Wreaking Havoc: Ram Introduces New Trim for TRX

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Ever the brand to produce the most in-yer-face variants of vehicles that already register on the Richter Scale of Aggression, Ram is amping up its 700 horsepower pickup truck by introducing the 2023 Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition.

It’s yellow. Did you notice?

Ram is promising the Havoc will provide a “unique combination of technology, graphics, performance, and exterior appearance straight from the factory”. This sounds great, though we’re left to idly wonder if this is simply a TRX dipped in a pot of screaming yellow paint with a few extra stickers and some new trim pieces added to the interior. 

Starting with a TRX loaded up avec the Level 2 Equipment Group (Harman Kardon sound system, heads-up display, rear heated seats, and surround view camera gear, et al), Ram goes ahead and slathers on a unique Baja Yellow exterior color, applies a graphics package, then installs 18-inch all-black beadlock-capable wheels. Inside, the TRX Havoc Edition includes Prowler Yellow accent stitching (hey; is that a callback to the OG Prowler?), an embroidered TRX log on its seat backs, unique carbon fiber trim accents, jazzy flat–bottom steering wheel, plus a center console badge which is specific to the truck.

Vague mentions were made to this thing’s most important feature – its powertrain – by way of simply saying the truck’s “high-performance 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 engine [delivers] top output for extended driving sessions without degradation in performance.” That sure sounds like a swipe at outsized electric pickup trucks like the Hummer EV, eh? Absent specifics about horsepower and torque, we will go with the stock TRX numbers of 702 horses and 650 lb.-ft of torque. These are numbers at which no one should sneeze but perhaps Ram is feeling heat from 1,000 horsepower EVs and the new 700-horse Raptor R; this would explain the lack of concrete numbers at this time (so would a surprise bump in output that Ram is not eager to divulge so far ahead of this truck’s official debut).

Price? Try $106,445 including destination. This is right on top of a Raptor R and only a couple of thousand bucks adrift of a loaded TRX painted any color other than yellow (we’ll take Hydro Blue, by the way). 

New 2023 Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition models, available in unspecified limited quantities, go on sale early in the first quarter of 2023.

[Images: Ram]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Cprescott Cprescott on Dec 21, 2022

    Meanwhile Chevrolet is so proud of its revised less ugly front end and dashboard. Ram is cleaning Chevrolet's clock.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Dec 22, 2022

    Coming to a douche bag near you....

  • Corey Lewis The short truck is terrible. The tire blocks all rear visibility while making the tiny bed very tricky to access. And the wheels on it look like they're from 2002. Other than that, I really like the idea of the Grenadier and it seems like a good effort. I wouldn't buy one because of the tractor recirculating ball steering, which makes it terrible in everyday use.
  • Bjohnson10 Coast to Coast by the Jesus and Mary Chain. It's only about someone on a cross-country motorcycle trip while high on heroin.
  • Funky D A few from my road trip playlist: Eddie Rabbitt - Drivin' My Life AwayAmerica - Ventura Highway---Herb Alpert - Route 101Jerry Reed - East Bown and DownEddie Money - Shakin'Lindey Buckingham - Holiday RoadWar - Low RiderTears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Not a driving song per se, but if you've seen the video, you'll get it)Wang Chung - Wait (Gotta see the end credits of "To Live and Die in LA", for this one)
  • Ronin Or can sedans be saved from themselves? Modern sedans have very low entry and seating, and unnecessarily downward sloping rear roofs. This may have been a sleek design center 25 years ago, but it's nice to have an alternative to SUVs for the olds (ie, anyone over 30).
  • Bd2 The Hyundai Sonota is the best sedan on the market right now.