The Ram 1500 TRX Dragged The Ford Raptor Back To The Dinosaur Age

Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) introduced its F-150 Raptor 4×4 trucks back in 2010. Then Ram went full Jurassic with its Hellcat-powered 1500 TRX. While Ford’s SVT had already transitioned the Raptor to a turbocharged V6, the company decided to bring back a V8 Raptor to compete with the TRX. The result was the supercharged Raptor R.

Ram 1500 TRXFord F-150 Raptor R
Engine6.2-liter supercharged “Hellcat” V85.2-liter supercharged “Predator” V8
Horsepower702 @ 6,100 rpm700 @ @ 6,650 rpm
Torque650 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm640 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Weight6,439 lbs6,050 lbs
Power/Weight Ratio9.2 lbs/horsepower8.5 lbs/horsepower
TransmissionZF 8-speed automaticFord 10-speed automatic
MSRP$78,790$109,145

The F-150 Raptor already had its V8 phase

Grille of an F-150 Raptor R pickup truck with its large FORD lettering.
2022 Ford F-150 Raptor | Ford Motor Company

The first generation of Ford’s F-150 Raptor featured a 6.2-liter “Boss” V8. Ford actually engineered this naturally-aspirated V8 just for the Raptor, later introducing it to its Super Duty truck lineup. In the Raptor, the Boss 6.2 made 500 horsepower.

But many off-roaders prefer lightweight powerplants to absolute top horsepower. For this reason, SVT transitioned to the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged “EcoBoost” V6 for the F-150 Raptor’s second generation.

Many V8 fans were shocked by Ford’s choice to put a V6 in its flag-ship pickup truck. But this engine choice and other engineering decisions dropped the second-generation Raptor’s weight by 500 pounds. Not only did the V6 make 510 lb-ft of torque, but its ten-speed transmission ensured it could put this power to the tires efficiently.

As the V6 Raptor gained popularity, many came to accept it as a step into the future. Little did Ford know that the market had other plans.

Read more about the Raptor R V8.

The Ram 1500 TRX touched down like an asteroid

Closeup of a Ford F-150 Raptor R supertruck's "R" logo.
Preproduction model with optional equipment shown. Available late 2022.

When the Ram 1500 TRX hit the supertruck market, it came in with a bang. Like the Raptor, the TRX had wideset tires and a long-travel suspension inspired by desert racing trophy trucks. But it one-upped the Raptor in an important way.

The Ram 1500 TRX leveraged Dodge’s supercharged “Hellcat” V8 to bring muscle car power to the off-road trail. This 6.2-liter engine makes 707 horsepower in Dodge’s Hellcat muscle cars. But the TRX’s off-road air intake throttles it back to 702 horsepower.

The Ram 1500 TRX was one of the world’s only factory-supercharged pickup trucks. It easily swept the world’s fastest truck awards and took the off-road world by storm.

The F-150 Raptor R leaves big footprints

Closeup of a Ford F-150 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tire parked in the desert.
Preproduction model with optional equipment shown. Available late 2022.

To one-up the Ram 1500 TRX, Ford engineered a supercharged V8 Raptor R. But its pursuit of the TRX’s market share did not end with the Raptor R’s powerplant.

The Raptor R is lighter than the Ram 1500 TRX: at just 6,050 pounds, the Raptor R has a power/weight ratio of 8.5 pounds per horsepower. That is a dramatic improvement over the TRX’s 9.2 pounds per horsepower.

When Ford launched the third generation of its Raptor, it offered a Raptor 37 package. This package includes the first factory-mounted 37-inch tires on any half-ton pickup truck. It also includes 24-inch long-travel rear coil springs and magnetic damping.

Every single F-150 Raptor R enjoys the Raptor 37 tires and suspension kit. this helps put it above the standard Ram 1500 TRX.

Next, read more about the Raptor R’s suspension or watch a comparison of the two trucks in the video below:

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