2021 Ram TRX Without The Hellcat Engine? ‘Not At Introduction’

The highly anticipated 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is squarely aimed at the Ford F-150 Raptor, but some would argue that these two performance trucks aren’t direct rivals. A strong argument should be the $ 16,540 price difference when comparing base trims, as the Ram is much more expensive, even hitting six figures in a fully loaded form. Then there’s a major power difference given that the TRX has 252 horsepower and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) of extra torque compared to the Blue Oval’s quick pickup.

This raises a valid question – will Ram release a lower 1500 TRX without the Hellcat engine at a lower asking price to fully compete with the Raptor? Automotive magazine asked this question of company officials and they did not necessarily rule out this possibility, saying “not during the introduction”. This somewhat vague answer leaves the door a little open to a more accessible variant, which A M speculation could be called TRX Sport.

There are arguments for and against a TRX without the supercharged 702 horsepower V8. A naturally aspirated version would indeed lower the asking price, but at the same time, there is a risk that it dilutes what TRX stands for.

On the other hand, Ram has invested a significant amount of money in the Ultimate 1500 and is certainly interested in the return on investment of the truck. Offering a “lean” version with a more down-to-earth engine already offered in other FCA products would attract more buyers. Therefore, it would help the company to better distribute the costs of developing what is otherwise an expensive niche product.

You also have to think about the F-150 Raptor, because Ford is putting the finishing touches on the new one. A spicy rumor pointed to the return of the V8, namely a 5.2-liter supercharged Shelby Mustang GT500 good for 700 horsepower. This would target the TRX directly, but a recent spy video of the new Raptor appeared to have a V6 soundtrack.

Either way, we’ll just have to wait and see if Ram releases a watered-down TRX and / or if Ford has plans for an amplified F-150 Raptor. One thing’s for sure: the muscle trucks of the 1990s are back with more power and better off-road chops.

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