2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R vs. Ram 1500 TRX: V8 Mega Trucks Compared

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R vs. Ram 1500 TRX: V8 Mega Trucks Compared

There are trucks and there are tr-uuu-cks. And when you want the most ridiculous pickups in terms of horsepower, performance and off-road capability, there’s no hotter duo than that Ford F-150 Bird of Prey and Ram 1500 TRX.

So after that Debut of the new V8-powered Raptor R On Monday, let’s take a closer look at how these bad guys are performing on paper. Does one truck have a clear advantage over the other or can these competitors hang next to each other?

engine and performance

The main difference between the Raptor R and the standard F-150 Raptor is its engine. Instead of using a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, the Raptor R gets a supercharged V8. That makes it a far more formidable opponent for the TRX, which also has mega V8 power.

powertrain specifications

Ford F-150 Raptor R Ram 1500 TRX

Supercharged 5.2 liter V8

Supercharged 6.2 liter V8


700 hp

702 hp


640 lb.ft.

650 lb.ft.


10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic






4.5 sec

off-road geometry

Given the sheer size and power of these trucks, you probably won’t be using them to tackle extremely technical sections on tight trails. But when it comes time to hit the rocks or dunes, both the Ford and Ram are well set for success, although the Raptor has a clear advantage across the board here.

off-road specifications

Ford F-150 Raptor R Ram 1500 TRX
approach angle

33.1 degrees

30.2 degrees

departure angle

24.9 degrees

23.5 degrees

corner break

24.4 degrees

21.9 degrees

ground clearance

13.1 inches

11.8 inches

The Raptor R comes standard with 37-inch tires.



To call these big pickups is an understatement. They’re huge in every dimension — so much so that they’re required by law to have center amber marker lights because they’re so damn wide. However, as you can see, the dimensions are pretty close. None of the trucks really outperforms the others in this category.

Outside measurements

Ford F-150 Raptor R Ram 1500 TRX

145.4 inches

145.1 inches


232.6 inches

232.9 inches


87.0 inches

88.0 inches


80.6 inches

80.9 inches

base weight

5,950 pounds (estimated)

6,350 pounds

The Ram has slightly less payload and towing capacity than the Ford.

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truck stuff

You can’t talk about pickup trucks without discussing their hauling capabilities. Payload is the weight a truck can carry in its bed, while towing refers to how heavy a trailer can be towed. In both categories, Ford has a slight advantage.

payload and towing

Ford F-150 Raptor R Ram 1500 TRX
Maximum payload

1,400 pounds

1,310 pounds

Maximum towing

8,700 pounds

8,100 pounds

None of these trucks are wimps.

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Inside, each truck features a 12-inch portrait touchscreen running the latest and greatest systems from each automaker. For Ford, that means Sync 4 with over-the-air update capability, and for Ram, the user-friendly Uconnect system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard on both trucks.

These pickups also have many active and passive safety systems. Ford hasn’t detailed the new Raptor R, but considering the standard F-150 Raptor comes standard with the company’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver-assistance technologies, we can’t imagine the R being any different . Ram offers a similar array of tech, with things like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning.


So far these crazy pickups seem pretty balanced, but when it comes to price there’s a big difference. Ford says the Raptor R will start at just under $110,000, while the Ram 1500 TRX is $80,595 including target. Sure, you can pick a Ram up to the six-figure mark, but that’s still quite a premium price.

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will go into production later this year.

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