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Hellcat-powered Ram TRX horsepower, key features confirmed

by Patrick Rall on

There have been lots of discussions online as to what to expect when the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX came to market. FCA stated officially back in October 2019 that the Hellcat-powered pickup was approved for production, but that is the only official information on the high performance pickup.

There have been spy shots showing what is believed to be Ram 1500 TRX test trucks and there are lots of rumors, but over the past week, we spoke with several people in the automotive industry who have worked on the Ram TRX program. Those folks confirmed some key points, answering some questions that have been hot topics in the modern Mopar performance community.

700+ Horsepower

First up, the 2016 Ram 1500 TRX Rebel Concept had only 575 horsepower, but our insiders have confirmed that the production truck will have 700+ horsepower, just like the Dodge Charger Hellcat, Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

That power will be channeled through an 8-speed automatic transmission to a heavy duty four-wheel-drive system. This drivetrain will make the truck insanely fast on any footing, but it will also be able to do some work, including a towing package that includes the integrated trailer brake controller.

The Concept Look

Next, some of the spy shots show a truck that appears to be considerably more mild in terms of exterior design, leading some Mopar fans to be concerned that the Ram 1500 TRX will basically be a standard half-ton truck with bigger tires and a supercharged Hemi. Fortunately, out contacts confirmed that is not the case and that the production truck will stay true to the concept.

These contacts confirmed that the production Ram 1500 TRX will look a great deal like the yellow truck shown on the Drive for Design contest poster, including the vented hood and the flared fenders. Features like the bed-mounted spare, the wild graphics and the beadlock wheels will all be optional items, so when fully equipped, the production version of the Ram 1500 TRX should look a great deal like the concept, except with the basic styling of the newer generation trucks.

Loaded Interior

Finally, the folks with whom we spoke about their time around the new Ram 1500 TRX explained that the interior was heavily loaded, including the new 12-inch UConnect system. We were told by multiple inside contacts that the Hellcat-powered Ram would follow suit of the other modern SRT vehicles, coming with a heavily-loaded cabin. This includes all of the premium infotainment features including exterior cameras and a premium sound system.

Basically, in the same way that the first Hellcat Challenger and Charger had every premium feature offered in those models, the Ram 1500 TRX with Hellcat power will come loaded to the gills inside.

In short, according to those folks with whom we spoke who are familiar with the project, the Ram 1500 TRX will be exactly what we all wanted in a supercharged sport truck. The exterior design of the concept has been retained and the power levels of the concept have been replaced by similar power levels to the other production-level Hellcat-powered vehicles.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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