Ram, a division of FCA in Auburn Hills, has started production of the all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, which got its start in 1953 as a jet engine complex and was operated by the U.S. Army as the Michigan Ordinance Missile Plant.
FCA invested nearly $1.5 billion to retool the facility to build the next-generation Ram 1500 and to support the future growth of the Ram brand. More than 7,200 employees currently build the truck.
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine that the automaker says is the “quickest, fastest, and most powerful mass-produced half-ton pickup truck in the world.”
The engine is rated at 702 horsepower, 650 lb.-ft. of torque, and goes 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph, and offers a top speed of 118 mph.
The first vehicle – VIN No. 001 – is a Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition offered in exclusive Anvil exterior paint that will be auctioned for charity.
“We plan to make (the first vehicle) it available via auction with all proceeds going to charity,” says Mike Koval Jr., head of Ram Brand. “We look forward to providing further details about the auction and how potential buyers can bid on this very special Ram truck early next year.”
Additionally, Ram 1500 TRX VIN No. 001 includes other optional equipment, such as RamBar by Mopar, rock rails by Mopar, bed-mounted tire carrier by Mopar, Trailer Tow Group and Trailer Reverse Steering Control.
The new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX was recently named the winner of the MotorTrend Truck of the Year competition, marking the third consecutive year the Ram brand captured the award. Ram 1500 won in 2019, and Ram Heavy Duty took top honors for 2020.
Commemorating America’s most powerful truck at 702 horsepower, the 2021 1500 TRX Launch Edition is limited to 702 units, which sold out in less than three hours.
The Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition is visually distinguished by its exclusive Anvil Gray paint, and inside, each truck features a special red and brushed-aluminum center console badge identifying it as a limited-edition Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition model.
The Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition package is coupled with the TRX Level 2 Equipment Group, adding carbon fiber interior trim, color accent package, head-up display, beadlock-capable wheels, 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, Advanced Safety Group, and hood and bodyside graphics.
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division. Now offering a full lineup of trucks, the lineup includes the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster, and ProMaster City.