By James Raia
Production of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, the latest edition of the brand’s three straight years of Truck of the Year honors by MotorTrend, has started at the manufacturer’s facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
The TRX is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine with 702 horsepower, 650 lb.-ft. of torque performance, 0-60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. The top speed for the industry’s most performance-oriented half-ton pickup truck is 118 mph.
The Ram 1500 won the prestigious truck title two years ago; the Heavy Duty edition took top honors in 2020.
Adorned in exclusive Anvil exterior paint, the new 1500 TRX debut VIN No. 001 is a launch edition. It will be auctioned for charity, with details available in early 2021.
Ram trucks have history
The brand launched as a stand-alone division in 2009 and now has a full lineup of trucks: the 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City.
For RVers, Ram trucks include the following specifications: 1,075 lb.-ft. of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel; towing capacity of 37,100 lbs. with Ram 3500; Segment’s first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel; payload of 7,680 lbs. with the Ram 3500.
Last year, the truck group sold 633,994 units, second only to dominating Ford. The manufacturer had an 18 percent increase from 2018. Ford’s pickup truck lineup collective had a 1 percent total sales loss.
The Chevrolet Silverado was the third-best seller, followed by the GMC Sierra and Toyota Tundra.
James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: email@example.com.