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Secret super ute touches down: First RAM 1500 TRX slips quietly into Australia as world's fastest truck prepares for launch

Ram Trucks Australia has begun testing the 1500 TRX.

The first examples of the RAM 1500 TRX have slipped into Australia for examination and testing as the world's fastest tuck edges closer to a local launch.

The bananas pick-up truck - billed as the world's quickest - is currently being examined in Ram Trucks' Melbourne facility as the brand prepares for left- to right-hand-drive remanufacturing for a model that will out-punch Australia's favourite utes, including the Toyota HiLux and the Ford Ranger Raptor.

It means Australia will soon have a new pick-up hero, with the TRX powered by the same supercharged 6.2-litre V8 as Dodge and Jeep's Hellcat models, producing a staggering 522kW and 868Nm of torque.

The engineering inspection - essentially to determine exactly what is required to produce right-hand-drive models on home soil - is the next step towards the vehicle's launch, which is expected to be in the second half of this year.

In fact, the order books have essentially opened for the world's fastest ute, with expressions of interest being taken for the TRX. In fact, the brand is already taking orders - and deposits - despite not yet issuing a price for its halo vehicle.

The big truck should redefine the idea of ute performance, able to scream to 100km/h in a claimed 4.5 seconds. That's enough for RAM Australia to declare it the "quickest, fastest and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world".

The TRX also scores 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in All-Terrain rubber, and an upgraded suspension set-up with independent front and Dana 60 solid rear axles with Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive dampers.

Ride height has increased by 51mm, with ground clearance now 300mm, while wading depth is 813mm. Approach, departure and breakover angles are 30.2, 23.5 and 21.9 degrees respectively. Maximum payload is 594kg, while maximum braked towing capacity is 3674kg.