Rex beats raptor.
It's no great secret what vehicle Ram Trucks was targeting when they decided to drop the supercharged SRT Hellcat into a Ram 1500 and throw all the off-road equipment they could find at it: the Ford F-150 Raptor. For some years, the Raptor has been king of the hill among off-road pickups purely by default, as Detroit's other major automotive companies neglected to introduce anything that competed in the same space.
Now, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is coming to give the F-150 Raptor its first real factory competition, and the company is feeling pretty confident, if a new TRX Easter Egg is anything to go by.
If you haven't noticed, the name "TRX" is awfully close to "T-Rex," and while the name of Ram's new high-performance off-roader wasn't necessarily intended to evoke the Cretaceous-period dinosaur, the company is leaning into it - hard.
To wit, as Instagram user catchmeoffroad discovered recently, if you pop the cover off the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX's engine, the air box cover has an embossed depiction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex savagely clenching a Velociraptor in its much larger jaws. Masterful interpreters of art we are not, but we think the message here is pretty clear: the Ram 1500 TRX will eat the Ford F-150 Raptor for breakfast.
In any other circumstance, we might declare that Easter Egg overly cocky, but from the looks of it, the Ram 1500 TRX might indeed crush the Ford F-150 Raptor in every way that counts. It will be the most powerful production truck in the world at launch, with 702 glorious horsepower, and it will have the off-roading equipment to put it all to use, with adaptive 2.5-inch Bilstein dampers, 13 inches of suspension travel, a solid Dana 60 rear axle, and a set of 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires.
Ford had better have something good up its sleeve for the next-generation F-150 Raptor.