think the Ram TRX can pompete with the Raptor? Tell us in the comments below!