Ram TRX Prototype Dies While Testing, Needs Flatbed Assist

Earlier this month, Ram was impressed with the unveiling of the 2021 1500 TRX all-terrain pickup truck. Finally, the Ford Raptor is said to have a rival. It has been a long road to this point, which began four years ago with a radical concept. Spy photos eventually emerged, followed by rumors of 700 horsepower. However, no road to production is without its potholes, and the 2021 TRX was no different.

Our spy photographers captured a naked Ram TRX 2021 prototype in early August, but it wasn’t in the best situation. The photo shows the red pick-up being towed behind a flatbed. According to spy photographers, the van broke down near I-75 in Michigan. This is why car manufacturers drive these vehicles on public roads – to find the problems that arise in real situations. This allows automakers to identify and resolve any issues before production begins.

And boy, we can’t wait for that to happen. When it arrives later this year, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX – the official name – will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from FCA’s legendary Hellcat lineup. It will produce 702 horsepower (523 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (811 Newton-meters) of torque. The eight-speed gearbox comes from the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. All that power propels the pickup to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds and 100 mph in 10.5 seconds. It completes the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds.

Hopes for a less powerful and less expensive TRX are in abeyance with Ram shyly playing on this possibility. This means that the broken TRX in the photo above is probably that of the supercharged V8 engine. But that’s why automakers have test vehicles before production begins. New vehicles go through a long cycle of engineering and development to eliminate gremlins before manufacturing begins. It’s not an easy task, and sometimes things can get a little awkward in public.

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