RAM 1500 TRX review

What is it?

Ram isn’t just looking to beat its competitors, it also wants to humiliate and possibly even shame them. The new 700bhp 1500 TRX is not there to be a two-finger salute against Ford’s F-150 Raptor, which produces 450bhp. Lift the engine cover to see the embossed image. It’s a picture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex eating a velociraptor.

The TRX’s 6.2-litre Hemi V8 Dodge Challenger Hellcat engine under its massive body makes it a formidable competitor to the Raptor. (650 lbft vs. 510 lb ft). At 4.5sec, even the 0-60mph speed – which is usually a non-issue for trucks, not to mention one that weighs 2880kg – prompts a double-take.

It’s more than just numbers. The TRX is a practical vehicle that can tow 3674kg and move a slightly smaller 594kg payload. It has an 880mm wading height, 300mm ground clearance, and an approach angle 30.2deg and departure angle 23.5deg.

Ram had to make a lot of changes to the 1500 standard in order to create the TRX. The body measures 203mm longer, the track is wider by 152mm, and the 228mm tyres measure 25mm wider. To fit 35in Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires onto the 18in alloy wheels, the front axle had to move 20mm forward. To handle more weight, the front and rear suspensions were retuned in order to improve the axle articulation.

The front travel is 330mm and the rear 356mm, which is an increase of 40% from the 1500 standard. Furthermore, the 600mm rear springs, as well as the brakes, are said to be the longest in the segment.

It’s what?

The TRX truck is designed to go beyond the norm. It can be larger, more powerful, and better than any other on the market. But it can also claim to be one of the most comfortable, capable, and versatile vehicles.

Ram has completely redesigned Ram’s interior. Ram added safety systems such as adaptive cruise control, collision alert, and a 360-degree parking camera. There is also a pin-sharp digital reverse-view mirror, and a deafening 19 speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

The new touchscreen console with 12in screen is the centerpiece. It allows you to select from all of the TRX’s party-piece driving modes. You can choose from a variety of settings including those for mud, sand and snow, as well as the option to set custom settings and opt for the most carefree Baja mode. This allows you to dial back all assistance systems, provides faster shifts from ZF’s Torque flite eight speed automatic gearbox, sharpens your steering, and dramatically softens suspension’s Black Hawk E2 adaptive shocks.

Baja mode is similar to Sport mode. It opens a valve in the exhaust to enable dampening to be overridden. This was necessary to ensure that the TRX meets EU noise regulations. The TRX sounds like a T-rex roaring with its teeth stuck in its teeth. The cab’s spacious, luxurious, leather-upholstered bucket seats are a comfortable and relaxing place to be.

The three-tonne truck doesn’t require a launch control system. You can set the engine speed to up to 4500rpm, then shoot off the line and see your speed rise at a meteor-like rate on the head-up display.

The TRX can still be an excellent workhorse despite its impressive performance numbers and engineering excellence. Its greatest strength is its large towing capacity.

Do I need one?

It is extremely comfortable and can be used off-road. The only problem is its size, which is not ideal for the UK. It feels just as agile as a truck half its weight, whether it’s on the open road or in a field.

As manufacturers try to achieve ever cleaner and more sustainable targets, performance wars between brands are almost non-existent. However, the TRX is a throwback from a prehistoric era when antagonism and puerile numbers games were the norm.