The Ram 1500 TRX is designed to do a lot of things right, but being a track star isn’t one of them. The big, beefy pickup certainly has the power to turn heads in the paddock, but it’s designed to tame rough off-road terrain, not hairpin turns on smooth pavement. The limitations of the truck, however, don’t deter a YouTuber from picking up the pickup somewhere it should never go – the Nurburgring.
There were concerns if officials would even allow the pickup on the trail. It’s big, and it’s loud, although officials didn’t think about it when the TRX rolled over the Nürburgring. It packs the punch to overtake dedicated track cars, although it wallows in the corners where its all-terrain suspension struggles to keep the pickup stuck. You can hear the tires squealing in some cases, with at least one skid mark left on the famous track after a particular turn.
The TRX packs a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under the hood that produces a jaw-dropping 702 horsepower (523 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (881 newton-meters) of torque. It gives the truck stellar acceleration, hitting 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in a quick 4.5 seconds, though the brakes can’t do much to slow down and stop the 6,396-pound pickup. They heat up so much during the tour that they smoke. Another limitation is the maximum speed of the truck, which is 118 mph (190 km / h).
The TRX is a performance truck, even if it is designed for a specific purpose. The grueling demands of the race track are far different from the demands of uncharted land, which is why it’s so fun to see the TRX on the Nürburgring. It’s a vehicle out of water situation as it weaves its way through performance coupes, hot hatches, and dedicated race cars. It towers above other vehicles on the track, with a hood taller than most roofs.
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