It will take a new generation of fully-electric trucks to unseat the mighty TRX.
If you wanted a sports car and a truck, you used to have to purchase two separate vehicles. Ram destroyed that idea with the arrival of the insanely powerful 1500 TRX pickup earlier this year, a 702-horsepower truck that easily dispenses with the Ford F-150 Raptor off the line. That output comes from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat's 6.2-liter supercharged V8. Yes, it's not going to compete with a Mustang on the track, but if the road is straight, the TRX leaves all other trucks for dead.
When it was unveiled, Ram claimed that the TRX would reach 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, but it turns out that the pickup is even quicker than this - and by a surprisingly wide margin.
As reported by The Detroit News, the Ram 1500 TRX completed the benchmark sprint in an astonishing 3.9 seconds in its first media test in Nevada, beating Ram's own claim by 0.6 seconds. This makes the 1500 TRX the first sub-four-second production pickup in the world. That's on tarmac, but on a mix of dirt and gravel, the TRX is still faster than most trucks with a 0-60 time of just 5.1 seconds.
Along with the upcoming new F-150 Raptor - which could make use of the Mustang Shelby GT500's 760-hp V8 - the TRX 1500 leads a new wave of super trucks with massively powerful engines, but their reign could be short-lived, and that's all thanks to EVs.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is one such electric pickup which was revealed earlier this week. Producing 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque, it should be capable of reaching 60 mph in around three seconds. Another example is the Rivian R1T, an electric truck that will also be able to reach 60 in around three seconds.
For now, though, it's pretty awesome to hear that supercharged whine coming from beneath the hood of a big truck as the scenery blurs by from your elevated seating position. The TRX 1500 receives a unique suspension with active damping, a limited-slip differential, and an axle-hop damper, so it's just as capable in off-road conditions. For the time being, though, it's this truck's blistering acceleration that stands out the most.