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1,012-horsepower Hennessey version of Ram TRX debuts

The Hennessey Mammoth 1000 SUV is a beefed up version of the Ram TRX.

Photo courtesy of Hennessey Performance

It's big. How big is it? MAMMOTH. The Hennessey Mammoth 1000 SUV is grand creation that is a lot of what enthusiasts would want from a modern Dodge Ramcharger.

"I have a big family with five kids and have always enjoyed owing big, powerful SUV's. In 2012 we converted the first-generation Ford Raptor into our VelociRaptor SUV – I still own one today and love it," said John Hennessey, company founder and CEO: "Now, we are excited to offer something very similar, but with a lot more horsepower, using the new Ram TRX truck as our base vehicle. Creating this king of SUVs offers our customers the ultimate combination of space, power and exclusivity."

The Texas-based high-performance vehicle manufacturer started with a 2021 Ram TRX and added bespoke bodywork. The truck was turned into an SUV with the addition of a C-pillar and an elongated roofline. This has allowed the company to install sizable rear side windows and a rear windscreen, and have a good amount of luggage space behind the added third row of seats.

The Mammoth Off Road package that has been installed includes a 2.5-inch lift, custom front bumper with LED lights, 20-inch Hennessey 10-spoke wheels, 35-inch off-road tires, and a. front suspension leveling kit.

The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under the TRX's hood has been upgraded to 1,012 horsepower and 969 pound-feet of torque. That's a 310-horsepower and 319 pound-feet of torque improvement over the traditional TRX.

It has a zero to 60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and can run the quarter mile in 1.4 seconds at 120 mph.

Hennessey says that the bespoke five-door conversion fits seven adults comfortably.

Hennessey backs every Mammoth 1000 SUV with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty.

Pricing starts at $375,000. Each vehicle will be fitted with serial numbered plaques. Orders can be placed through authorized FCA / Ram retailers or Hennessey directly by calling 979.885.1300 or visiting HennesseyPerformance.com. Just 20 of the models will be produced.

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Supercharged V8 pickup

Watch the Ram TRX Lap the Nürburgring

The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The Ram TRX is a cartoonish truck with specs that would make most people shy away. Its size, sound, and imposing appearance live up to the hype laid out on the spec sheet, and its Hellcat-derived powertrain demands attention. The truck is one heck of an off-roader, too, but a recent YouTube video proves it can dance on a racetrack, too, though not as gracefully as the low-slung cars it passes.



The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

The truck appears unmodified and looks to have just over 1,000 miles on the clock for the lap. Of course, the TRX looks about as at home on a track as a Mini Cooper would rock crawling, but the truck's 4.5-second 0-60 mph and 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are more impressive than many sports cars.

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The Acura Integra is coming back in 2022

This is all we know about the new Integra's styling.

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Secrets are hard to keep these days. It seems like new products always end up being leaked by one of the hundreds of people involved in the development process, to the point that even the most secretive companies have a hard time unveiling a product that people don't already know about. That wasn't the case this week, though. After announcing the final version of its NSX supercar at Monterey Car Week, Acura took to the skies with an impressive drone show that eventually spelled out a message no one expected to see: The Integra is coming back in 2022.



The original car launched in 1986, and its legend grew over time. After accumulating dozens of awards and spawning an entire industry around customizing and enhancing the Integra, Honda and Acura discontinued the car in 2001. We saw a successor to the crown in the Acura RSX for a few short years afterward, but it's been 15 years since a small, tossable sports car has graced the Acura catalog. Granted, Honda has been on a tear with the Civic Si and Civic Type-R, but there has been a hole in the Acura lineup for some time now.


Acura Integra The original Integra is the stuff of legend.Acura


Waiting is the hardest part, as they say. Other than the gorgeous drone display and tantalizingly mysterious teaser photo, we know nothing, which is a difficult spot to be as a car enthusiast. There are a few details, though. The car will return in 2022 as a "compact premium entrant," according to the press release. Company VP and Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda also said that the car is "returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience."

Given parent company Honda's success with performance versions of the Civic, we're optimistic that the 2022 Integra will put its compact dimensions to good use on the road and on the track. We'll have to be patient, though, because official details won't become available until closer to the car's introduction in 2022.


2022 Acura Integra Acura shared the new Integra's logo.Acura

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