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Ford Is Benchmarking The F-150 Raptor R Against The Ram TRX

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When the all-new, third-generation 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was revealed back in February, Ford simply mentioned that a Ford F-150 Raptor R was coming next year, but failed to provide any additional details. But so far this week, we’ve reported some key new details regarding the forthcoming pickup and published the very first photos of a Raptor R prototype. Now, we have even more photos to share, this time showing Ford benchmarking the F-150 Raptor R against its chief rival – the Ram TRX.

It’s no surprise that Ford would be benchmarking the F-150 Raptor R against the TRX, of course, as these two trucks will soon be competing directly against each other and essentially nothing else. When Ram revealed the TRX last year, it took direct shots at the current-gen F-150 Raptor and designers even threw in a couple of Easter eggs poking fun at The Blue Oval’s desert-running pickup.

However, the Raptor R will be powered by Ford’s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8, as Ford Authority was the first to report back in June of 2019, just like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. It will produce around 750 horsepower in the Raptor R, which is more than enough to trump the 702 horsepower currently available from the TRX’s supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8. “Honestly, we had to counter Ram once we knew they installed the Hellcat in the TRX,” said a source close to the project.

That should theoretically also give the Raptor R enough juice to beat the TRX’s claimed 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds, but we’ll have to wait and see how well it puts all those ponies to the pavement. Regardless, it’s likely that the TRX will cede its claims of being the “quickest and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world” when the Raptor R launches next year.

As we reported earlier this week, the F-150 Raptor R will look slightly different than the 2021 F-150 Raptor equipped with Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6, thanks in part to a unique grille that retains the large “Ford” script that has become synonymous with the Raptor, but it will feature some minor tweaks to make it unique to the R model.

In addition to the revised grille design, the F-150 Raptor R will also come equipped with unique gloss black wheels with beadlock capability, as well as a more robust rear suspension fortified by structural enhancements including beefier trailing arms, which are likely a necessity given the major infusion of power the R will enjoy over the base Raptor.

We’ll have much more on the Raptor R soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 newsFord F-150 Raptor news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R Photos
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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. Supercharger! I am so glad to see ford using a supercharger, and not a turbo charger, as in the Ecoboom setups! Much easier to run great intercoolers, adjust boost, no restriction on exhaust, COOOOOOLER exhaust and heat sink problems, hope this is a glimpse of things to come.

    • I agree. The only downside is parasitic loss at the crank. But, it’s accounted for.

      So many people think that turbos get you free horsepower. Well–nothing’s free!
      The motor eventually succumbs to the abuse it has to endure from pushing all that built-up exhaust through a turbine. All that time and repair money wasted while a supercharged motor is still chugging along.

  2. Dodge successfully distracted people from the fact that the TRX is not as good at off-roading as the Raptor, as good as it is. People know it has a supercharged V8 and that is very quick off the line. They managed to make people think that having the quickest accelerating truck means it’s the best.
    Meanwhile, that’s all Dodge has up its sleeve. Keep tricking your customers into thinking they’re getting the best of what they have to offer until something competitive comes along. Suddenly, the Wrangler CAN have the V8 that the V8 cultists have been screaming for.

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