As the V8-powered Ram 1500 TRX faces discontinuation after the 2024 model year, it’s worth revisiting just how impressive this off-road truck’s performance is on prepared surfaces. According to Stellantis, the TRX can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 kilometers per hour) in just 4.5 seconds, ultimately reaching a top speed of 118 mph (190 kph).
While the Hellcat engine in the TRX is certainly capable of breaking the 200-mph barrier in vehicles like the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, it’s essential to consider that the TRX is a significantly heavier vehicle equipped with all-terrain tires. This places it in a different performance category compared to lighter, high-performance vehicles like the Dodge Charger.
The same distinction applies to competitors like the Ford F-150 Raptor R and the S550-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Notably, the Raptor R does not come with launch control, as Ford designed its Predator-engined truck primarily for off-road capabilities.
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With a curb weight of 5,950 pounds (approximately 2,700 kilograms), the Raptor R is slightly lighter than the Ram 1500 TRX, which is listed at 6,350 pounds (around 2,880 kilograms) in its lightest form. Additionally, the Raptor R introduced 37-inch tires to Ford’s half-ton pickup truck, while the Ram 1500 TRX comes with 35-inch tires. Although smaller tires typically mean less resistance during acceleration from a standstill, it’s surprising to see the more powerful and torquier Ram lose in all three drag races.
The Ram 1500 TRX generates an impressive 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet (881 Nm) of torque. In contrast, the Raptor R is down by just 2 horsepower and 10 pound-feet of torque. However, the weight makes a significant difference in a quarter-mile showdown. During tests at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, both white trucks achieved quarter-mile times of 12.503 and 12.692 seconds, respectively. Notably, the Raptor R carried more speed through the quarter mile, reaching 109.11 miles per hour (175.595 kilometers per hour) compared to the TRX’s respectable 106.81 mph (171.894 kph).
It’s essential to mention that both trucks have top speed limitations imposed by their engine control module software. The Ram 1500 TRX can comfortably reach 118 miles per hour, whereas the Raptor R tops out at 114 mph (183 kph). The V6-powered Raptor with standard 35-inch tires is even faster at 120 mph (193 kph).
Ford recently updated the F-150 for the 2024 model year, and this mid-cycle refresh also brought more power to the Raptor R. Unfortunately, Ford has not yet released the exact output figures for this model. In contrast, Stellantis is transitioning from the 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 to a twin-turbocharged inline-six engine for the 2025 model year Ram 1500 TRX.
Known as the Hurricane, this 3.0-liter engine produces 510 horsepower and 500 pound-feet (678 Nm) of torque in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The HurriCrate CatX crate engine version aims for horsepower in the mid-1,000s, while the HurriCrate Cat3 offers 550 horsepower. The specific tune for the 2025 model year TRX is yet to be confirmed, but Stellantis will likely massage the inline-six engine to produce around 700 horsepower.
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