Road & Track (USA)

The Competitio­n

It took a decade, but Ram and Chevy finally responded to the Raptor.

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A. Ram 1500 TRX

The Ram 1500 TRX is the “Whatever you can do, I can do better” of supertruck­s. It was born to do one thing: prevail over the Raptor. At 232.9 inches long, 88 inches wide, and 80.9 inches tall, it’s bigger all around than the already gigantic Ford. It has more grunt under the hood too. The TRX’S 6.2-liter supercharg­ed V-8, extracted from Dodge’s range of tire-melting, Hellcatbra­nded muscle cars, is rated at 702 hp and

650 lb-ft of torque. The two extra cylinders and 252 additional horses help the Ram get to

60 a second and a half quicker than its crosstown rival, in just

3.7 seconds.

It’s not just looks and straight-line speed where the TRX aims to one-up the Raptor. The apex-predator vibes extend into the chassis. Underneath the truck, you’ll find a frame totally different from the standard 1500’s, with thicker high-strength steel and boxed side rails. The shocks, adaptive Black Hawk e2 units from Bilstein, allow for 13 inches of travel front and rear. That’s slightly less than in the Raptor, with its Fox Live Valve setup, but considerin­g the power deficit between the two, we’re certain the Ram would keep up with (and likely surpass) the Ford through any terrain. At $78,675 without any options (and before dealer markups), the TRX does surpass the Raptor in price.

Oh, hang on. Ford has announced it will make a V-8-powered Raptor R, likely using a version of the 760-hp supercharg­ed engine from the Mustang Shelby GT500. And so it goes.

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