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No, The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Does Not Have a Hellcat V-8

But It Does Still Have a 702 Horsepower Supercharged Engine.

The centerpiece of the all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is its supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine. It pumps out 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, and it is a straight-up beast. But there's still something that most people should have noticed as missing, and that's any mention of the word "Hellcat."

If you've been on Facebook or any of the multitude of Internet forums this week, you've likely seen reference to the Ram TRX's "Hellcat" engine, or it even referred to as the "Hellcat Ram" or "Ram Hellcat." But if you look at any of the official literature from Ram, there is zero reference to "Hellcat" despite the fact that the truck sports the same supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine as the Dodge Charger and Challenger.

Why is this you ask? The explanation is actually incredibly simple. Although both Ram and Dodge are FCA brands, the "Hellcat" engine designation is exclusive to the Dodge brand. Case in point, the Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Durango—along with the Jeep Grand Cherokee—are all available with the same supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine as the TRX. However, only the Charger, Challenger, and Durango carry the "Hellcat" name and badging. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk simply receives a "Supercharged" badge.

There is one telltale sign that these are all the same engine, however, and it's located on the front of the supercharger cover. All of the supercharged 6.2L V-8 engines, regardless of the brand they're installed in, receive the same "SRT" badge along with the original "Hellcat" logo. If there was any doubt, this should cement that they are all in fact "Hellcat" engines; just don't call the TRX one.

Why So Little Horsepower Then?

Hearing the word "Hellcat" conjures up thoughts of the number 707 among automotive enthusiasts of all types. This is because when Dodge first debuted the monster engine in 2015, it was the most powerful engine built by Dodge and the most powerful ever installed in a factory sports car. Since then, the company has offered a "Demon" version that made 808 hp (840 hp on race gas), a "Red Eye" version that pumped out 797 hp. In 2018, Jeep used the 707 hp version of the "Hellcat" engine in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. And for 2021 Dodge will be placing a 710 hp version in the Durango.

So, why only 702 hp for the TRX? Simple: Ram claims that this was not a tuning decision, rather the loss of 5 hp was caused by the complex and incredibly long— in comparison to the sedans—exhaust system needed on the TRX pickup. Can we please suggest to Ram an optional side-exit exhaust to correct this injustice?