If you thought all the news today was going to be about the new , guess again. The folks at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles decided to do a little trolling of Ford’s best-selling pickup truck by (somewhat) quietly releasing a teaser video of what it’s calling the 2021 Ram TRX. The brief, looping clip only shows something in the desert doing some cloudy doughnuts in the dirt, but this is the first official confirmation we’ve had that the TRX is a go and that it’ll be a 2021 model.
—To refresh your memory on what the Ram TRX is, it started life as the Ram Rebel TRX concept that was unveiled at the 2016 State Fair of Texas to much enthusiasm. The concept was a Ram 1500 Rebel that had been thoroughly reworked much in the same manner as the Ford F-150 Raptor. The TRX concept was meant to be a factory-built Baja off-roader, a desert runner, a truck meant for blasting across the open scrub of the American Southwest at speeds far greater than you’d do in a normal off-road pickup. It featured a 4-inch suspension lift with 13 inches of wheel travel, 37-inch Toyo Open Country M/T tires on beadlock wheels, an upgraded eight-speed automatic transmission, a Dyantrac Pro 60 rear axle with locking differential, a strengthened front axle with more robust constant-velocity-joint half-shafts, unique bodywork with modified fenders and more.
The thing that got people most excited, however, was the 575-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine nestled under its hood, feeding side pipes that were integrated into the rocker panels. It wasn’t making the full 707 hp of a proper Hellcat engine, but it was better than nothing.
But the fourth-generation “DS” platform Ram 1500 came and went, and no TRX materialized. Fast forward to the new “DT” model that debuted in 2018, and our hopes were renewed. As recently as late 2018, we were seeing spy shots of a possible TRX prowling the mountains of Colorado, yet there was still no official confirmation from FCA of its impending arrival — until now. Ram has made it official by putting it up on its website, and you can sign up to be the first to get information on the new TRX ahead of its late summer on-sale date. We don’t have any details yet on what the 2021 Ram TRX will be, but as soon as we do, you’ll see them here first.
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