There are many pickup trucks from Dodge, Chevrolet, and Ford; working-class vehicles to get work done.
Then there are performance trucks, like the Ford F-150 Raptor, and then trucks like the Ram 1500 TRX which are for something else entirely.
For some though, even the TRX is not enough, and for that Hennessey has the solution in the form of the Ram 1500 TRX ‘Mammoth 1000’ – a 1,020-hp monster that is good for sand, snow, and potentially, the apocalypse.
Thanks to reporting from The Drive, one is up for sale on a Finnish classifieds website, but there’s a catch – let’s see why this truck may not be the bargain that it seems at first sight.
The Hennessey Mammoth 1000 Is Big, Powerful, And Limited To 55 MPH
This truck is on sale for the impressive sum of 250,000 Euros – or $275,000 – not far off twice the price of a Mammoth ordered new from Hennessey.
That shouldn’t surprise anyone, the cost of importing and having any conversion done to drive in Scandinavia and Europe won’t have been cheap.
But the truck, which uses an uprated version of the famous Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine with 1012 hp has a limit of 55 mph (via a physical limiter) as the previous owners chose to register it as a commercial vehicle to save money on taxes related to its emissions.
With peak torque of 969 lb-ft and a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds to rival a Tesla Model S Plaid, this truck’s mission is to make headlines; it makes 310 hp more than the normal Ram TRX which is already powerful.
But to cut it off short at 55 mph seems like unfairly severing its wings somewhat, with so much power and no way to experience it past 3rd gear.
The Mammoth 1000 Is For Those Who Want To Go Anywhere
In Finland, one of the taxes linked to cars is directly related to the polluting emissions of the vehicle which the Mammoth definitely has a lot of.
So in order to avoid paying this tax, a speed limiter is present like in a commercial vehicle (as its weight is past the threshold) and therefore it doesn’t levy a hefty tax aimed at private vehicles.
Or that’s the way it seems. Either way, this vehicle should still be fun below 55 mph, which is pretty fast if you’re off the asphalt and out on the gravel, dirt, mud, or snow.
In any case, the speed limits being as they are, there isn’t much reason to have cars that can hit more than 70 mph in most places today – but a truck that can easily hit 55 mph on challenging terrain is something more interesting.