$200,000 performance truck arrives in Australia

TThe Ram 1500 TRX, the ultimate version of the acclaimed American truck series, is priced from $199,950 by the official Australian distributor.

A price tag of about $200,000 was expected for what Ram bills as the world’s fastest mass-produced truck, with a claimed 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) time of 4.5 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds and a top speed of 190 km/h.

While some specialist Australian conversion companies have imported TRX models for sale, this marks its debut through Ram Trucks Australia – the importer officially supported by Ram US.

The TRX, as with other Ram vehicles, is converted from side to side by the Walkinshaw Automotive Group in Melbourne.

The DT Series TRX is powered by a supercharged version of its world-famous Hemi V8, borrowed from vehicles such as the Dodge Charger Hellcat, producing 523 kW and 882 Nm.

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Those outputs are huge increases over the 291 kW/556 Nm offered by the regular 1500’s 5.7-litre normally aspirated Hemi V8. They are also smaller than the new Ford Ranger Raptor, although the 292 kW/583 kW 3.0L twin-turbo V6 Raptor is significantly cheaper at $85,490.

The rest of the powertrain includes a TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic gearbox and a Borg Warner full-time active transfer case to distribute all that power between the axles.

The TRX has a large 29 liter airbox that draws in more than 30 liters of air per minute. Fed by dual intakes — a hood scoop and through the top grille including an enlarged Ram badge that shares the effort — the company says the airbox filters out dirt, sand, debris and water to ensure performance isn’t hampered.

RAM 1500 TRX AU Exterior Front Concrete

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As with the Ranger Raptor and F-150 Raptor, the Ram 1500 TRX is designed to be super fast both on and off road.

The centerpiece of an all-new suspension system is a set of responsive Bilstein Black Hawk e2 large-piston adaptive dampers, electronically controlled valves and remote reservoirs.

Upper and lower wishbones for the independent front suspension are made from forged aluminum, while at the rear a TRX-exclusive multi-link setup is paired with a Dana M250 full floating axle with 3.55:1 gears and an electronic locking differential.

Ram says the Dana axle allows for 330 millimeters of travel — 40 percent more than a regular 1500.

Every corner of the TRX is fitted with exclusive 325/65/R19 all-terrain 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires.

RAM 1500 TRX AU Exterior Antenna 3 QTR Tarmac

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The front axle was moved 20mm forward to accommodate the large wheels. Most of the TRX’s extra 203mm of width over a regular 1500 is due to the flared composite protectors.

Ram’s desert racer is designed to handle big jumps and big obstacles while providing good handling.

The TRX frame – 75 percent new compared to other 1500 variants – is reinforced with thicker, high-strength steel for increased rigidity and durability.

There’s an additional 50mm – 295mm – of ground clearance compared to the rest of the 1500 range, and the TRX has no fewer than five skid plates to protect critical components.

The maximum fording depth is 812 mm.

RAM 1500 TRX AU Exterior Front Rail

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Similar to the Ranger Raptor, the Ram 1500 TRX features a Baja riding mode (from eight selections) to give it “ultimate desert performance.” The TRX’s drive modes allow the driver to adjust parameters including powertrain response, stability control, all-wheel drive system and adaptive dampers.

Jump Detection is an additional feature that Ram says can detect when the TRX is in the air and adjust damping rates, transfer case torque distribution, gear selection and other components to deliver an optimal landing.

For slower, trickier terrain, a low range of 2.64:1 offers respectable creeping power.

The TRX’s rear suspension design is said to provide better articulation than a leaf spring without compromising its carrying and towing capabilities.

The 1500 TRX has a braked towing capacity of 3500 kilograms and a maximum payload of 767 kilograms.

RAM 1500 TRX AU Exterior Rear 34

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Inside, the TRX’s interior is based on the luxury-focused 1500 Limited, but with its own distinctive elements. The all-black interior combines leather and suede, while also incorporating carbon fiber inserts in areas such as the dashboard.

An SRT handlebar comes complete with long aluminum shift paddles.

A dedicated console to the left of the steering wheel groups the drive mode selector, transfer case switches and Launch Control button.

Leather and suede upholstery is fitted to the front and rear seats, which are equipped with heating and ventilation functions.

The only option offered on the TRX is a $10,000 full-length panoramic roof.

The TRX’s 4.5-second 0-100km/h time eclipses the approximately 5.0-second claim of its 2004 predecessor, the Dodge Ram SRT-10. However, the two-door, rear-wheel drive SRT-10, powered by an 8.3-liter V10 from the Dodge Viper and only left-hand drive, had a higher top speed of 241 km/h.

2022 RAM 1500 RANGE

1500 Express Quad Cab – $82,950 (4th Gen DS)

1500 Express Crew Cab – $95,950 (4th Gen DS)

1500 Express Double Cab RamBox – $100,450 (4th Gen DS)

1500 Warlock Crew Cab – $106,950 (4th Gen DS)

1500 Warlock Crew Cab RamBox – $111,950 (4th Gen D.)

1500 Laramie Crew Cab – $123,900 (5th generation DT)

1500 Laramie Crew Cab RamBox – $128,850 (5th Gen DT)

1500 Limited Crew Cab – $138,950 (5th generation DT)

1500 Limited Crew Cab RamBox – $148,950 (5th Gen DT)

1500 TRX – $199,950 (5th Gen DT)

*Prices do not include costs en route

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