When rumors first began to swirl about the Ram 1500 TRX, it was obvious that FCA had their sights set on the baja-bashing Ford F-150 Raptor. FCA has continued to claim that the TRX name is not a reference to the king of the Late-Cretaceous period, but a new easter egg discovered by Insatgram user catchmeoffroad suggests otherwise. Depicting a Tyrannosaurus Rex taking a bloody chomp out of a Raptor, the new discovery is a great reminder of just how metal nature can be.
This new easter egg is located underneath the cover for the truck’s massive 29-liter airbox, and was found during a stint at the Holly Oaks ORV Park. Located front and center in the engine bay, all it takes is a few pulls at the cover and then the image can be proudly displayed. The easter egg may be scientifically impossible, as the two Raptor species predated the mighty T-Rex by a few million years, but the bloodied chin of the Dino makes the message clear.
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This isn’t the first time that FCA has poked fun at Ford’s choice of dinosaur name plate either. Inside of one of the interior storage compartments, there is a graphic that compares the size of the Ram 1500 TRX to the creature from which it borrows its name. However, the image also features a velociraptor, which looks rather harmless and small next to the star of the first Jurassic Park.
While some might find this type of activity from FCA to be rather silly, Ford isn’t exactly in a position to respond. With 702 horsepower under the hood, the TRX is significantly more powerful and much quicker than the 450 horsepower EcoBoost-powered Raptor. Whether or not this makes Ford stuff the GT500’s Predator V8 into the next-gen truck has yet to be seen, but we won’t have to wait much longer. The next-gen Raptor is slated to go on sale sometime next year, at which point we’ll see if the easter eggs hold up.