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2025 Ram 1500 RHO Debuts As Ford F-150 Raptor Rival

The discontinuation of the iconic Hemi engine spelled the end for the muscular Ram 1500 TRX, but Ram isn’t ducking out of the off-road truck segment just yet. Earlier this year, Ford Authority spies captured the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO undergoing testing, and now, the automaker has pulled the veil off the peppy pickup, which will compete against the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Under the hood, the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO cradles the new twin-turbocharged 3.0L Hurricane High Output straight-six cylinder engine, which is tuned to produce 540 horsepower and and 521 pound-feet of torque. That powerhouse mates to Ram’s eight-speed transmission, while the exhaust is piped through a “Sport Tune” low-restriction system with dual pipes. A BorgWarner full-time active transfer case boasts upgraded components, improving its strength and durability on the trail. A Dana 60 rear axle with full floating axle shafts is standard equipment.

Compared to the rest of the Ram 1500 lineup, the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO boasts two more inches of ground clearance for 11.8 inches total. It’s also eight inches wider than any other light-duty pickup in its class, and beefy 35-inch tires ensure that the pickup can tackle challenging surface obstacles at high speeds and with ease. Its Bilstein Black Hawk e2 shocks have been tuned to deliver high performance both on and off the trail.

Up front, the Ram 1500 RHO features a unique Ram badge, blacked-out LED headlights and LED clearance marker lights mounted to the front bumper and integrated into the hood scoop. When approached, the pickup displays a unique lighting sequence to greet the driver; this lighting sequence also indicates that the remote start feature has been activated.

Inside, the pickup features a 14.5-inch touchscreen display in the center, flanked by a 10.25-inch passenger screen and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. A full-color head-up display (HUD) is fully customizable to the driver’s preference, relaying important vehicle information like a digital tachometer, Lane Departure, Lane Keep Assist and turn-by-turn navigation. Hands-free Driving Assist, Ram’s Level 2+ automated driving feature, offers hands-free driving in certain conditions, while the available Harman Kardon audio system features 19 speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer.

At this time, pricing and availability for the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO have not been revealed, and the automaker has not released photos of the pickup.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for continuous Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. truth speaker

    how the tables have turned. guess ford should put a dead trx under the hood of the raptor r.

    1. rapturd


  2. Glenny G

    RHO is priced at $69,995 and other sites say they have opened up orders. Makes me think twice about the order I put in for a v6 raptor at nearly $10K more than this…

    1. Mackie

      It’s a DODGE with bolt-ons.

  3. Jeff

    More powerful than the larger 3.5L TT ecoboost!

  4. rapturd

    Hopefully it sounds better than a v6

    1. John

      It does not. It sounds horrible.

    2. Shawnski

      I don’t know what happened to appreciating an exhaust note other than a V8. I have turbo 4s, turbo inline six and a variety of of old school SBF and BBF’s along with 2 Coyote’s one being SC. The Coyote is hardly the end all be all of sonic excellence. I like the mellow tone of the EB Raptor.

  5. Stalkbroker94

    Ah, as always one step behind and desperate for a one-up by the skin of their teeth. Dodge has always been this way.
    Anyone remember how the 2015 Hellcat was only going to have 600 horsepower until the 2014 GT 500 debuted with +640hp? Yup. Dodge did a hasty one up and pretended they’d done something amazing.

  6. Raptor Rules

    The Raptor is, was, and always will be the king. These imitators will hardly make a dent in sales.

    1. Andre

      Right!!!! Often duplicated but never replicated.

  7. Smitty

    For sure!! How many times has Ram won the Baja 1000? I know the Raptor has several wins under it’s belt!! The Terd Rex and whatever it is will never catch up the Raptor!!

  8. Nautical-one345

    This is not compatible to the Raptor or Raptior R at all. I do however give RAM kudos for putting others (including Ford) on notice in 2019 to improve interior materials and fit / finish, as the then new 2019 RAM launched with the best interiors bar none!
    Ford listened and immediately improved its interiors, with GM and others improving later.
    I for one expect top notch interior materials and quality fit / finish at trucks that cost north of $80k!

  9. Shawnski

    That’s an Impressive amount of HP and TQ for a 3.0 six. Looks much nicer than than the overdone TRX. The V6 Raptor product planners are on notice here.


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