2023 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX Hellcat Truck – Dodge started a trend in 2015 by announcing the launch of the 707-horsepower Hellcat V8 engine in the Challenger SRT at the time. Then, Dodge has gone on to extend to include the Hellcat to the more loved Charger 4 door muscle car in addition to offering widebody versions as well as the much more potent Redeye versions, The Challenger Super Stock, and the even more amazing Jailbreak package. Dodge even (briefly) added the Hellcat inside the Durango. Another benefit from this huge boost in horsepower was both the Jeep as well as the Ram brands. For Jeep, there’s the adored Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. For Ram, it’s the world-changing TRX.
Despite the phenomenal popularity of the Hellcat engine, however, the Fun Police are forcing the 6.2L supercharged V8 of the market, and Dodge must rely on electrification in order to remain within the Stellantis brand portfolio. But this fate might not be awaiting Ram 1500 TRX. At the very least, not now. According to a conversation that Motor Authority had at the 2022 New York auto show with Ram CEO Mike Koval, the Hellcat truck will continue to exist after 2023.
2023 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX Hellcat Truck Review
Koval ensured he gave an exact and concise answer when asked whether the king of dinosaurs could again go extinct following his 2023 modeling year. “No,” was his reply. 2023 is significant because it is the last season of these Dodge Hellcat twins, as stated by the brand’s chief executive Tim Kunskis. According to Koval, the current plan requires the TRX to exist not just beyond 2023 however, it will remain in its present form. Koval did not provide the specific reasons behind why the TRX exists beyond the Hellcats however it appears that it’s the only vehicle that has a Supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine under the hood until 2023.
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It’s possible that some of the Ram TRX remain because emission regulations aren’t as strict as for pickup trucks. However, Koval was coy with the meaning of “its current form” meant. It’s possible to have this desert runner with a high-speed move forward using an alternative powertrain. If that’s true it could be like the model Jeep has in mind to build for its Grand Cherokee. Although the Trackhawk is gone the company is planning to build performance-focused trims which will not be driven by the V8 engine. The brand plans to include an extremely powerful Hurricane I6 twin-turbo engine with electric power to deliver the same performance as a Hellcat. But, definitely not the same sound as the Hellcat.
A standard output form of the brand new Hurricane I6 engine produces 420 horsepower and 486 pounds of torque. The high output version is estimated at 500 lb-ft and 510 ponies. The inclusion of an electric motor can boost the output of the whole unit to over 700 HP. Also, the possibility of electrifying a TRX with or without a plug might be a possibility. However, the only way to determine for certainty is to sit and find out what Ram is planning for the Apex predator.