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World's fastest ute is ready to rumble! RAM 1500 TRX order books open in Australia

RAM 1500 TRX is ready to rumble

The order books are open for the world's fastest ute, with expressions of interest now open for the RAM 1500 TRX. In fact, the brand is already taking orders - and deposits - despite not yet issuing a price for its halo vehicle.

While the vehicle's price might remain a question mark, we do now know the launch timing, with the HiLux-hammering, Ranger Raptor-rattling pick-up set to officially launch in then second half of this year.

Said to be "inspired by the competition's nightmares" the RAM TRX (T-Rex, because it eats Raptors, get it?) is powered by the same supercharged 6.2-litre V8 as Dodge and Jeep's Hellcat models, producing a staggering 522kW and 868Nm of torque.

And if you think those numbers are impressive, here's one more for you. Despite weighing about the same amount as one of the Opera House's sails, the big truck will 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.

We now know that the TRX will arrive in the second half of 2021 - most likely in the fourth quarter - with RAM in Australia now figuring out how much to charge for a car it has described as its halo model, and which will sit at the tippy-top of the range in Australia.

The brand's focus is currently lasered on the DT 1500 - which is due to launch imminently - but the TRX is next cab of the jumbo truck rank.

But that hasn't stopped customers plonking down orders. CarsGuide understands a number of deposits have been paid by those for whom the final price is an irrelevance.