August 4, 2021

Dodge Ram 1500 TRX just bullied Ford Raptor to claim the crown. 

Since the early 1900s, the Hemi motor was first designed as being developed throughout WWII for military and aeronautic use. The first Production Hemi came in 1951 as Chrysler’s first overhead-valve V-8 and was rated at 180 hp. Chrysler then produced the second-generation Hemi which was a 426 which was initially built for NASCAR. This motor was inserted into the 1964 Plymouth Belvedere and dominated NASCAR, but the following year Chrysler’s dominant Hemi was banned from Nascar due to low street sales. As Chrysler realized they had a formula to dominate the market with large displacement high horsepower motors they started to put the Hemi in almost everything that they produced. Chrysler is on its third generation Hemi motor and decided to get wild and produce the 6.2 Hellcat motor which produces an insane 707hp and 650 tq. The name pays tribute to Grumman’s F6F Hellcat fighter aircraft, which had a significant role in the Pacific during World War II. Dodge was trailing the Ford Raptor when it came to performance for over a decade, but dodge decided to finally go all out and put its highest horsepower motor like they’re known to do in the Ram 1500 and name it the TRX (Trex). 

Price

Starting at $71,690

Horsepower, Transmission, Towing, and MPG

702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque

8-speed ZF-sourced automatic transmission

Max Towing: 8,100 pounds

10 mpg city and 14 mpg highway

Color Options

Exterior paint

Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat, 

Two-Tone

Granite Crystal Metallic Clear-Coat/Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat 

Anvil Clear-Coat/Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat Exterior Paint 

Billet Silver Metallic Clear-Coat/Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat Exterior Paint 

Hydro-Blue Pearl Coat/Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat 

Flame Red Clear-Coat/Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat 

Bright White Clear-Coat/Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat 

Performance

Before we talk about performance, let’s talk about an easter egg under the hood that we at FastMint thought was absolutely awesome and gangster at the same time. Dodge literally took a shot at Ford, by placing an image of a T Rex with a Raptor in its mouth… Take that ford! Now the question is what will ford do to respond to this? The Dode Ram TRX was specifically designed for the  BAJA. The TRX does make small changes to the Supercharged 6.2 liter Hellcat motor but only to protect it from off-road conditions. The air intake system is made of 2 8×12 inch filters that capture four times the dirt as any of its competitors. With needing to restrict the intake system from the elements as well as a longer exhaust system the TRX does lose 5bhp when compared to other iterations of the Hellcat motor. It still manages to pull off an impressive 0-60 time in 3.7 seconds! It also gets through the quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds at 110 mph. The TRX top speed is electronically limited to 118 MPH. The console-mounted shifter makes its return to help utilize its 8-speed transmission. Dodge allows you two options of shifting when in manual mode and that’s by either bumping the shifter forward, backward, or use the paddle shifters.  Whichever you may choose the transmission responds very well. The TRX gets a  full-time 4WD system that utilizes a BorgWarner 48-13 active transfer case. The TRX 4WD system has its torque split dependent on the drive mode which helps put the power down to the wheels that need it the most. RWD only mode isn’t available. The rear end gets a five-link setup locking Dana 60 solid axle as well.

Driving modes

With a push of a button, there are multiple driving modes that control several parameters which include the steering, suspension 4×4 system, throttle response,

Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow, and Custom,

Offroad Modes

control the same parameters as switching through your available driving modes, but are optimized for the selected offroad experience. These modes include: Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja

Digital Dash Keeps you informed

Not only does the TRX digital dash keep you up to date on how fast you’re going or how much fuel you have left. it also allows you to toggle through important offroad information which is the same system as the Jeep Wrangler. It allows for the monitoring of your vehicle’s angle, pitch, and how much power is being distributed to each wheel which can provide a huge peace of mind when given the possibility of a rollover. 

Suspension, body 

With the TRX needing to withstand the abuse of offroad endeavors like the BAJA, Ram had to develop a unique frame built specifically for the TRX. The frame is 74% unique to the TRX when compared to the standard Ram 1500. Throughout the frame, Dodge placed high-strength steel, hydroformed sections that reduce the need for welding in areas and strengthening the chassis in all the right areas. 2.5-inch adaptive Bilstein shocks developed exclusively for the TRX are present and the front upper and lower control arms are developed to allow more travel to help the TRX handle any terrain that’s thrown at it. The active suspension works great and adjusts the nitrogen-charged dampening system automatically when needed to help give you the ultimate ride experience (22 to 2000 pounds of force). The TRX also sits eight inches wider than the standard Ram 1500 which allows for a wider stance. The TRX comes designed to get the most out of the body style to utilize its aerodynamics and cooling functions. The TRX is equipped with wider fenders, seven strategically placed air flow features that provide optimal cooling and aerodynamics. All are functional scoops, heat extractors, air curtains, and vents that are not just for looks like some other automotive manufactures have been known to do. With these changes, Dodge gives The TRX  the ability to comfortably sit a massive set of 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires. These tires are mounted on 18-inch rims with the choice of having a standard or Beadlock wheel set up. This setup gives this truck 11.8 inches of ground clearance which also allows the TRX to venture into water 32” deep.

Fuel economy

If you’re looking at getting decent fuel economy with Dodge TRX, think again. Even if you try to baby this mammoth of a truck throughout the day it’s not having it. This supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 is going to be drinking like a frat boy living his best life on the weekend and you’re looking at getting 10 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway.

Safety features 

  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind-spot monitoring
  • lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

Interior

There once was a time performance vehicles cut corners and could be said to excel in performance while lacking in their interior quality, but that’s not the case With the TRX. Dodge took the best parts from their FCA parts bin and gave the TRX the works. You get a 12-inch vertical touchscreen display with U connect that is buttery smooth, aggressively and sexy bolstered sport seats, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters. If that’s not enough to tickle your fancy, Dodge gives you the option for carbon fiber trim, a 360-degree surround-view camera system, as well as a new heads up display system and a digital rearview mirror is a first for any FCA vehicle are available as upgrades.

Infotainment

The TRX comes with a massive 12.0-inch touchscreen display which is placed vertically. The infotainment comes packed with an abundance of features which include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The display is very responsive and can multitask by dividing into multiple menus on the screen. Harman Kardon is Dodge’s choice for its TRX audio sound system and it bumps indeed. It is rocking a 900 watt 19 speaker set up and everything sounds crisp and clear!

Warranty

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  •  Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
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