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2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Will Be Slower Than Ram TRX 0-60

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R was revealed back in July following years of anticipation, which didn’t help temper expectations one bit. Instead, everyone clamoring for the return of V8 power to the high-performance off-roader had rather lofty expectations, which were somewhat quelled when the automaker revealed that the pickup’s supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator powerplant will generate a “mere” 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, while its main rival – the Ram TRX – offers a superior 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from its supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor will also be slower from 0-60 miles-per-hour than the TRX, too.

Ram’s estimated 0-60 time for the TRX is 4.5 seconds, compared to 5.2 seconds for the regular F-150 Raptor, which is equipped with the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost cranking out 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. There are some notable differences between the Raptor and Raptor R, starting with the fact that the former comes equipped with 35-inch tires as standard equipment and 37-inch rubber as an option, while the latter tires are standard on the Raptor R. Otherwise, the two trucks don’t look too terribly different, save for a few exterior styling cues.

However, as Ford Authority reported back in August, the Raptor R doesn’t weigh much more than its V6-powered counterpart – tipping the scales at approximately 5,950 pounds, which is a mere 210 pounds more than the V6-powered F-150 Raptor with 35-inch tires and just 64 pounds more than the regular Raptor with the 37 package. This obviously had some thinking that the Raptor R could potentially outrun the TRX – which tips the scales at around 6,440 pounds – in spite of its power deficit.

Regardless, that doesn’t appear to be the case, though it remains to be seen just how these two muscular trucks will stack up in real-world conditions. Once the Raptor R launches, it’s a safe bet that pretty much every reviewer on the planet will be lining it up with the TRX for a drag race, too.

We’ll have 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 comprehensive Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Smitty

    Hmmmmm??? There are still no figures out yet on the 0-60 times for the Raptor R! The article only states the Tweak-O-Boost 0-60 times and I’m damn sure the R will be a good match for the T Rex!!

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    1. MD

      Ford almost always over hypes and underperforms, even when they have a benchmark out there. The TRX is going to be $30K cheaper with a much nicer interior and if it outperforms the Raptor R – what is the premium buying you? They are also building and delivering larger numbers so you can actually get one.

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      1. NJ

        The Raptor R will be faster and a better built truck

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        1. MD

          2nd is just the 1st loser and they already are 2nd in the interior column. ford has let their followers down too many times to count.

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  2. truth speaker

    im still expecting a better power to weight ratio from the r. everyone seems to forget that these are extreme off road truck and yet all we hear about is 0-60 and 1/4 mile times.

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  3. Robert.Walter

    Oh my! How will I ever get my ice cream back from the market before it melts?

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  4. what

    ok

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  5. rapturd

    Put the 6.8 in any gen3 raptors!!!!

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    1. rapturd

      if they could put the 6.2 in raptors and limited then they could put the 6.8 in any 150

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      1. JB

        Great Engine Choice, ,
        Yeah FORD , PUT that NEW
        6.8 Too GOOD USE, IN A RAPTOR

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    2. truth speaker

      never gonna happen, the government has cemented that.

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  6. Hugh Mungus

    Slower, less HP, and starts at $20k more. Nice!

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  7. Nonspecific Motors

    Let’s see, peaky ohc engine vs torque rich ohv engine, hmmm…

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    1. Lealand Young

      Not with a supercharger strapped to it. The Predator (GT500) has over 500 ft/lbs. from 3000-6500 rpm and peak torque occurs just 200 rpm higher than the Hellcat V8 (Challenger/Charger) and is within 25 ft/lbs. Thanks to the Predator’s Ti-VCT it can carry power well past the Hellcat’s 6100 rpm. Modern OHC 4v engines generally have pretty broad power curves since they have better low and mid lift flow numbers and can take advantage of variable cam timing on both intake and exhaust. They only place they fall down in comparison to a 2v engine is at lower engine speed where port velocity is low due to the large mass of air that needs to be moved and that isn’t an issue with forced induction and since it’s a good bet Ford will pulley the supercharger to favor power lower in the RPM range compared to the engine in the GT500. The Predator’s only real deficiency is a lack of displacement, but I see in the article the deficit is only 10 ft/lbs.

      I don’t see any concrete reason why the RaptorX would be slower? It is lighter and despite having taller tires is coupled to a 10 speed auto compared to the 8 speed unit in the TRX. The only reason I could think it would be slower is simply because the Hellcat V8 has a larger displacement V8 bumping power under the curve but without somebody posting a full dyno plot that’s hard to tell.

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  8. JDE

    it would only have to be for one year since TRX is gone after 2023, but why not just call the r Godzilla and supercharge a 7.3

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  9. rapturd

    It was a lay up…put godzilla in R and the rest is history

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  10. Mike Delaney

    I have a confirmed 2023 Raptor R order in and if it comes out that it is really slower – I will cancel my order. I have seven Fords in my driveway including a 2014 V8 Raptor and a Super Snake, but I am about done with Ford. Dodge at least is getting things built. Ford sourcing management is terrible.

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  11. Mf

    They should have offered this motor in the platinum. These big offroad trucks are pointless, they could have offered the motor in the platinum with a sport suspension that lowered it a bit and had a market they could dominate.

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  12. Mike

    That will be easy too fix with a tune, but Ford doesn’t want to get into a HP and time slip war. They easily could’ve bumped the HP higher than the Peugeot but kept it just under. They already have the towing war going and that’s unsafe as it gets. A 3 sec 6000 lb sledge hammer could get ugly quick. Rich kids will be running out of talent quick in these monsters.

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  13. C

    This article didn’t age well. Some journos were getting well under 4 seconds 0-60, and head to head testing showed a pretty big 0-60 delta in favor of the R.

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