We call the new Ram TRX a “super truck”. This name cannot be simply given, it has to be earned. You have asked us to drag race the new TRX against a supercharged V8 Ford Truck, so here goes. In this epic drag race, we put together a bracket that consists of four trucks. Huge thanks to Eric and Matt who brought their F-150 trucks specifically for this test.
Also, thanks to IMI Motorsports in Dacono, Colorado for providing the test track facility for us to use.
Here are the contestants…
A tuned 2019 Ford F-150 crew cab 4×4 with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 10-speed automatic. This truck has all stock hardware components, but it has a ‘5 Star Tuning’ 91-octane performance tune installed. This truck has an approximate curb weight of 5,200 lbs and a 3.55 rear axle ratio. This truck has a stock crank-shaft power rating of 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. However, the tune adds about 100 wheel-horsepower.
Next up is our long-term test truck – stock 2020 Ford Raptor crew cab. This truck is completely stock. It’s equipped with a high-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The crank-shaft power rating is 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. This fully-optioned truck weighs about 6,000 lbs, and it is equipped with a 4.10 rear axle ratio.
The winner of the first bracket goes up against a very special truck. It’s a 2017 Ford F-150 Shelby with a supercharged 5.0-liter “Coyote” V8! The truck has a BDS suspension lift, 35-inch all-terrain tires, traction bars in the rear, and a large Whipple supercharger that sits on top of the engine. Shelby lists the truck at a crankshaft rating of 750 horsepower. This truck also has a ‘5 Star Tune’ that smooths out the power delivery and adds a little more output at the high-end. This particular truck was not dyno tested after the tune, so we don’t know exactly how much power it’s putting down. This Shelby truck is also listed at a 6,000 lbs curb weight (same weight as the Raptor crew cab).
Finally, the winner goes up against a new fully-stock 2021 Ram TRX with a TR1 package. This is more of a basic TRX configuration that does not have all the options. This truck is equipped with a factory 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with a crankshaft rating of 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This truck does not have many options, so it is a bit lighter than the other TRX trucks we recently tested. The curb weight of this truck is about 6,470 lbs. Yes, this truck is the heaviest of these four by far. It is equipped with a 3.55 rear axle ratio.
In the end, the Ram TRX is victorious with a considerable margin. This red TRX ran a 0-60 MPH at a mile above sea level of 4.56 seconds. This is indeed a crazy fast acceleration for a truck that is this big and heavy.
The blue tuned F-150 also surprised us with a blistering fast 5.3 second 0-60 MPH acceleration.