For over a decade, Ford's F-150 Raptor dominated the battle of factory-built super trucks. Then Ram introduced the Hellcat-powered TRX. Ford is now responding to the challenge with the Raptor R. You may have noticed that Ford's supercharged desert racing truck has less horsepower and costs $30,355 more than the top-of-the-line Ram. Here are some reasons why the Raptor R may still be worth its high asking price.
Do numbers tell the truth? The Ram 1500 TRX outperforms the Ford F-150 Raptor R by two horsepower and ten pound-feet of torque. But don't think "more powerful" is as simple as engine output. Let's break down the figure: The Ram 1500 TRX outperforms the new Ford Raptor R by about 3%. However, Ford was able to reduce the Raptor R's weight to 6,050 pounds. The TRX officially weighs 6,439 pounds, but some reviewers claim it weighs 6,866 pounds.
What exactly does this mean? The Raptor R outperforms the Ram TRX in terms of power-to-weight ratio by 8%. This ratio is particularly important in off-road vehicles. In some situations, the weight of a 4x4 truck is more important than the weight of a road truck. Most off-roaders would prefer a slight decrease in power if it meant a significant decrease in weight. Furthermore, the F-150 Raptor produces more power at lower revs. Finally, the Raptor gets a beefed-up version of Ford's new ten-speed automatic transmission, whereas the TRX is stuck with Ram's eight-speed.
While Ford's latest top-tier F-150 Raptor objectively outperforms the Ram 1500 TRX in several metrics, it is more expensive. The base price of the F-150 Raptor is $109,145. That's a lot of money for a truck, even a flagship supertruck. Some off-road enthusiasts may prefer the Raptor R. Others, meanwhile, may decide that its six-figure price tag is simply too high and opt for the Ram TRX.