Ram is trolling Ford, but the Blue Oval will almost certainly have the last laugh.
As scientists continue to be baffled by the rapid decline in male sperm counts, Ford and Ram are doing their bit to up testosterone levels with their unique super truck offerings. We all know how stupidly powerful, insanely fast, and ridiculously fun the Ram 1500 TRX is, and now Ford has revealed the highly anticipated F-150 Raptor R. Both these trucks make a ton of power and are highly capable on and off the beaten path, but the Ram just so happens to make slightly more power than the Ford. This, is of course, a marketing opportunity that Ram couldn't wait to take to exploit; after all, it's size that matters, not what you do with it.
Let's take a look at the new Ford F-150 Raptor R. This mega truck is Ford's answer to the TRX and sports a supercharged 5.2-liter Predator V8 found in the Mustang Shelby GT500, and produces a massive 700 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. This is the most powerful Raptor ever, and features special tuning, such as a revised supercharger pulley to improve low to mid-range torque. Official performance figures are yet to be released but if this Ford wants any hope of beating the TRX, the 0-60 mph figure better be under five seconds. With considerably less weight, we don't think Ford has anything to worry about.
The Ram 1500 TRX on the other hand is a well-known ego-bruiser and has taken down dedicated sports cars in drag races. This truck is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing 702 hp: a whopping two more horses than the Ford. The TRX can bolt to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds, cross the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds, and top out at 118 mph.
In a world where every inch counts, those two horsepowers have become a symbol of Ram's dominance in the performance truck industry, with the company recently making a Tweet saying "Scary powerful. The #RamTRX has best-in-class V8 horsepower. *Based on the latest available competitive information. Class based on large light-duty pickups. Excludes electric vehicles."
The attached video shows the TRX hooning somewhere in a desert, and we must admit, it's a pretty cool display of power. To make matters worse for Ford, Ram is actively seeking to make the TRX even more powerful. Ram's CEO, Mike Koval told CarBuzz back in April that the TRX platform still has plenty to offer without sacrificing reliability. Let's just hope that Ford has an even bigger load in the barrel to meet the TRX head to head.