Back when the Dodge Hellcat lineup was first unveiled, I joked that it was only a matter of time before that hulking supercharged V8 made its way into every vehicle its parent company builds.
While my hopes of a Chrysler 200 Hellcat have been sorely dashed, that whining lump did eventually find a strange bedfellow in the Ram 1500 pickup.
The result is the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, and while it defies common sense, I've been having way too much fun to notice.
Some more hardcore vehicles eschew the usual panoply of active and passive safety systems, but most of the good stuff is available in the TRX.
In addition to standard forward-collision warning, my tester has a $995 package that adds emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capabilities and lane-keeping assist.
Stellantis' high-horsepower offerings are not cheap, and the 2021 Ram TRX is no exception.
Its starting price of $71,690 (including $1,695 for destination) leapfrogs the Challenger and Charger Hellcat twins, and with a hefty dose of options, my tester rings in at an eye-watering $87,370
You could buy a real sports car for that much.
But there's nothing quite like the Ram TRX. The Hellcat's 6.2-liter V8 has always been something special but throwing it into a pickup truck results in a vehicle that exceeds the sum of its parts, delivering equal doses of high performance and hilarity.
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