With electrification being the hottest trend in the automotive industry, Ford introduced the F-150 Lightning to the market last year. On the other hand, most regard the benchmark as the RAM 1500 TRX, a 702 horsepower opponent for all pickups.
The The United States is the largest market for pickup trucks, with a handful of companies and thousands of customers every day. While most pickups focus on being work machines, some are built for fun and can give sports cars a hard time. Although there are many pickup trucks on the market, the Ford F-150 is the most popular of them all, and it’s a proven machine with no shortage of experience for almost any need.
Since the arrival of the all-electric F-150 Lightning last year, there has been much confusion and debate about which is the more capable of the two. Now we have an answer! Excited to find out? Read below.
Supercharged V8-powered TRX takes on the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning
The RAM 1500 TRX here is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine, popularly known as the Hellcat. The supercharged 6.2-litre V8 is mated to an 8HP95 8-speed automatic transmission, powering all four wheels. That stock supercharged V8 produces 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, with which it can sprint through 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
The stock RAM TRX comes with 18-inch aluminum wheels paired with LT325/65R18D off-road tires. The pickup also comes standard with a 3.55 rear axle ratio, permanent 4WD electric transfer case, Active-Performance front and rear shock absorbers with adaptive air suspension and front stabilizer bars.
On the other hand, the Ford F-150 Lightning is an electric truck, unlike its trusty thirsty supercharged V8. The F-150 Lightning has a pair of electric motors on the front and rear axles that produce 452 horsepower with the normal battery and 580 horsepower with the larger battery. However, both versions offer up to 775 lb-ft of torque. While Ford claims the F-150 Lightning can hit 60 mph in around 4 seconds, independent agencies claim it takes around 4.1 seconds to hit 0-60 mph, making it faster than the TRX.
Similar to the TRX, the F-150 Lightning is also an all-wheel-drive truck, and all four wheels have independent air suspensions. Lower models come with 18-inch aluminum wheels, while higher models come with 20- or 22-inch aluminum wheels.
RAM 1500 TRX decimates Ford F-150 lighting
Since the arrival of the F-150 Lighting, there has been some confusion as to which performs better between the two. While the TRX’s supercharged V8 is one of the meanest monsters out there, the F-150 Lighting is no slouch. Anyway, all conflicts must have a way out, and we finally have one. Thanks to our friends at The Fast Lane Truck YouTube channel for hosting a quarter-mile drag race between the RAM 1500 TRX and the Ford F-150 Lighting.
Both of these trucks are in stock form and feature no additional performance or aesthetic features. However, they used a Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat with the optional extended-range battery, which delivers 580 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque to all wheels.
The quarter-mile drag race begins on a drag strip in Iowa and is sponsored by Granger Motors. It’s important to note that both trucks had their respective “sport mode” enabled. Once the race started, the RAM TRX began to demonstrate its pure supercharged V8 power, easily leaving the Ford behind and winning the race by reaching the quarter mile in 12.97 seconds at a speed of 108.1 mph. The F-150 finishes the race in 13.52 seconds at 103 mph.
Also, these two trucks once again do well against each other in a rematch where we again see similar results. The TRX takes the lead, hitting the quarter mile in 12.94 seconds at 107.6 MPH, followed closely by the F-150 Lightning in 13.20 seconds at 104 MPH. That said, we finally find an answer to the mystery, and here we see the RAM TRX emerge victorious.
RAM TRX offers more capabilities with the aftermarket Tyrant pack
Although RAM sells the TRX in only one version and offers no performance upgrades, you can get a beefier production and road-legal model of the TRX. Yes, you heard us right! Granger Motors, an Iowa-based company that specializes in offering custom versions of Stellantis vehicles, offers two additional performance packages for the TRX. The first is the Tyrant TRX Package priced at $7,995, and the other is the Tyrant 37 package priced at $14,995.
Granger Motors main goal was to create a Red Eye version of the TRX and to do that they had to design special performance parts for extra performance. Tyrant package includes J&L high performance oil separator module, high performance ID1050 fuel injectors, larger ignition coils, 3.17 inch supercharger pulley, 180 degree thermostat and HPTuners tuning with exclusive Nth Moto calibration.
The Tyrant 37 package, however, focuses on delivering more off-road capability with NITTO Ridge Grappler tires, Mopar Performance running boards, 20-inch aluminum wheels, a recalibrated speedometer and an upgrade kit. 1.5 inch level. Consequently, the TRX Tyrant is the baddest alter-ego with 787 horsepower and 702 lb-ft of torque.
When the regular TRX goes against the one equipped with the Tyrant pack, the Tyrant wins the race by reaching the quarter mile in 12.63 seconds at 111.3 mph, while the TRX trails in 13.30 seconds at 104 mph.
Source: Youtube, RAM, Ford.