2020 Ram 1500 TRX Caught Roaming the Mountains: Spied

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There's been plenty of speculation surrounding the on-again/off-again status of the dramatic-looking 2020 Ram 1500 TRX, first shown to a drooling media audience in Rebel trim as a concept in Texas. Now it seems there is both visual and audio proof that the big V-8-powered half-ton pickup truck already has received the green light and should be on dealer lots in a little over a year. Here's what our spy shooters just sent us.

"Today we caught up to a mule for the Ram 1500 TRX in northern Arizona.

"This particular half ton was caught testing alongside a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Our photographer can also confirm that the pickup was packing a Hellcat engine as it emitted a glorious Hellcat whine as the engineer tried to flee from our photographer.

"The TRX mule, here dressed in Bighorn trim, had aftermarket Fuel rims and some sort of frame rail support/bracket that extends from the axle area all the way to the rear doors, suggesting the Ram rear end needs extra support to handle all of that torque. Ram debuted the Rebel TRX concept at the State Fair of Texas back in 2016.

"A source familiar with the project has confirmed to us that the TRX will get the full 707-horsepower of the Hellcat and not the detuned 575-hp version seen in the concept. Expect an official debut sometime in 2019."

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Comments

I'm glad to see this happening, but cringe at what the TRX will probably cost. I'm guessing more than 70K. That's why I'm hoping that RAM will also release the TR with the naturally aspirated 7.0L (426 cubic inches) engine. That should cost a bit less and be plenty of fun.

Back in the day I had a Powerwagon with a 6 cylinder, took about 4 hours to drop in a 440 with dual 4barrels. Wonder why this is taking so long....

Great job Ram! Why don't Ford or GM offer a competing model?

Where can you buy a Ram TRX?

That’s right, you can’t. Seems Ram doesn’t offer one.

Idiot papajim

get back to your sheep and shut up

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Can you imagine the dismal MPG this thing will get, in addition, the Raptor will take it's lunch on & off road.

Good luck RAM.

"some sort of frame rail support/bracket that extends from the axle area all the way to the rear doors, suggesting the Ram rear end needs extra support to handle all of that torque. "

So it has traction bars...?

Nice but there will be a catch to it. Off-road use only.

Is it me but this off road package crap like Raptor, ZR2, and TRD are just a marketing ploy. I see more of these vehicles on public roads then off road. Most guys buying these trucks buy them for the looks and not for their off road capability. They are pavement pounders not dirt, rock, gravel, or sand pounders.

@ tntgmc Don't worry GM agrees with you. They have taken low range out of the mall crawlers known as GM trucks.

Fake papajim.

@ FIF

You do realize that every comparison test has had the ZR2 beat the Raptor right?

You want to try and argue with me but you have no facts to back up your comments. Shows how pathetic your attempts are.

And it still doesn't change the statement that I made. More people buy these trucks just for their looks and stature, instead of actually taking them off-road. I mean I took kids to Disney World at end of May and I saw atleast 5 Raptors, 10 TRDs Tacomas, and around 4 Zr2's sitting int he parking lot.

@ FIF

You do realize that every comparison test has had the ZR2 beat the Raptor right?

You want to try and argue with me but you have no facts to back up your comments. Shows how pathetic your attempts are.

And it still doesn't change the statement that I made. More people buy these trucks just for their looks and stature, instead of actually taking them off-road. I mean I took kids to Disney World at end of May and I saw atleast 5 Raptors, 10 TRDs Tacomas, and around 4 Zr2's sitting int he parking lot.

TNTGMC, I have a ZR2, the reason I bought it was like the Raptor, it rides so much smoother on city streets/ highway and dirt wash board roads then a regular or lifted F-150 or Colorado.

If I bought a regular Colorado/Canyon to get the same ride height as my ZR2 it would ride like crap.

When we test drove the Colorado's, we drove a Z71, then the ZR2, may 57 year old wife said it was a no brainer. It hauls all my hunting gear and tows my bass boat just fine. I see guys with 3/4 ton trucks hauling the same stuff as I do....

Fake

Crap? What is crap?? Sounds like four year old talk.

@ Dave

Thats my point is that many guys buying these trucks don't take them OFF road all the time like there intended purposes. I love the looks of all 3 of these trucks. I was just pointing out that I see more of these trucks pounding pavement and not their intended purposes!

Glad you love your truck. I think they are sweet looking. Guy down street has one and has said same thing as you, that they ride as well as they look. Pretty fantastic for an "supposed" off roader!

@ tntgmc Why rant about what people buy and how they use it. This is a free country. Was it you did not like me pointing out GM trucks were not all going to have 4wd low range.

This truck will be good for everyone. It’s a proper competitor for the raptor. Maybe GM, Toyota & Nissan will see fit to jump into this game? I’m sure it’s got to be expensive to develop these halo vehicles. But it builds competition within the engineering departments and hopefully gives us better products overall.

Well, if it has the same engine as the hellcat, and the hellcat has a manual transmission option, and considering the old SRT10 rams had the same 6 speed as the viper...

I shouldn't get my hopes up, but just maybe...

(Oh, and the Lightning F150 never had a manual)

I like that dual exhaust concept! The engine must be very exciting.



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