Power isn't always the answer.
A significant proportion of our economy and infrastructure is built on the backs of pickup trucks, which explains our deep love affair with these utilitarian vehicles. From the Ford F-150 to the Chevrolet Silverado, the humble pickup continues to sell in massive numbers, but there's a new corner of the market that is rapidly expanding: the super truck. Just when you thought that Ford had reached the trucking pinnacle with its F-150 Raptor, Ram kicks the door down with its insane TRX. In a YouTube video posted by legendary tuners Callaway, we get to see the TRX go up against a Callaway-tuned Silverado SC602 in a series of straight-line races, and the results are interesting, to say the least.
Firstly, let's look at the Ram 1500 TRX. This road-legal monster truck is powered by the infamous 6.2-liter supercharged V8 found in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat. Power is rated at a ridiculous 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This is good for a 0-60 sprint of only 4.5 seconds, a 0-100 in 10.5 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds. The top speed is pegged at 118 mph. The Callaway Silverado on the other hand takes the stock 420 hp 6.2-liter engine and supercharges it to deliver 602 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. Callaway claims that this is good enough for a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 12.5 seconds, making it significantly faster than the TRX, but as we all know, real-world conditions always play a major factor.
In the video we see the cars line up for a drag race. Both cars leave the line cleanly, but it's the Silverado that takes the race by half a car. Next up is the rolling race: Once again the Silverado takes the race, but this time by a full car length. The Silverado records a 0-60 mph time of 4.26 seconds, and a 0-100 mph time of 9.8 seconds, while the TRX manages a blistering 3.99 second 0-60 sprint, but a slower 10.14 second run to 100 mph. The fact that the Chevy weighs over 1,000 pounds less played a major role, but this video once again proves that power isn't everything.