Eric's Autos: 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX
When does 450 horsepower seem kind of ... limp? When you're behind the wheel of something with more than 700 horsepower.
That's the difference -- or one of the differences -- between the Ram 1500 TRX and its chief rival, the Ford F-150 Raptor.
What It Is
The TRX is the answer -- in triplicate -- to the Ford F-150 Raptor, which, for a little while, was the hairiest half-ton truck on the road. It is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 450 horsepower.
The TRX is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8.
It is the same V8 that powers the Hellcat version of the Dodge Challenger and Charger -- which are the hairiest of muscle cars, only in this case paired with four-wheel drive rather than rear-wheel drive.
Installed in the Ram, this engine delivers similar performance in all weather, with the additional capability you get with a four-wheel-drive truck -- one that's raised 2 inches higher off the ground and riding on 35-inch all-terrain tires, with a heavily modded suspension designed to allow maximum wheel articulation and rock-crawling capability.
Plus, you get the utility of a bed, which can almost carry a Challenger. And the strength to pull one on a trailer, easily. The TRX can tow 8,100 pounds -- which is about twice the weight of a Hellcat Challenger.
Also, you get the luxury of a crushed Alcantara suede heated steering wheel and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system for when you tire of listening to the music made by the belt-driven supercharger pumping up the V-8 like Batman's archrival Bane was fortified by his steroid-infusing mask.
There is literally nothing else like it. Though Ford is apparently working on something more like it, in the form of a V-8 version of the Raptor.