While the Ram 1500 TRX doesn’t have every advantage over the Ford F-150 Raptor, it’s definitely more powerful. And, unlike the factory Raptor, it has a V8. But, if an automaker doesn’t offer something, there’s usually an aftermarket tuner ready to supply. And looking to take on the Ram TRX is Mil-Spec’s supercharged Ford F-150.
The Mil-Spec supercharged Ford F-150: specs and features
Michigan-based Mil-Spec used to focus solely on Hummer H1s, but the tuner has since branched out to Ford F-150s. And now, it has an even more potent version available.
Previously, Mil-Spec’s Ford F-150 was only available with a 500-hp naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8, Motor Trend reports. But the new Mil-Spec Intrepid F-150 pairs that V8 with new fuel rails and injectors, an air-to-liquid intercooler, a new throttle body, a new air intake, and a cat-back performance exhaust. Oh, and a supercharger.
As a result, the Mil-Spec Intrepid F-150 makes 675 hp and 620 lb-ft on 93-octane gasoline. That’s 225 hp and 110 lb-ft more than the Ford F-150 Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 produces.
But the Mil-Spec Intrepid F-150 has more than just a supercharged V8. It rides on the tuner’s Baja Suspension Package, which includes has adjustable Fox 3.0 Racing shocks, as well as new rear shock mounts, control arms, and half-shafts, Autoblog reports. This gives the modified Ford F-150 12” of suspension travel. And of course, it has 4WD with a transfer case.
Mil-Spec’s Intrepid F-150 rides on 37” Nitto Ridge Grappler tires wrapped around 20” alloy wheels. Together with the suspension, they give the truck 13” of ground clearance. Helping contain the tires are new fender flares and Addictive Desert Designs front and rear bumpers. Plus, with the Baja Appearance Package, you get a bed-mounted spare tire carrier, a powder-coated chase rack and roof rack, a 39” bumper-mounted light bar, and a 50” roof-rack-mounted light bar.
The Mil-Spec Intrepid F-150’s interior mods are a bit more subtle. It has a new steering wheel with magnesium shift paddles and some metal badges. But, for a little extra, Mil-Spec can upgrade the truck’s leather upholstery.
Pricing and availability
The supercharged Mil-Spec Ford F-150 is available today, and it comes with a warranty from the tuner. Plus, all the Ford parts are covered by the automaker’s factory warranty.
Autoblog reports the ‘base’ Mil-Spec F-150 starts at $77,245. The supercharger package bumps the price up to $89,500. And with all the optional features, you can easily spec it to $118,000. That’s quite a bit more than the $53,455 F-150 Raptor.
Mil-Spec’s Ford F-150 vs. the Ram TRX vs. the 725-hp F-150 Raptor
Even without options, the Mil-Spec Intrepid Ford F-150 is pricier than the Ram 1500 TRX. Although the sold-out Launch Edition cost about $92k, the base model starts at just under $72k, Car and Driver reports. And its 6.2-liter supercharged V8, with 702 hp and 650 lb-ft, is more powerful.
However, the Mil-Spec Intrepid F-150 has about 1” more ground clearance than the Ram TRX. And Autoblog reports it rides even more softly than the standard Ford F-150 Raptor. The Ram TRX and factory Raptor, though, have more suspension travel, The Drive reports.
Speaking of the factory Raptor, the Mil-Spec Intrepid may not have the power advantage over the standard Ford F-150 for much longer. Ford is working on giving the Raptor the Shelby Mustang GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V8. Reportedly, in the truck, it will develop 725 hp. And the truck itself will feature upgraded coil springs like the Ram TRX, The Drive reports.
The true test of Mil-Spec’s Intrepid truck, though, will be on an off-road course.
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