Hellcat-Powered 2021 Ram TRX Easter Egg Pokes Fun at Ford Raptor


Of all the automakers rumored to take aim at Ford’s full-size Raptor, Ram looks to be the closest with its upcoming Hellcat-powered TRX pickup. We’ve seen the truck in a flurry of spy shots, usually wearing heavy camouflage but sporting just enough detail to prove it’s something out-of-the-norm. More leaked images have popped up over on TFL Truck and, in proper fashion, the high-performance Ram makes direction mention of the Raptor by way of a cheeky easter egg.

Fiat-Chrysler is no stranger to sneaking hidden details into its vehicles, but the message behind this one is pretty blatant. In what looks to be a tiny storage compartment, there’s a plastic liner with an image of an almighty T-Rex—y’know, like a TRX—hunting down a velociraptor at the front of the pack. The depictions are apparently to-scale, with the T-Rex dwarfing the velociraptor. That’s more metaphorical than anything, but still, the idea is clear.

Here’s a quick screengrab from TFL Offroad‘s video of the truck:

If the Ram TRX does, in fact, pack a Hellcat engine under its hood as suspected, it’ll likely outmuscle the Ford by a healthy margin. For reference, the Raptor touts a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, utilizing twin turbos to produce 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. That’s respectable for a half-ton truck, no doubt, though every application of FCA’s Hellcat engine makes at least 707 hp. It’s possible that it could be de-tuned for more practical off-road use in the TRX, but expect both torque and horsepower to be far above that of the Blue Oval’s V6.

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