The Ram TRX 1500 is not aloof the 2021 MotorTrend Barter of the Year—the aberrant third beeline time the Ram marque has won—but the new criterion that all supertrucks charge beat.
“This year marks the aboriginal time in our 70 years of competitions that an automotive cast has taken MotorTrend’s Golden Calipers three after years,” said Mark Rechtin, MotorTrend editor-in-chief. “With the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX afterward the 2019 Ram 1500 and 2020 Ram Heavy Duty, the FCA barter cast has accurate a ascendancy in the light-duty and able auto realms that is absolute astonishing.”
When evaluating this year’s accumulation of new or redesigned cartage for Barter of the Year adjoin the six key criteria—safety, efficiency, value, advance in design, engineering excellence, and achievement of the advised function—the Ram 1500 TRX was the accepted champ for MotorTrend judges. In acceptable this coveted award, the Ram 1500 TRX outperformed four added finalists: the Ford Cool Duty, Jeep Gladiator, Nissan Frontier, and Nissan Titan.
Powering the 1500 TRX is FCA’s abominable Hellcat engine—which is technically alone alleged a Hellcat in Dodge products. This 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 produces 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. But this agent is so abundant added than balance horsepower.
“The Ram offers a exceptional interior, dozens of acute touches, and a smooth-riding abeyance that doesn’t cede the adeptness to do trucky things like booty and tow,” says Rechtin. “Then add the TRX’s 702-horsepower motor and a anatomy that will batter any arid run or off-road aisle into submission, and you’ve created a legend.”
The Ram—despite its able off-road tires—even puts up admirable braking and administration numbers, advancing to a stop from 60 mph in 130 anxiety and lapping the amount eight in 28.4 abnormal at 0.61g average. Numbers are one thing, but the way the TRX feels in the absolute apple is alike added impressive. On road, area the majority of owners will absorb their time, the Ram is one-half cool truck, one-half affluence GT.
Through able engineering solutions, acute design, and new benchmarks for capability, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is a barter that represents a new industry accepted as MotorTrend’s 2021 Barter of the Year.
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