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2021 Ram TRX Spotted Sitting Next To Ford F-150 Raptor

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It’s no secret that the 2021 Ram TRX was created specifically to take the light-duty off-road pickup crown from the Ford F-150 Raptor. Ram said so itself when the truck was revealed, and now it appears that the automaker is benchmarking its new creation against the segment leader. Both trucks were spotted side-by-side for the first time somewhere in Detroit, Michigan recently.

These photos are rather revealing in a number of ways. On paper, the 2021 Ram TRX is reportedly larger than the F-150 Raptor, measuring in at 232.9 inches long, 88 inches wide, and 80.9 inches tall, versus 231.9 inches long, 86.3 inches wide, and 78.5 inches tall for the Ford. In these pictures, those size differences are on clear display. A couple of inches may not seem like a lot, but the TRX is visually wider and taller than the Raptor, at least by a little bit.

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Things are quite different under the hood, however. The 2021 TRX will be powered by FCA’s supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 producing 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. That’s considerably more than the 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque the current Raptor’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 provides. FCA says the TRX will do 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.9, which is quicker than the Raptor’s 5.5 second 0-60 romp and 13.8 second quarter.

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However, the TRX’s stay at the top should be short-lived, though it didn’t stop Ram from poking a little fun at the Raptor with a well-placed Easter egg. As Ford Authority exclusively reported last month, the next-gen F-150 Raptor will be getting Ford’s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8 as an option, which will produce between 725 and 750 horsepower in the pickup.

 

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It’s currently unclear whether the all-new, third-generation Ford F-150 Raptor will come to market for the 2021 or 2022 model years. It’s possible that the vehicle will actually launch toward the end of the 2021 model year, but with very limited availability. Regardless, we can confidently say the the battle royale between these two trucks has only just begun.

We’ll have more on the next-gen Raptor and its rival very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 newsF-150 Ford Raptor news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. 2021 Ram TRX Spotted Sitting Next To Ford F-150 Raptor year?

    2021 Ram 1500 TRX, Engine 6.2-liter, supercharged V8, 0-60 mph, 4.5 seconds
    2020 Ford F-150 Raptor, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, 5.1 seconds (est.)

    and yet the Raptor 19′ or 20′ still holds its own. Enough said

  2. Obviously larger? If you can see an inch difference in that picture, you must have the Terminators eye. The Raptor is the perfect height also. High enough to clear most obstacles but not to high to get into or have a crazy high center of gravity. The power in the Fiat should’ve gone in a lower truck. It’s pretty sketchy in something that high. I’d like to see them in a 10 mile desert race

  3. TRX has a bigger price tag… also has better suspension, more powerful motor, better interior, more technology, and better terrain adaptation. So, if you can afford it, TRX is a better buy… you are gonna be in a strong offroad beast either way!

    • I don’t no a RAM with a better suspension or technology than FORD Performance aka SVT. The interior looks nice so does F150, for as that TRX 6.2 one already stop running and was trailered back to Headquarters. For the $100k we have yet to see how it terrain I’ll buy the RAPTOR

  4. What ever happened to the real life work truck? Sure, these look good with skinny jeans, lattes, LED lights and dickintheass, but sometimes you just have to drive a real truck built for work and not for show, or…
    Buy a Prius and riot with the Democrats, ANTIFA, BLM and other vermin.

  5. How can you say it’s a better buy than the Raptor? The TRX needs to be entered in the Baja1000 and finish in the time limit before it can even be considered equal to the Raptor (let alone better). They drove the Raptor 400 miles to the race, finished it in the time limit, and drove it 400 miles back home. Most purpose built custom rigs can’t achieve finishing the race. Let’s see a TRX drive sideways on a 30° hill or take a jump. That’s alot more horsepower for less than a second faster! I wouldn’t be afraid to line my 18′ gen2 up against one. I already know I’d win on dirt or pavement. Everyone knows Hellcats are only good for roasting tires and always lose because they can’t put the power to the ground. So the only thing I see a TRX would be better at is a rolling start race on asphalt. Not at all what any of us buy these trucks for. Dodge should be thanking Ford for doing all the ground work with the gen1 and gen2 Raptors. They’re both tested and proven platforms. It sure is amazing that the TRX is 1″ longer, 1″ taller, ect… but all the numbers that matter are basically a duplicate of the Raptor (ground clearance, suspension travel, water forging). It just looks like Dodge’s spin on a Raptor with a Hellcat engine. They couldn’t even come up with a unique way to display the 5 marker lights front and back. Ford made it pretty much a styling trademark by putting 3 of the lights in the grill. Copying is the biggest form of flattery. I get a kick out of seeing all different brands of trucks running around with Raptor style lights.

  6. I own a Ford Raptor and my hats off to Dodge for comming out with a new truck. I will wait to see what Ford comes out with before I make any decisions whats a better Truck. One thing a do know I never met a good Dodge.

  7. The Raptors biggest downfall was putting a sewing machine with twin hairdryers as its powerplant. Not to mention it no longer sits on a wide frame. Its an F150 with a honda civic powerplant and ricer exhaust note.

    • The only downfall to a gen2 Raptor is everyone prefers a V8 rumble and exhaust note. Other than that, 450hp is 450hp no matter how many cylinders makes it. 450hp is to much power sometimes even with traction control on. However there’ll be a V8 rumble back in the Raptor again soon enough. We all thank Dodge for that! Just listen to a GT500 if you want to know what it’ll sound like. More hp than a Hellcat with less displacement. 1st gen frames were beefed up F150 frames from the factory. Gen2 frames are boxed in frames made only for the Raptor and nothing like a normal F150 frame. The only problem with 700+hp trucks, is there’s gonna be a bunch of wrecked trucks.

    • Honda wish they could build a EcoBoost 450ho 3.5 V6, then they could sell a truck because the one they got isn’t one. Make no mistake about there are a lot of RAPTOR on the road with this engine Which means it didn’t hurt sales

  8. So I am supposed to be impressed with a Supercharged V8 6.2 HEMI RAM VS. 3-4 year old twin turbo V6 Raptor? Sorry, not impressed, especially when almost every sports vehicle now a days come with nearly 500+HP. People have become lazy to fix and tune their own vehicles, that’s what brought father son time or even a good bbq with the boys, or girls. Yet another good hobby taken over by people with money(banks, manufaturers), just like many other American fun Hobbies. I would rather buy a 2003 Ford Lightning or that Ford Raptor. No need for 700+ HP if you cant do anything with it, unless you want to kill yourself, or if you’re a professional racer with the right gear and equipment.

  9. I’ll stick to the Ford. Both looks great and are very off road worthy, but for the price to buy one, reliability, easy to fix, everyday driving, and the cost of parts when things do break, Ford hands down!!!! Both trucks are sexy and expensive, but the Dodge price tag isn’t a truck I want to haul things like say, a washer, fridge, stove, or any needed truck bed uses.

  10. I think that it’s great to have a horse power war with gasser trucks! I can’t wait to see the Mustang supercharged engine in a Raptor! An aftermarket company Hennessey is prepping a truck for chevy. Too bad they can’t do it themselves, but they always have been a generation or two behind Ford and now Ram. Maybe Toyota will get into the act?

  11. I was looking for the TRX to come out earlier. A year and a half ago I got a Raptor when I gave up on Ram. In that time I could not be happier with it. My next truck will be a Tesla tri motor that will take both off the line and hopefully will be fairly adept off road.

  12. As a former Gen 1 and current Gen 2 Raptor owner, I am glad to finally see there is at least some competition. Competition usually results in better products for us, the consumer. It will be interesting to see how the TRX holds up over time. Haven’t paid much attention to Ram lately, have they fixed their rust problems??

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