The Ram 1500 TRX is already a huge, powerful, eye-catching truck thanks to its beefy fenders and supercharged V-8. Do you want it to stand out more? The new Havoc Edition is ready to help. Colored in a bright yellow livery, the TRX Havoc Edition will be noticed wherever you drive or park. Could the new Ford Raptor R and its forced V8 engine have something to do with this sudden burst of extroversion from Ram? Your guess is as good as ours, but let’s see if the Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition helps the TRX stay in the supertruck hunt.
Stirring a little chaos
The whole thing about the 2023 Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition is that it gives buyers a new look. According to Ram, the Havoc offers “more personalization” with a “unique combination of technology, graphics, performance and looks”. From the full description of the truck, we wonder what the “performance” part is, aside from the fact that it’s a 702 horsepower TRX.
Outside, the Havoc Edition is shot in a very bright Baja yellow that is a perfect contrast to the black graphics package and stock finish. It also comes factory equipped with the TRX Level Two Equipment Group, which includes 18-inch all-black beadlock-compatible wheels, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, spray-in bed liner, cargo tie-down points, a bed step and an LED high brake light to assemble.
Inside, it’s a mix of leather, Prowler Yellow accents and carbon fiber. That Prowler Yellow is found on the seats’ accent stitching, TRX embroidery on the seatbacks, and on the center console and dash. The armrest has Alcantara on the resting surface, along with the Havoc Edition TRX badge that lists each truck’s chassis number, horsepower, engine, supercharger, and boost pressure, just like in the standard TRX, albeit with the Baja Yellow -font style. That same hue makes its way to the instrument cluster display and head-up display, which shows animations of the TRX in – you guessed it – Baja Yellow. The driver keeps this wild Ram under control with the TRX’s steering wheel, which has a flat bottom while wrapped in leather, carbon fiber and Prowler Yellow accent stitching.
A disruptive performance that hasn’t changed
If you’re wondering if the Havoc Edition is wreaking havoc under the hood of the TRX, you’re not alone. The engine, drivetrain and suspension are all the same, so performance should be identical to the stock Ram 1500 TRX. A supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 with 702 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque, an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive remain standard. Each TRX also gets a much stiffer frame than non-TRX 1500 models, as well as 2.5-inch Bilstein dampers with remote reservoirs and electronic valving adjustments. The TRX is an extremely capable off-road truck and one of our favorites to this day, so it’s no bad thing that the Havoc Edition is essentially the same, even if we wish there was a little more mayhem.
Still the fastest and fastest production truck?
While Ram continues to claim that the 2023 1500 TRX is the “fastest, fastest, most powerful mass-produced truck in the world,” the performance numbers of the 2023 Ford Raptor R show that this could be up for debate. In our testing, the Blue Oval ultimate off-road truck has proven to be two mph faster in top speed, 0.4 second faster to 60 mph, and faster in the quarter mile by 0.7 second and 4.5 mph than the TRX. The Ford’s 700-horsepower, 640-lb-ft Predator V-8 tows about 700 pounds less in trucks, so in addition to being faster than the TRX, it can pull and haul more.
That view of the Raptor R’s taillights will remain the same from the driver’s seat of the Havoc Edition TRX, unless the yellow paint can add a few horsepower. However, there is one arena in which the Ram 1500 TRX Havoc Edition beats the Raptor R: At $106,445, it’s $2,700 cheaper than the Predator-ized Ford pickup. This is also a limited edition model that Ram says will go on sale in early Q1 2023. How many units they are building was not revealed in the release.