Meet The 702-HP 2021 RAM 1500 TRX Hellcat Truck

If you’re among the thousands of people who own a truck in Texas, you fully appreciate the raw power that comes from a beefy vehicle. Texas plays host to the most trucks per person in the nation, after all. 

Texans can fully appreciate all the specs of the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX, especially when you compare it side-by-side with its competition, the Ford Raptor. Here are the details of the RAM 150 TRX and Ford Raptor face off.

Size and Specs

The Ford Raptor comes with a 146-inch wheelbase and 231.9-inch length, making it a longer and shorter offroad pickup truck than the TRX 145.1-inch wheelbase and 232.9-inch length. 

However, the RAM 1500 TRX  is wider and taller than the Raptor with an 88-inch waist and nearly 2.5 inches more height, standing 8.9 inches off the ground. 

The TRX also has a better ground clearance of 11.8 inches versus the Ford Raptor’s 11.5 inches. The longer bed of 5 feet 7 inches gives the TRX a 2-inch advantage over Ford’s 5-foot-5-inch bed. 

Both the Raptor and TRX have a 30.2-degree approach angle. The RAM 1500 TRX has .1 degree more of a break over angle. Both trucks have the ability to traverse water depths of up to 32 inches with the TRX having a higher departure degree of 23.5 degrees compared with Raptor’s 23 degrees.  

Power Struggle

In short, the RAM 1500 TRX is a faster and more powerful truck. 

Here are the side-by-side specs: 

Engine

Ford Raptor – Twin-Turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6

2021 RAM 1500 TRX – 6.2-liter Hemi supercharged V8

Transmission

Ford Raptor – 10-speed automatic transmission

2021 RAM 1500 TRX – 8-speed automatic transmission

Horsepower

Ford Raptor –  450 hp

2021 RAM 1500 TRX – 702 hp

Torque

Ford Raptor – 510 pound-feet of torque

2021 RAM 1500 TRX – 650-pound-feet of torque

Plus, the 5,697-pound Raptor can move from zero-to-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The beefier TRX at 6,350 pounds can get to the same speed in 4.5 seconds.  

Comparable Parts

The Raptor and TRX both feature a reliable suspension with control-arm independent suspension in the front and coil-over dampers along with solid axles in the back. TRX has coil sprints while the Raptor has leaf springs. 

Both have a comparable drive train as well. Here are the specs: 

  • F-150 Raptor: 4.10:1 final-drive ratio both in the front and back. This includes an optional Torsen limited-slip differential upfront. 
  • 1500 TRX: 3.55 final-drive ratio including a Dana 60 in the back. All vehicles come standard with this setup including an electronically locking differential. 
  • Both the Raptor and 1500 TRX: in 4-Lo, both trucks utilize a two-speed 2.65:1 ratio. 

The advantage lies with the Hellcat truck, the TRX, that has a drive-mode management system including Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow, and Custom, with Off-road separately adding Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja. 

Ford has a tow-rating of 8,000 lbs while the Ram can pull an additional 100 pounds. The TRX has a higher carrying capacity as well, with the ability to carry up to 1,310 pounds. The Raptor can only carry up to 1,200 pounds.  

Technical Details

The 2021 RAM 1500 TRX wins the gadget battle as well. While the Raptor comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot ready sync 3 infotainment system and an 8-inch touchscreen display, the TRX has a Uconnect 4c infotainment system with a 12-inch display. 

Both trucks come with a 360-degree camera and trail control. The TRX, though, has advanced trailer aids like reverse steering control and an optional digital review camera. You can see what’s happening through the 9.2-inch LCD monitor. 

2021 RAM 1500 TRX Reigns

The Raptor and 2021 RAM 1500 TRX may have similar features, but ultimately, side by side, the TRX crushes the Raptor. RAM trucks just do better.

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