Can the Hummer beat the TRX? Comparing the Hellcat to GMC’s EV pickup

General Motors may not be selling any Hummers until next year, but they’ve just reposted the specs. Shall we compare it with the top Ram, the supercharged-Hemi-powered Ram 1500 TRX? Stay with us as we see if the TRX can beat the Hummer — and compare the Hellcat to GM’s new electric pickup. (There’s also a similar Hummer SUV on the way.)

Ram 1500 TRX

The Hummer is electric, and appears to be considerably smaller than the Ram; the starting price is not that much higher than the Ram’s, but to get the numbers we’re showing below, you need to spend around $30,000 more. Personal experience has borne out Ram’s claim that the TRX is rough and tough; the ride is very smooth but the vehicle is capable of enduring some pretty severe trail abuse, if Patrick Rall’s stories are true (and he does have photos and videos to back them up). We don’t know much about the production Hummer’s off-road chops yet, but it has some pretty impressive features and GM has made some hefty claims.

Hummer Pickup*Ram 1500 TRX
HorsepowerUp to 1,000702
TorqueUp to 11,500650
0-60 times“Around”  3.0 seconds4.3 seconds
Oddball features4-wheel-steering diagonal drive (crabwalk); Extract mode adds 6” of lift; offroad maps with charging points; 18-exterior-camera “ultravision”Extra-tough custom suspension, 360° cameras, split screen, 2.64:1 low range, largest brakes in segment
Center screen13.4”12”
Lockup axlesYesYes
Ground clearance11.9”  (15.9” in “extract mode”)11.8”
Water crossing28” (32” in extract mode)Up to 32”
Front/rear suspension travel13”Over 13”
Self-drivingSuper CruiseNone
Fuel refill100 miles in 10 minutesAll miles in 5 minutes
Range350 miles (opt)396 miles (33 gallons x 12 mpg)
Price$79,995 base; $99,995 without fast charge$70,095 base and as specified
Actual offroad abilityUnknownIncredibly tough and capable; 0-60 in 4.3 on dirt; takes jumps with aplomb

* Most of these figures are options
** Angles are in standard mode, not extract mode

There you have it. Ram may have some work to match Hummer in performance, but they are doing surprisingly well against a flagship GM vehicle not yet in production. There’s no question but that these trucks are going to be lined up on drag strips and unpaved dirt runs, formally and informally. The Hummer, if it’s anything like the Teslas, may have one big disadvantage: keeping its high performance going over time. Teslas are known for losing a good deal of their acceleration as they heat up, while Hellcats are impressively well-cooled and can keep going until they suck the tank dry.

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