Don’t Expect the TRX to Morph Into a Street Truck Akin to the Old Dodge Ram SRT10

It’s crystal clear that Ram had off-road in mind when it built the Ram 1500 TRX. In fact, it’s a bold and director competitor to the Ford F-150 with considerably more power. At this point, one could even argue that FCA is just amused by putting ridiculous amounts of power into the hands of drivers. In recent news we learned that the TRX will be the most expensive half-ton pickup ever, and that the TRX will be sold in Europe. There’s even potential for a less-powerful “entry” model of sorts to arrive sometime after launch. There’s now officially one thing there won’t be, however - A Hellcat-powered street truck akin to that of the old-school Dodge Ram SRT10.

Be Happy With On-Road and Off-Road Performance Because the TRX is All You’re Getting

Ram Has No Intentions of Building a Street-Tuned TRX Exterior
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With Ram recently announcing that all 702 examples of the Ram 1500 TRX being sold in a matter of days, there’s potential for it to be a big success. Factor in cars like the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, Challenger Demon, Charger Hellcat, and the other over-powered vehicles from FCA, and it seems only fair that a lot of people are itching for a street-tuned, Hellcat-powered truck. After all, way back when, Dodge did put out the Viper-powered SRT10 pickup, so Ram could do something similar with the Hellcat engine, right? Well, it could, but it won’t. Sorry about your luck, but such a model isn’t even being taken into consideration.

In an interview with Muscle Cars and Trucks, Ram 1500 Senior Brand Manager, Carl Lally, shot down just about any hope for a purely on-road performance truck.

Ram Has No Intentions of Building a Street-Tuned TRX Exterior
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“Right now we’re looking at TRX as being on both sides of the equation. We’re not looking at anything at the moment here that’s going to be a hardcore street truck.”

So, while the door is still half open for a TRX will a smaller engine for those that don’t want to spend divorce-worthy money on an off-road truck, a street truck inspired by the SRT 10 just isn’t going to happen. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have one. If you manage to get your hands on a Hellcat engine and computer systems, someone with the know-how, enough free-time, are right skillset might be able to convert your boring old V-8 Ram 1500 into a makeshift Hellcat pickup, but good luck with that one. There was word of a Canadian dealership that did a conversion – it was called the “Ramcat” – but there hasn’t been a lot of word about it over the last year. Eventually, with the Hellcat crate engine now available, it’ll probably be feasible. If you manage to make it happen, please do reach out – we’d love to hear more about it.

Ram Has No Intentions of Building a Street-Tuned TRX Exterior
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2021 Ram 1500 TRX specifications
ENGINE: 6.2-LITER HEMI® SUPERCHARGED V-8
Type and Description 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement 376 cu. in. (6,166 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 4.09 x 3.58 (103.9 x 90.9)
Valve System Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves with sodium-filled exhaust valves and hollow stem intake valves, 16 conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller tips
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum-alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Power (SAE J2723) 702 hp (523 kW) @ 6,100 rpm
Torque (SAE J2723) 650 lb.-ft. (882 Nm) @ 4,800 rpm
Max. Engine Speed 6,200 rpm (electronically limited)
0-60 Mph 4.5 Seconds
Top Speed 118 MPH

Source: Muscle Cars & Trucks

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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