• This Throw Down Between the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram TRX Is What 2020 Has Been Missing

We’ve been waiting for this ever since the Ram TRX was conceptualized many years back

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Until the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX came out, Ford F-150 Raptor was the only full-size off-road truck that seemed to have made an impact in the market. The TRX was coined as the Raptor killer early on, but Ram took everything up a notch, leaving the F-150 Raptor unscathed to a large extent. However, we’ve been waiting to see these two go up against each other for the longest time, and thanks to TFL, it has become a reality.

The folks at the publication pit the Raptor and the TRX in a drag race wherein the latter won comfortably, but now they face each other on even grounds; or in this case, uneven grounds. Do you think the Ram 1500 TRX can down the Ford F-150 Raptor on beaten paths?

This Throw Down Between the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram TRX Is What 2020 Has Been Missing
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The Ram 1500 TRX is powered by a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 HEMI Hellcat engine that churns out 702 ponies and 650 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels by an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The truck even features a heavy-duty advanced four-wheel-drive system. Further adding to these off-road credentials are a front independent suspension system, Dana 60 solid rear axle with leaf springs, front and rear 2.5-inch Bilstein Performance shocks, 13 inches of wheel travel range, and a BorgWarner transfer case, to name a few. The Ram’s final drive ratio is 3.55:1, which isn’t as low as the F-150 Raptor’s and that won’t make rock crawling as easy; in theory, at least.

This Throw Down Between the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram TRX Is What 2020 Has Been Missing
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As for the F-150 Raptor, it comes with a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost mill under the hood that produces 450 horses and 510 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to all the wheels via a ten-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The truck is loaded to the gills in terms of off-road equipment and tech features, such as trail control, off-road Fox racing shocks, long-travel suspension, solid rear axle with coil springs, terrain-management system, 4.10 front axle with Torsen differential, and a torque-on-demand transfer case.

This Throw Down Between the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram TRX Is What 2020 Has Been Missing
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There was a surprise entrant as well – the Jeep Gladiator. Although it is powered by the 3.6-liter, V-6 Pentastar engine as standard, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel mill is offered as optional and the truck here was powered by that. It makes 260 horses and 442 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. In the Rubicon trim, Jeep has installed Rock-Trac 4x4 System with up to 84:1 crawl ratio.

This trim also benefits from stuff like a two-speed transfer case, an electronic sway bar disconnect, locking front and rear differentials, and FOX shocks. Jeep has introduced a new Off-Road+ mode that can adjust the throttle, transmission, and stability control depending on the situation. While the TRX and the Raptor are desert runners, this one is a true-blue rock crawler. And, clubbed with the comparatively smaller size and lighter bodyweight, the Gladiator is actually a better performer in some aspects.

We won’t spoil the action for you by explaining the video. So, check it out below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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