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THE RAM 1500 TRX: A BEAST IN STREET CLOTHING

THE RAM 1500 TRX: A BEAST IN STREET CLOTHING

The RAM 1500 TRX is FCA’s entry into the Battle of the Pickup Truck Monsters. It’s not just the Silverado vs. F150 vs. RAM 1500 battles, either. While the F150 Raptor is already on the road, the Silverado ZRX is still in dress rehearsals. We can’t call the TRD Tundra anything more than a sticker car, even when sold as the Tundra TRD Pro. That leaves us with today’s topic, the RAM 1500 TRX.

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The 2021 RAM 1500 TRX

Is it a RAM 1500 TRX or a predator T-Rex? Yes.

And above all else, it doesn’t eat its young like some in the animal world. In the case of the RAM 1500 TRX, it eats its old. Hear us out: They tell us that oil, petroleum and gasoline are fossil fuels made from decomposing plants and animals found in the Earth’s crust. Since these are likely the result of long-departed dinosaurs and other animals from prehistoric times, and since the TRX needs petroleum fuel to run, you can see how the RAM 1500 TRX is consuming its forefathers. Yes, we know it’s a stretch but trust us at Mark Elias Media for this once!

What is the RAM 1500 TRX?

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RAM TRX 6.2-LITER HEMI

The new RAM 1500 TRX is the latest member of the RAM lineup but one of the most powerful and fastest pickup trucks on the road today. A Hellcat-powered half-tonner, the TRX is now the boss in these pickup wars until Ford and GM step up their game. The RAM 1500 TRX is powered by the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 found inside the Challenger and Charger Hellcat models.

This mill makes 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. It is matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. A fuel-sipper, this is not. Instead, figure this beast does its best Super Big Gulping to the tune of 12 mpg combined, with 10 city/14 highway. Bilstein remote-reservoir dampers and an electronic locking differential round out the package…almost. Add in the 35-inch beadlock-capable wheels and you have quite the off-road-ready dune buster, ready to take on the Baja 1000 or the Dakar Rally! As equipped, the RAM 1500 TRX can haul up to 8,100 pounds. Of course, it can “haul the mail,” too. But you knew that.

INTERIOR DECORATING

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The Front and Rear (Below) view of the interior of the RAM TRX.
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With enough black leather to make a biker crowd proud, the TRX displays an understated yet subtly aggressive look that manages to inject just enough sportiness into the mix. Well-bolstered seats keep the driver and front passenger firmly in place, although we don’t suspect you’ll take the RAM TRX to the track for a day of corner-cutting. Still, they offer a comfortable ride that matches what you’ll get from the Bilstein shocks at all four corners. There’s a leather and microsuede-covered steering wheel with a flat-bottomed lower quadrant. A pair of paddle shifters take the place of a row-it-yourself shift lever, which is okay since the TorqueFlite 8HP95 8-speed gearbox will shift faster than you are humanly capable of doing.

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Builder’s plate of the RAM 1500 TRX

A huge armrest sits between us in the front, but it’s large enough to swallow a laptop and some camera gear if pressed. A builder’s plate with the RAM’s sequence number holds sway on the lid if anyone doubts its provenance.

The second row features limo-like legroom and seats that flip up for extra storage. It’s a good thing, too, because the RAM 1500 TRX is only available in crew cab configuration with a relatively small 5-foot 7-inch box.

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The center console with 12.0-inch display screen.

If the sound from the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 weren’t enough, our test vehicle was equipped with a 12.0-inch Uconnect 4 system featuring a 19-speaker Harman Kardon 900-watt audio system complete with SiriusXM Radio as well as Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

How does it look?

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A beast, ready to eat its old.

With wild add-on bodywork details like hood scoops flared fenders and the widest stance from a standard half-ton pickup truck, the RAM 1500 TRX is pretty intimidating in its own right. Blacked-out grille trim adds to the intimidation, as do the black cladding that stretches around the vehicle. It’s a badass vehicle.

Behind the wheel.

Hit the starter and the supercharged HEMI roars from its slumber. It whirs to life thanks to the Roots-style supercharger atop the big V8. Once underway, a grumble manages to work its way into the interior despite the well-insulated cabin. But in many ways, it’s still music to our ears.

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At Okeeheelee Park Equestrian Center.

Under normal conditions, the TRX acts like a docile (!) run-of-the-mill pickup truck. But stomp on the skinny pedal, and you unleash the beast in what can best be described as a Jekyll and Hyde fashion. This monster rears back, pushing us into the seats like a dropkick to the chest by a WWE wrestler. When it finally realizes what you want from it, it thrusts itself forward, ticking off 0-to-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The RAM TRX tops out at 118 mph, thanks to an electronic governor. Why? We are clueless as to the reasons.

Especially when this brute with the heart of a Devil is yearning to breathe freely!

2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Review

2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Review

The 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye is Daimler-Chrysler’s er, Chrysler Corporation’s er, Cerberus er, FCA er, Stellantis’ take on keeping a sedan relevant. First it ditched the former Charger’s coupe body style in favor of a four-door sedan loosely based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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The 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye with Red Sky.

Then it brought back the HEMI engine. The original version, available from 1958 to the late seventies, was consigned to the history books as fuel prices and emission levels climbed. At that point, four-cylinder turbocharged Dodge Chargers based on the Dodge Omni became as powerful a charger as we would see in dealership showrooms.

In the early 2000s, the HEMI returned but in a new, more efficient form. Available in 5.7-liter iterations, it grew to a 6.4-liter and now 6.2-liter supercharged version that can produce 717 horsepower as found in the Dodge Charger Hellcat. Somehow, the Hellcat Redeye did some alley-catting after hours and was bitten by an additional 80 horsepower for an otherworldly 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque.

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The 797 horsepower HEMI powering the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye.

Like a Cop Car…on Steroids

The 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye starts as a standard Dodge Charger four-door sedan. You are probably familiar with the tan and black units favored by the Florida Highway Patrol and other police agencies. Luckily Mark Elias Media Services is not familiar with any such agency.

Only this one actually has some serious guts inside. Start with the 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI engine. But make sure the supercharger is larger than the regular Hellcat’s version. Add an extra fuel pump because the HEMI is now more hella thirsty than before. Chip it for a higher redline and beef up many of the internal components. Fit it with the same TorqueFlite 8HP90 8-speed automatic transmission found in the regular Hellcat but this time beef it up with stronger axles and beefier driveshaft.

We’re just getting started. Add launch control, an array of SRT performance applications that mimic a dragstrip Christmas Tree, and a more robust A/C system to cool things down to a more suitable level. Finally, tweak the blower to close its bypass valve for more boost quickly.

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The 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye.

How fast will the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye go?

The result is Hellacious. Factory numbers say the Hellcat Redeye runs from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. We’ve seen it do the deed a tenth faster at 3.5 seconds. That’s 0.3 faster than the non-Redeye model. The standard Dodge Charger Hellcat has a top speed of 196 mph, but Dodge says the new Hellcat Redeye taps out a 203 mph, making it the fastest production sedan in the world!

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The view most will see of the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye.

And all this power isn’t just for straight line speed. There’s also the available Bilstein Adaptive Damping Suspension. Steering is precise, and braking straight and sure. The result is a road racer that can kick equal butt on the twisties.

How does it look?

Start with a hunkered down look thanks to the adjustable Bilsteins. As a result of these and the low profile tires, the Hellcat Redeye is even more aggressive on the Charger than it is on the Challenger. Start with a new front splitter and spoiler that combines with a huge air intake to keep the big mill cool and fed with cold air.

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The 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye.

There’s a blacked out stinger style hood that cuts down on reflection that could flare up on lesser vehicles. A small lip spoiler puts a bit of downforce on the rear wheels. Speaking of wheels, they are blacker than black so you won’t worry too much about brake dust soiling your alloys. At the rear, two exhaust dumps make their way through the rear diffuser. It’s a look that puts the sta’ in stance.

They lead into flares over the wheel wells that allow the use of monster-wide Pirelli P-Zero 305/35ZR20 tires. They aren’t for the faint of heart or wallet, seeing that they check out at $446 apiece. That’s just $1,784 for a set of four. Your right foot has been warned.   

What about inside?

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The 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye business office.

Inside the Charger Hellcat Redeye is a tan leather interior that looks as though it was appropriated from the leatherworks that do the deed for Ferrari. Butterscotch tan, and highly bolstered, it looks good enough to eat. At the center of the dashboard is the Uconnect 4 system complete with 8.4 in touchscreen display. It’s one of the easiest systems to connect to and it actually sounds pretty good so kudos to the electrical engineers behind that!

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The dashboard of the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye.

There are touches of faux carbon fiber throughout, USB ports, a flat-bottom steering wheel and  paddle shift levers where they should be.

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The butterscotch interior of the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye.

There’s plenty of rear seat legroom. Just buckle up, because there ain’t no control from the cheap seats.

Behind the Wheel of the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye.

In a word, thrilling. There are very few cars short of some supercars that can go zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. This one does that and then some, reaching terminal velocity at 203 mph. The beauty of the Hellcat Redeye is that this car struts along like its doing a measly 80 mph.

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The Hellcat Redeye Logo

There’s nothing else like it. Just make sure your insurance premiums are paid up.