Which one is the coolest and the baddest new super truck? In this ‘TFL SEMA Insider’ episode, I take a look at four of the latest pickup truck from Chevrolet, Toyota, Ford, and Ram. This time is the new Chevy Beast, Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Chase truck, the Ford Raptor ADD, and the Ram TRX RexRunnder.
Chevy Silverado Beast
The Beast is a concept truck that makes its debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV. It may look like a full-size side-by-side or a Halo Warthog, but it shows off what’s possible It starts with a Silverado 1500 frame, but it’s been shortened to offer very good approach, breakover, and departure angles.
It has a long-travel suspension with a multi-link rear with coil springs and FOX shocks. It’s riding on 37-inch tall tires. It has a supercharged LT4 Chevy Performance 6.2L V8 engine with 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
We don’t know if Chevrolet will use some components from this concept truck for an upcoming production model, but we hope they do.
Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Chase
Toyota’s TRD division collaborated with an off-road truck builder on this widebody new 2022 Tundra concept truck with modified long-travel suspension and 37-inch tall tires. It starts as a new 3rd-gen Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. The team at TRD then went on to design customized front and rear suspension components to increase the suspension travel. Custom carbon-fiber front fenders and rear bed sides were created to widen the truck by two inches on each side and cover the big 37-inch tires.
Just like the production TRD Pro, this concept truck is using FOX shocks. Under the hood is a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain with 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmision.
Will Toyota make with widebody kit and suspension system available for sale from the factory or a dealer-installed option? We hope so. In the mean time, Toyota plans to offer a 3-inch TRD suspension lift kit that can accommodate a 35-inch tall tire.
Ford Raptor ADD
The 3rd-generation Raptor is already on sale. It now offers an optional 37-inch off-road tire package from the factory. Under the hood is the same 3.5L twin-turbo H.O. V6 that was there in the 2nd-generation. It’s rated at 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The new 2021 Raptor uses FOX 3.1 shocks and a 5-link rear suspension with coil springs. The 2021 Raptor starts at around $65,000 and the Raptor 37 package currently has an MSRP north of $80,000 mark.
Ram TRX RexRunner
Finally, Ram brought a TRX RexRunner concept truck to the show. It a TRX on 37-inch tall tires that shows off several other Mopar accessories. Some of the concept accessories include the wheels, front skid plate that improves the approach angle, and a new rear skid plate where the spare tire used to be. The 37-inch spare can be mounted in the bed of the truck.
The RexRunner still has a 6.2L supercharged V8 under the hood with a rating of 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The TRX is riding on Bilsten shocks and a long-travel 5-link rear axle suspension with coil springs.
It’s not clear if or when Ram will offer the TRX 37-inch tire package from the factory or as a dealer-installed option.
The Ram TRX starts at around $72,000, and MSRP pricing can go up above $95,000 with all the luxury options.
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