The 2022 Ram TRX 1500: The Off-road Hellcat

It’s possible that the Ram TRX (“T-Rex” if you’re speaking to a die-hard Ram fan) is the most extreme truck currently available on the market.

It is the most powerful truck that a major manufacturer has ever created because of its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces 702 horsepower. It is a Ram 1500 that has been modified with every off-road suspension part that can be found in the Mopar catalog, as well as the engine that has the most horsepower that can be found in a pickup.

The driver of our test vehicle referred to it as “an off-road Hellcat of sorts,” describing it as a rough-and-tumble pickup with excellent long-travel suspension and a beefed-up 8-speed automatic transmission. It takes only 4.5 seconds for the TRX to reach 60 miles per hour, and it can probably match that time on dirt.

The 2022 Ram TRX 1500: The Off-road Hellcat

Ram TRX the off-road Hellcat

Although it was the first company to market a super-truck when it released the F-150 Raptor in 2010, Ford was hesitant to install such a powerful engine in its desert runner. It will ultimately answer Ram’s challenge with a V8-equipped Raptor R for the 2023 model year, although even that truck falls short of the dinosaur’s power output by 2 horsepower. This will happen for the 2023 model year.

The 2022 Ram TRX is one of the few monster trucks that can be taken out on public highways, as opposed to the majority of other monster trucks, which are confined to arenas and closed courses. The pumped-up Ram TRX is essentially a standard Ram 1500 that has been pumped full of steroids; it features a significantly wider track and a supercharged V-8 engine that is capable of producing 702 horsepower.

There are certainly more powerful variants that are powered by the Hellcat engine, but no other stock pickup sounds like it devoured a pack of demons while still reaching 60 miles per hour in under 3.7 seconds. Read Also Ram Promaster 3500

The only genuine competitor to the Ram TRX is the 450-horsepower Ford F-150 Raptor, but it won’t be a fair fight until the Raptor R arrives with more than 700 horsepower. Even then, it will have to compete with the Ram’s insanely sumptuous interior and exceptional on-road characteristics, both of which helped it earn a spot on our Editors’ Choice list as well as a 10Best award.

Living with a 2022 Ram TRX is not all Monster Jam-worthy antics, however, because maneuvering in traffic or parking lots can cause anxiety and regular fuel fill-ups will become a routine.

In addition, living with the 2022 Ram TRX will require more frequent maintenance and repairs. On the other hand, no one has ever claimed that being the owner of a monster is simple.

Regular Price of the Ram TRX

When it was first introduced for the 2021 model year, the TRX had a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) that was a little less than $70,000. (before any destination charges). Since then, a number of price rises have resulted in the current total of $78 790 being reached. According to Mopar Insiders, these significant price hikes will come to an end, and Ram is currently asking $79,355 for the 2023 model (in addition to a delivery cost of $1,795 in 49 states and $1,845 in Hawaii).

It would be irresponsible of us not to mention, however, that because to the extremely high demand for the T-Rex, it is virtually hard to locate one that has not been significantly marked up in price.

It should not come as a surprise that Ram has made almost no changes to the TRX for the 2023 model year because the vast majority of them are purchased before they ever leave the factory. Even while Ram’s official website isn’t yet accepting orders for the 2023 model, dealerships already have.

The Ram TRX Engine and Performance

The Ram TRX has a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 that is concealed beneath its scooped hood and in the space between its bulging fenders. This particular configuration of the engine, which is more commonly referred to as the Hellcat engine, is capable of producing 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This power is distributed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. During our testing, the TRX accelerated from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds and finished the quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds while at 110 miles per hour.

Because of this, it has the record for the quickest pickup that we’ve ever tested. On paved highways, the Hellcat-powered Ram is surprisingly smooth and simple to manage despite its substantial curb weight and enormous size. Despite this, its supercharged V-8 is primed and ready to produce exhilarating sounds from its exhaust pipes. The TRX was designed to be used in a variety of environments, including sand, mud, and pebbles.

In addition to having a steel frame that has been strengthened, it also has a suspension that has been beefed up and is designed to be able to bend and bind while having more than 13 inches of travel. It rides on a set of enormous all-terrain tires measuring 35 inches in diameter that are mounted on wheels measuring 18 inches in diameter.

These tires and wheels help give the vehicle a ground clearance of 11.8 inches. According to Ram, the half-ton Hellcat can also cross water that is up to 32 inches deep. Every single TRX comes standard with enough underbody armour to shield a Brink’s truck, remote-reservoir dampers from Bilstein, an electronic-locking rear differential, and enormous 15.0-inch front brakes.

Ram TRX Towing Capabilities


Although it cannot draw as much as some Ram models, which are currently certified at up to 12,750 pounds, the Ram TRX is still capable of pulling a substantial amount. It has a maximum towing capacity of 8100 pounds, which is 100 pounds less than the F-150 Raptor, and it can carry a maximum payload of 1310 pounds (80 pounds less than the Ford).

Fuel Economy

It is anticipated that the TRX will achieve a pitiful 10 miles per gallon in the city and a not much better 14 miles per gallon on the interstate. These numbers are much lower than those provided by the Raptor, which boasts ratings of up to 15 mpg in the city and up to 18 mpg on the highway. As part of our comprehensive testing protocol, we put the TRX through its paces on our fuel-economy route at 75 miles per hour and found that it achieved a pitiful 13 miles per gallon on the highway. Visit the website of the EPA for details regarding the TRX’s mileage per gallon ratings. https://www.epa.gov/

Interior

Ram has raised the bar for what is expected of truck interiors with its most recent half-ton pickups, which are equipped with luxurious-appearing materials and excellent insulation from the sounds of the outside world. The TRX is available exclusively as a crew cab model with a short cargo bed, and it appears that the same degree of elegance and refinement will be carried over to this model. The Ram 1500 Rebel serves as the inspiration for the interior’s cloth upholstery and the standard features seen in the base model. However, the optional TR1 and TR2 packages make the interior of the vehicle appear and feel noticeably more upscale.

The 2022 Ram TRX 1500: The Off-road Hellcat

These packages include leather-covered surfaces as well as a combination of microsuede and carbon fiber accents. In addition to the paddle shifters that are prominently displayed on the flat-bottom steering wheel of the TRX, there is also a floor shifter that is positioned in the center console of the vehicle. Some of the most desirable extras available for the TRX are a digital rearview mirror, a head-up display, and front seats that are both heated and ventilated.

Connectivity and informational entertainment

Every TRX has a touchscreen infotainment system with a display of 12 inches, and it is situated vertically in the middle of the dashboard. The system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, in-dash navigation, and SiriusXM satellite radio as standard features.

The display is capable of separating itself into individual menus, allowing for the simultaneous use of a number of apps; in addition, the display’s surrounding bezel includes physical knobs and buttons, making for controls that are easier to understand and use. You also have the option of installing a tremendous 900-watt, 19-speaker sound system by Harman Kardon in the pickup truck.

Specifications

2022 Ram 1500 TRX
Vehicle Type: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $75,175/$91,030
Options: TRX Level 2 Equipment Group (leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, trailer-brake controller, blind-spot and cross-path detection, front and rear park assist, adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers, proximity keyless entry, power tailgate release, ventilated rear seats, wireless charging, driver’s-seat memory, leather and suede steering wheel), $7750; 18-inch beadlock-capable wheels, $1895; Technology group, $1095; rock rails, $995; Advanced Safety group, $995; Bed Utility group, $845; trifold bed cover, $695; trailer-reverser steering control, $495; trailer-tow mirrors, $445; two-tone paint, $250; Granite Crystal Metallic paint, $200; Trailer-Tow group, $195

ENGINE
supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 376 in3, 6166 cm3
Power: 702 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 650 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: control arms/live axle
Brakes, F/R: 14.9-in vented disc/14.8-in vented disc
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT
LT325/65R-18 121/118T M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 145.1 in
Length: 232.9 in
Width: 88.0 in
Height: 80.9 in
Passenger Volume: 132 ft3
Curb Weight: 6781 lb

FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 11 mpg
Unscheduled Oil Additions: 0 qt

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 12/10/14 mpg

WARRANTY
3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper
5 years/60,000 miles powertrain
3 years/unlimited miles corrosion protection
5 years/60,000 miles roadside assistance

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