Rumors about Stellantis’ twin-turbo six-cylinder Hurricane engine replacing the Hellcat supercharged V8 have been around for a while. However, this is the first time we see what appears to be a prototype of the 2025 Ram 1500 TRX sporting a Hurricane six-cylinder engine.
The limited run that is the 2024 Ram TRX Final Edition officially marks the end of the line for the pickup truck in the Hellcat-powered form we know and love.
The prototype 2025 Ram TRX was recently caught on camera driving around in Michigan (the video comes from KGP Photography via americanmusclehd on Instagram). And the soundtrack of the vehicle lacks the traditional V8 rumble. Instead, this TRX test vehicle sounds like it packs a six-cylinder engine, with the Hurricane straight-six being the obvious choice here.
Keep in mind that Stellantis’ Hurricane 3.0L twin-turbo straight-six is already offered on the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, portrayed here with wood grain vinyl graphics. This can also be had as a crate engine, with its most potent version churning out 550 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque.
And while those numbers are solid, they’re still no match for the Hellcat supercharged V8’s 702 hp, so perhaps the 2025 Ram TRX will get an even more powerful Hurricane straight-six. As for the gearbox, the TRX should inherit the eight-speed automatic serving the Hurricane on the Jeep Wagoneer models.
2025 Ram 1500 (TRX) facelift: exterior and interior
Engine aside, the prototype we have here comes with camouflaged front and rear ends. This falls in line with our expectations of the Ram 1500, which has been in production since 2018 (2019MY) getting a revamp for the 2025 model year.
The updates for the truck include revised headlights, while the front grille and bumper will also be redesigned, as hinted by the camouflage covering the nose of the vehicle. At the other end, the cosmetic changes of the 2025 Ram 1500 (TRX) facelift will include the taillights and probably also the bumper and the tailgate details. Of course, you should also expect new wheel designs.
As for the interior of the 2025 Ram 1500 (TRX), the facelift should bring a fully digital instrument cluster. The infotainment system will also be updated compared to the 12.0-inch unit currently on sale.
Despite the expected cylinder count drop, the 2025 Ram 1500 TRX should carry a price tag of at least $85,000. That was the starting price for the 2023 Ram TRX, with the fully equipped 2024 TRX Final Edition pushing it all the way to $119,620 by also betting on collectible value.
Twin-Turbo Hurricane straight-six Ram TRX vs Ford F-150 Raptor
The 2025 Ram TRX going down the six-cylinder route would put it on par with the Ford F-150 Raptor, a 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6-powered truck offered with a starting price of $76,000. Of course, we must also mention the TRX-inspired F-150 Raptor R (here it is with nitrous), whose 700 hp 5.2L supercharged V8 commands a price of around $110,000.
As stated in the intro, Ram isn’t the only brand expected to replace the Hellcat 6.2L supercharged V8 with the Hurricane 3.0L twin-turbo straight-six, as the Dodge Challenger and/or Charger are also expected to be updated in this fashion, being offered alongside the upcoming 2024 Charger Daytona EV that’s on track to becoming the first-ever electric muscle car.
And while we’re discussing the future of American performance cars, here’s the 2025 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1, with its twin-turbo 5.5L flat-plane crank LT7 V8, being too loud for the Nurburgring!