2021 Ram 1500 TRX Easter Egg Shows No Mercy Toward The Ford Raptor
You’d think Ford and Ram are now locked into a prehistoric name game with their off-road pickup trucks, but they aren’t. While the 2021 1500 TRX looks like a play on T. Rex, Ram chose the name TRX because it was something the manufacturer already had the rights to – a convenience name. However, it seems the designers felt there was some similarity between the name and the Supreme Predator if a newly discovered Easter egg was proof.
A video posted to the catchmeoffroad Instagram account shows a unique Easter egg hidden under the hood of the TRX – an image of a T. Rex with a raptor stuck between the T. Rex’s razor-sharp teeth. The blood running down the Rex’s chin sells the ferocity of the beast. To find it, you not only have to open the hood but also lift the plastic engine fairing. It’s located right there at the front of the engine compartment. There is a good chance that some owners will never find it.
The Easter Egg is just a hit through the Raptor’s arc as Ram aims to give the Raptor some warm competition after Ford has been alone in space for several years. The T. Rex Easter Egg is certainly suitable. The highlight of the Ram is the engine – a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 borrowed from the brand’s Hellcat models. It produces 702 horsepower (523 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (881 Newton-meters) of torque. That’s much more than the Raptor, which uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 developing 450 hp (335 kW) and 510 lb-ft (691 Nm) of torque.
We can’t wait to see the TRX and Raptor go head-to-head in a litany of off-road tests and comparisons. The TRX is much more powerful, but also more expensive, starting at $ 69,995. The 2020 Raptor is $ 16,000 cheaper to start. However, that could change. A report released the same day that Ram unveiled the TRX said Ford would offer the next-gen Raptor with two engines, and one of them would be a supercharged V8. If that happens, expect the Raptor’s price and performance to be much more on par with the TRX.