Ram Wants You to Rebel With the 2021 TRX

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
ram wants you to rebel with the 2021 trx

Oh, it’s really official now. The supercharged, off-road-ready sport truck previewed by a concept vehicle four years ago is almost here, and Ram now has a landing page for it.

Appearing for the 2021 model year, the Ram Rebel TRX is a full-size 1500 with a heart transplant from a Dodge Hellcat donor. Squarely in its sights is the Ford F-150 Raptor, a model that’s dominated the niche it carved out for itself for too long.

There’s plenty of action in the extra-burly midsize field, but full-size truck buyers who really want to kick up dust are left with either the Raptor or a bunch of rivals that don’t come close to its performance. Ram aims to change that.

The TRX debuts in late summer, the brand announced Thursday. Is it a coincidence that this news came on the same day Ford plans to launch its next-generation F-150? Doubtful!

Spy photos and a plethora of rumors made Ram’s announcement far from shocking. It was known last year that the TRX was a go.

It’s not a mirage. https://t.co/CZSAFgLBZZ

Ram TRX | Late Summer 2020 pic.twitter.com/Ck2fT1rRII

— Ram Trucks (@RamTrucks) June 25, 2020

Nothing to see in the above teaser, sadly.

Back in 2016, Ram unleashed the Rebel TRX Concept on attendees of the Texas State Fair, tempting them with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 borrowed from Dodge’s muscle car family, aggressive handling, muscular suspension, and thrill ride-worthy harnesses for the truck’s occupants. Bulging fenders cast shade on oversized all-terrain rubber spaced half a foot further apart, thanks to a wider track.

That concept carried a 575-horse version of the supercharged 6.2L. It’s believed that, for the production model, Fiat Chrysler will reach into the parts bin and source a 707 hp (and 650 lb-ft) mill from the “lesser” of the Hellcats, mating it to an eight speed automatic.

With this kind of power on tap, Ram would be able to kick sand in Ford’s face, which is something Ram very much wants to do. The Raptor boasts an extra potent version of the brand’s 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6, generating 450 hp and 510 lb-ft.

Alas, at this point there’s little to share in terms of details. The TRX’s recipe is well known; whether it emerges from Ram’s oven fully baked remains to be seen.

[Image: Matthew Guy/TTAC]

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  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Jun 25, 2020

    TRX?? I associate that name with an odd-sized Michelin tire that's so hard to find you end up on ebay searching for a set of standard rims. What was wrong with Warlock, Ramcharger, or even Li'l Red Truck? I'm kind of surprised FCA didn't resurrect an old Mopar name for this one.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 26, 2020

    Why would anyone compare this to the Raptor? The Raptor has good suspension. The Ram Rebel "air ride" freezes up in the cold and overheats when run hard. The "hellcat Rebel" is going to be a 4x4 version of the V12 SRT pickup. It is rumored that Ford is already planning to put a version of the GT500 V8 in the Raptor. I'd rather see a Raptor Ranger and Raptor Bronco anyways.

  • El scotto Huge lumbering SUV? Check. Unknown name soon to be made popular by Tiktok ilk? Check. Scads of these showing up in school drop-off lines? Check. The only real over/under is if these will have as much cachet as Land Rovers themselves? A bespoken item had to be new at one time. Bonus "accepted by the right kind of people" points if EBFlex or Tassos disapproves.
  • El scotto No, "brothers and sisters" are the core strength of the union. So you'll take less money and less benefits because "my company really needs helped out"? The UAW already did that with two-tier employees and concessions on their last contract.The Big 3 have never, ever locked out the UAW. The Big 3 have agreed to every collective bargaining agreement since WWII. Neither side will change.
  • El scotto Never mind that that F-1 is a bigger circus than EBFlex and Tassos shopping together for their new BDSM outfits and personal lubricants. Also, the F1 rumor mill churns more than EBFlex's mind choosing a new Sharpie to make his next "Free Candy" sign for his white Ram work van. GM will spend a year or two learning how things work in F1. By the third or fourth year GM will have a competitive "F-1 LS" engine. After they win a race or two Ferrari will protest to highest F-1 authorities. Something not mentioned: Will GM get tens of millions of dollars from F-1? Ferrari gets 30 million a year as a participation trophy.
  • El scotto None of them. The auto industry is full of people with huge egos. It's a case of huge ego = never ever being wrong.GM: The true believers end up at Bowling Green. A fast rising GM executive that just didn't quite make it: Truck & Bus, Fort Wayne isn't really that far from Detroit!Ford: Billy Ford once again, and it seems perpetually, convincing his doubtful relatives not to sell their preferred stock. I give VW a 50/50 shot at buying out Ford; a family buying out another family.Tesla: Straight from Elon: "My Tesla has hidden compartments for handcuffs, ask my latest girlfriend where they're located"Stellantis: Get used to flying to Schiphol. You'll have luggage, lots of luggage.None of the Big 3 will ever admit they were wrong. Tesla will just keep gaining market share.
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