remember any of those scenes from jurassic park when the largest, most ferocious-looking dinosaurs fight? if you don't, imagine two behemoth carnivores with toothy cavernous jaws bearing down on one another and duking it out. that's pretty much what we envision when thinking about a ram trx and ford raptor face off. for the longest time, the raptor has dominated this segment of the pickup-truck market, but to truly claim dominance, you need competition. ram's trx is that competition.
the ram trx and ford raptor both feature forced-induction engines, but the similarities in powertrains end there. at the heart of the trx is the incredible hellcat engine—a powerful supercharged 6.2-liter iron-block v-8 that's also available in the srt hellcat variants of the jeep grand cherokee and the dodge durango, charger, and challenger. in the trx, the pushrod v-8 makes a glorious 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, which ram claims will propel the trx to a 4.5-second charge to 60 mph. the raptor comes to the fight slightly down on power, but the ford is lighter than the ram. that lightness starts with the raptor's all-aluminum 3.5-liter twin-turbo v-6 that produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. in our testing, a crew-cab raptor ran to 60 in 5.1-seconds.
both trx and raptor come with conventional automatic transmissions. in the trx you get the same crisp-shifting zf eight-speed transmission found in the grand cherokee trackhawk. the raptor uses ford's 10-speed automatic.
the raptor features a slightly shorter (numerically higher) final-drive than the trx, 4.10:1 to 3.55:1, respectively; no surprise, given its substantially lower power output. the raptor has an optional torsen limited-slip front differential and a standard electronically locking differential in the rear. the trx rear end comes standard with a dana 60 equipped with an electronically locking differential. both trucks use a two-speed 2.64:1 ratio for low-range four-wheel-drive.
up front, the trx and raptor both use a control arm independent suspension with a coil-over damper setup and, in the rear, both trucks have solid axles. however, the trx uses a coil-spring setup rather than the leaf springs on the raptor but, we did spy a 2021 raptor mule with rear coil springs, so that could change in the very near future. both trucks have sophisticated adaptive shocks, the raptor using fox racing dampers, and the trx employing remote-reservoir bilstein e2 blackhawk dampers.
wheels and tires
the raptor comes with 315/70r-17 bfgoodrich all-terrain t/a k02 tires wrapped around either a 17-inch beadlock-capable or non-beadlock-capable wheel. the trx comes with a trx-specific goodyear wrangler territory all-terrain, sized 325/60r-18 and wrapped around the standard 18-inch wheel or a beadlock-capable option.
many of the trx's dimensions are not yet available, but we do have some important numbers. the raptor and trx have the same water-fording depth of 32 inches, but the trx does benefit from a specialized air-intake that ram claims exceeds the filtering and protection levels of its competition. the trx also stands a bit taller, at a height of 80.9 inches to the raptor's 78.5 inches. that translates to a ground clearance figure of 11.8 inches for the trx and 11.5 inches for the raptor. the trx is wider, too—88.0 inches compared to the raptor's 86.3 inches.
comparing a crew-cab raptor to a trx (the trx is only available in crew cab), they share a common approach angle of 30.2 degrees. for breakover angle, the trx bests the raptor by only a tenth of a degree, 21.9 degrees to 21.8 degrees respectively. departure angle is also a category where the trx slightly betters the raptor, with an angle of 23.5 degrees compared to 23.0 degrees. there's no denying that the trx was developed with ford's baja truck in its sights.
in its crew-cab configuration, the raptor can tow 8000 pounds, a mere 100 pounds short of the trx's 8100-pound rating. in payload capability, the trx outperforms the raptor by a larger margin, 1310 pounds to 1200.
the supercrew raptor starts at $58,135, heftily undercutting the ram's $71,690 base price. however, with an extra 252 horsepower the trx might just be worth the extra coin. we'll let you know as soon as we drive one.