The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is a complete package with ton of features, great performance specs, and a justifiable price tag

Four years after launching the concept, Ram has finally unveiled the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX. The truck comes with a big V-8 engine under the hood, an advanced four-wheel-drive system, a strong suspension system, and a luxurious cabin. It will be available with a host of optional accessories as well, and with a starting price of $69,995, you won’t have to break the bank to have an amazing off-road truck. Although it seems very impressive on paper, can be live up to its ‘Raptor-killer’ nickname?

What Powers The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX?

  • 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 HEMI Hellcat engine
  • 702 Horsepower
  • 650 Pound-Feet Of Torque
  • Eight-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Heavy-duty Advanced Four-Wheel-Drive System
  • 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed of 118 mph
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The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is powered by a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 HEMI Hellcat engine that makes 702 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque.

The supercharger has 11 psi of maximum boost pressure. The engine is mated to Ram’s TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission. A heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system is in place as well.

The Ram 1500 TRX comes with impressive performance figures. It takes merely 4.5 seconds to hit the 60 mph mark from a standstill, and the top speed is rated at 118 mph. Thanks to these numbers, the 1500 TRX is officially the “Quickest, Fastest and Most Powerful Mass-produced Truck in the World”. There is also a launch control to help with the perfect straight-line launches. According to the company, the truck completes the quarter-mile run in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph.

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There is also something known as the Jump Detection, which derives wheel-speed and ride-height data from the sensors and accelerometers at each corner to identify when the vehicle is airborne and acts to prevent driveline-damaging power spikes.

This will be immensely helpful and give a lot of confidence to take it fast on rough terrains.

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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

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Suspension System

  • Front Independent Suspension System
  • Dana 60 Solid Rear Axle
  • Front and Rear 2.5-inch Bilstein Performance Shocks
  • 13 inches of Wheel Travel Range
  • BorgWarner Transfer Case
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The 2021 1500 TRX comes with a new independent front suspension system with active damping and a Dana 60 solid rear axle with a 3.55 ratio.

It features full-floating hubs and axle-hop damper for improved traction on rough surfaces. An electronic rear differential is standard. The 1500 TRX also comes with new front and rear 2.5-inch Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks. Wheel travel range comes in at 13 inches on all four corners, making it a perfect desert runner. It is also equipped with a BorgWarner full-time active transfer case.

How Much Can The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Tow?

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The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX come tow up to 8,100 pounds and haul up to 1,310 pounds.

How Is The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX On The Outside?

  • Unique TRX-specific Front Grille
  • Skid Plates
  • Steel Bumpers
  • Massive Hood Scoop
  • Potent Air Intake System
  • Full-LED Adaptive Front-Lighting System
  • 18-inch Beadlock Wheels
  • 35-inch, Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Tires
  • Offered In Six Different Exterior Shades
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The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is heavily inspired by the Rebel and the Power Wagon, and will be available only in the crew cab body style. It is based on the company’s Free-flow design philosophy that not only serves for the aesthetics, but also aids performance. Since the truck features a huge V-8 mill under the hood, the company has paid special attention to its breathing capabilities. Ram has said that 50-percent of air intake to the engine will be through the massive hood scoop, whereas the other 50-percent airflow will be through the grille. A dual-path air induction system with a 92 mm throttle body and the segment’s largest air filter is present as well. The mill is capable of 2.38 liters of air intake per revolution. There’s a 29-liter airbox to filter out the dirt and sand and avoid it from getting into the engine.

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It also comes with integrated composite fender flares that add eight inches to the width of the truck over the standard 1500. The track is also six inches wider. Full-LED Adaptive Front-lighting System in all-black headlamps is offered as well. Ram has also installed marker lights in the hood scoop and on the fenders, which is a must as per the law for trucks wider than 80 inches.

The truck will ride on 18-inch Beadlock wheels wrapped in specially-developed 35-inch, 325/65 section Goodyear Wrangler Territory All-Terrain Tires.

It also features 15-inch brakes in the front, which are a segment-best. Ram will offer the 2021 1500 TRX in six different shades. To top it all, namesake graphics and badges will be present all around the body. It must also be noted that the truck doesn’t feature a MultiFunction Tailgate. Instead, there’s a simple power tailgate in place.

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Apart from all this, there are four oversized two hooks in the front and the rear and dual five-inch exhaust outlets. Spend some extra moolah and you can get off-road side steps, factory-installed rock rails, a bed-mounted spare-tire carrier that can accommodate up to 37-inch tire, and a rambar. The ground clearance is rated at 11.85 inches, thanks to the 35-inch tires and a two-inch higher ride height compared to the standard Ram 1500.

Approach Angle 30.2 degrees
Breakover Angle 21.9 degrees
Departure Angle 23.5 degrees
Ground Clearance 11.85 inches
Water Wading depth 32 inches

How Is The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX On The Inside?

  • Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters
  • Three Different Interior Options
  • Conventional Floor-Mounted Gear Shifter
  • Control Panel with Ram TRX-specific Transfer Case Switches
  • Head-Up Display
  • Digital Rearview Mirror
  • Performance Pages In The Instrument Cluster
  • Six Drive Modes Plus Three Off-road Modes
  • Optional 360-degree Camera System
  • Optional Trailer Reverse Steer Control
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Ram stressed on how its trucks have changed the game when it comes to premium and luxurious cabins in this segment. The same continues here as well. The 1500 TRX comes with a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters. The seats are heavily bolstered to keep you in place when you take this beast hard around the corners. The automaker is offering the truck in three interior options:

  • Cloth and vinyl
  • Leather and suede
  • Leather and suede with red and carbon fiber accents
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The center console features a massive 12-inch UConnect 4C touchscreen system with Sirius XM. Thankfully, the rotary knob is replaced with a conventional floor-mounted gear shifter.

You can also find a wireless charging dock and five USBs, including Type A and C ports below the center console. In place of the rotary knob, the truck features a control panel that has Ram TRX-specific transfer case switches (4WD High/Low, Axle Lock, etc.) along with Drive Mode selector and Launch Control button.

A new color Head-Up Display is also available that can be customized with five different contents as per your needs. You can also opt for a digital rearview mirror with a 9.2-inch-wide LCD monitor instead of the convention mirror. This is something we saw on the Land Rover Defender as well, but in that, you could switch between both views. A forward-facing camera is available as optional as part of the 360-degree camera system. There is a custom specs plate on the console lid that lists the engine, type of supercharger, boost output, horsepower, and VIN.

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The truck also throws up performance pages on the seven-inch display in the instrument cluster that can be monitored and recorded. It showcases stuff like:

  • Reaction time
  • Quarter-mile time
  • 0-60 and 0-62 mph acceleration times
  • Dyno page
  • G-Force meter

Five different drive modes are available – Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow, and Custom. There are three more off-road dynamic modes, namely - Mud/sand, Rock, and Baja. These drive modes control the four-wheel-drive system, throttle response, transmission, paddle shifters, suspension, and the electric power steering. Trailer Reverse Steer Control is also available, which is similar to Ford’s Pro-Trailer Backup Assist. It makes use of a dial to point the trailer in the desired direction while the system controls the steering wheel.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Safety Features And Optional Accessories

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The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is available with more than 100 advanced safety and security features. Stuff like a rear backup camera, electronic stability control with electronic roll mitigation, and six standard airbags are offered as standard. You can further opt for features like Available features include Blind-spot Monitoring, adaptive cruise control, Ready Alert Braking, and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus. Mind you, the Ram 1500 was the first full-size pickup truck to earn a Top Safety Pick + rating from the IIHS. So, the TRX will be equally competent in that aspect.

Ram has also announced that the 2021 1500 TRX will be available with more than 100 Mopar accessories like off-road lights, Beadlock-capable wheel rings, and so on, right from launch.

Will There Be A Special-Edition 2021 Ram 1500 TRX?

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As is the norm these days, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will also be offered in a special “Launch Edition”. This will be limited to just 702 examples and be available in just one exclusive ‘Anvil Gray’ color.

Other than this, a namesake special red and brushed aluminum badge is also a part of this package. Some of the stuff offered on the Launch Edition include:

  • Carbon Fiber interior trim with color accent package
  • Head-up Display
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof
  • 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system
  • Memory seats and mirrors
  • Remote start
  • Parking sensors
  • Power tailgate
  • Wireless charging pad

How Much Does The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Cost?

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The automaker has announced a starting price of $69,995 plus a $1,695 destination charge for the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. The Launch Edition is priced at $90,315 plus destination. In comparison, the Ford F-150 Raptor starts at $53,455.

Ram is also offering a three-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty on the TRX, and a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty on the powertrain.

Final Thoughts

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The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will be built at the company’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan. Bookings will be open from 18 August and the truck is expected to reach the dealerships early next year.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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