The Ford F-150 Raptor R is impressive on paper, and it certainly sounds amazing, but can it topple the Ram 1500 TRX? We discuss…
Sporting a supercharged, 700 horsepower “Predator” V8 engine under the hood, the F-150 Raptor makes 640 lb-ft of torque. Boasting a lot of similarities to the Shelby Mustang GT500’s V8, Ford engineers tuned it differently. The Predator is tuned for the rigors of an off-roading animal.
Yes, it is an “animal,” as it’s already based on the spiracular Ford F-150 Raptor 37 package. The only notable suspension modification is the beefier front springs, which help support the heavier powertrain. Even the 10-speed automatic transmission was beefed up specifically for the Raptor R. Other than those internals, some badging and the atomic powertrain, it looks pretty much like a regular Raptor.
… And that’s the rub.
Most experts (including Andre) agree that despite the miniscule lack of power (compared to the TRX), the Raptor R probably makes up with its lighter weight. Still, the Ram 1500 TRX looks completely different from every other Ram. Even at a distance, you know you’re looking at something unique. On the other hand, with thousands of Raptors already on the streets, identifying a Raptor R may be challenging to some.
On top of that, there’s the blistering price. The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R has a starting MSRP of $109,145 including destination charges.
You can get a TRX for a lot less moola – that’s for sure. Still, the Raptor R comes just about completely loaded. The TRX, which has an MSRP of $78,890 – can easily match the Raptor’s base price with options, and trim levels. In terms of pricing, and performance, there is no other internal combustion based pickup truck that matches them.
In the conversation, we do mention the GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Escalade V and others – but this truly is a two horse race.