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TRX RAMs it home

Riley Riley

Here it is. The fastest, most powerful mass-produced truck in the world — the Ram 1500 TRX.

Ram TRX is designed to rule the road and dominate off road, with a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 HEMI that dishes out an impressive 523kW of power and 882Nm of torque.

With launch control; the dash from 0-100km/h takes just 4.5 seconds, the quarter mile comes up in 12.9 seconds and it has a top speed of 190km/h.

TRX is also equipped with Jump Detection, which uses wheel-speed and ride-height sensors and accelerometers at each corner to identify when the vehicle is airborne and acts to prevent driveline-damaging power spikes.

Acting in milliseconds, it modifies engine speed and torque, gear selection, transfer case torque split, damping rates and other powertrain and suspension components through the landing to deliver optimum performance.

TRX uses performance-tuned software to pre-configure and distinguish five dynamic modes – Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow and Custom – enabling drivers to choose a vehicle setting that ideally meets their requirements and ambient conditions.

The drive modes separately control the four-wheel-drive system, throttle response, transmission, paddle shifters, suspension and the electric power steering.

All modes use active slip control that prevents binding and excessive slip from front to rear.
  
TRX also features three dynamic off-road modes – Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja – enabling drivers to choose a setting that best fits the terrain around them.

Baja mode calibrates the four-wheel-drive and steering systems, stability control, paddle shifters and suspension, delivering maximum capability on undulating, loose surfaces.

TRX is 203mm wider than the standard Ram 1500, with composite fender flares to help to compensate for a 152mm increase in track and a wheel that is 228mm wide.

The front axle was shifted 20mm forward to accommodate the 35-inch Goodyear Territory All-Terrain tyres designed exclusively for this model.

All-new, unique suspension with active damping, inspired by desert off-road racers, incorporates Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive dampers, forged aluminium front upper and lower control arms with special attention to caster and camber angles during suspension cycling.

New independent front suspension system with active damping uses high-strength aluminium to maintain overall strength and durability.

Ground clearance of 295mm is due in part to a 50mm ride height increase, with up to 812mm of water fording ability, up to 3500kg maximum braked towing and up to 767kg of payload.

A new BorgWarner 48-13 full-time active transfer case features upgraded internals for improved strength and durability, with a low range of 2.64:1 for rock crawling and can be flat-towed while in neutral.

TRX uses a Dana 60 solid rear axle with a 3.55 ratio featuring full-floating hubs and axle-hop damper for improved traction and axle control on rough surfaces.

An electronic locking rear differential is standard for increased performance off-road.

Uconnect 5C NAV with a class-exclusive portrait 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen is standard equipment and offers a custom listening experience through an audiophile-quality 900-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system – the finest and most powerful audio system available in a pick-up truck

Numerous active and passive safety and security features, including ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and six air bags, Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control, Ready Alert Braking and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, available.

The Ram 1500 TRX is priced from $199,950.

 

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