Gallery: 2025 Ram 1500 RHO The Hurricane-Powered Performance Off-Roader

When the current generation of the Ram 1500 was introduced last year, the brand laid out the direction of the lineup going forward, with Core, Sport and Electric making up the three sub-segments of the model. At that point, the Sport group was comprised of the Warlock and the Rebel, but Ram boss Tim Kuniskis told us that there would be another, more powerful truck called the RHO in the future. Well, that future is now and this morning, the Ram Trucks brand dropped all of the key details on their newest off-road performance truck.

As expected, the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO is a great deal like the 2024 Ram 1500 TRX, but brand officials were quick to point out at the media preview that the RHO is not a replacement for the TRX. The RHO is simply the latest addition to the modern Ram 1500 sport lineup and it features a great many of the key components of the TRX, with the key exception being the engine.

Unlike the TRX, which is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 with 702 horsepower, the RHO is motivated by a twin turbocharged 3.0-liter Hurricane I6 with 540 horsepower. When compared to the TRX, the RHO falls short in terms of power and acceleration metrics, but the RHO isn’t designed to compete with the TRX, it is designed to compete with the Ford F150 Raptor and in that matchup – the RHO is compares very favorably.

Ram RHO Power and Performance
As mentioned above, the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO is powered by the twin turbocharged Hurricane 3.0-liter I6, which offers 540 horsepower and 521 lb-ft of torque. When coupled with the 8-speed automatic transmission and the BorgWarner 48-13 full-time active transfer case with varying power split levels depending on the chosen drive mode, the RHO can scoot from a stop to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds and run through a standing quarter mile in 13.1 seconds.

More importantly to many truck owners, the RHO can tow up to 8,380 pounds and haul up to 1,520 pounds in the bed. Those numbers are both better than the Raptor, which has a towing limit of 8,200 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,410 pounds.

The 2024 Ford F15 Raptor is powered by the twin turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, which offers just 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, and while Ford does not include acceleration numbers in their standard list of specifications, a quick web search shows that the Raptor 0-60 times are typically in the mid-to-low-5-second range while quarter mile times tend to be in the lower-14-second range. In short, the Raptor has less power, is less capable in terms of working abilities and is slower in terms of acceleration.

In standard form, the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO comes with a better suspension system, featuring Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks with Dual Electronic Proportional Valves at all four corners, leading to similar class-leading off-road performance to the TRX.

The RHO also features long-travel suspension components and high-strength forged aluminum front upper and lower control arms, leading to a ton of suspension travel and the ability to safely soar through the air without deploying the air bags on landing. These high performance suspension components, coupled with the 35-inch all-terrain tires, lead to impressive off-road performance measurements, exceeding those of the outgoing TRX and rivaling those of the Raptor.

The RHO offers an approach angle of 31 degrees, a departure angle of 25.2 degrees, a breakover angle of 21.8 degrees and 11.8 inches of ground clearance. The standard Raptor has the same approach angle and nearly the same ground clearance (12.0 inches), but it has a slightly lower departure angle (23.9 degrees) and a slightly better breakover angle (22.7 degrees).

Based on these numbers, the RHO can get down off of a steeper hill without the rear bumper digging in while the Raptor can clear a sharper peak, but all-in-all, the two should be very close to each other in terms of real world off-roading abilities. Also, based on what we know of the TRX, the RHO should be nearly as quick on dirt or sand as it is on pavement, so it will blast across flat off-road areas and comfortably climb the toughest obstacles along the way.

High Performance Exterior, Premium Luxury Inside
The 2025 Ram 1500 RHO looks like a dedicated sport truck on the outside, but on the inside, it is all about luxury. The RHO comes standard with 12-way power adjustable (front only) leather-and-suede covered front and rear seats, a 12.3-inch driver information screen (gauge cluster), a 12-inch center infotainment system running UConnect 5 and a premium 10-speaker sound system.

Buyers who upgrade to the RHO Level 1 Equipment Group will get the same gauge cluster screen, but the infotainment system screen moves up to 14.5 inches, the front and rear seats are heated and ventilated, the Premium Plus sound system includes 19 Harman Kardon speakers and a handful of items are added, including a 10.25-inch passenger screen, a 10-inch full color Head Up display, a digital rearview mirror, a 360-degree camera system, carbon fiber trim, a dual wireless charging pad and much more.

The Level 1 package also allows buyers to pick red interior trim for a sportier look, but when loaded up, the new Ram RHO feels far more like a luxury truck than an off-road racer – making it the perfect package for a daily-driven premium pickup.

Surprisingly Low Price
The 2025 Ram 1500 RHO bests the current Ford F150 Raptor in many performance and working metrics, but what makes that even more impressive is that it does so at a fraction of the price. The RHO starts at $69,995 (not including the $1,995 destination fee) while the V6-powered Raptor starts at $78,330 – a difference of more than $8,300.

Also, if you want a similar high performance suspension system in your F-150, you have to opt for an equipment group that adds another $11,470 to the MSRP of the Raptor, so to get comparable performance to the RHO, Raptor buyers will have to spend somewhere in the area of $20,000 extra…and the Ford will still be down on horsepower and torque.

Now, Ford fans will be quick to bring up the Raptor R with the supercharged V8 (and an MSRP starting north of $110,000), but Ford ended production at the Romeo Niche Engine Line where the company’s most powerful modern mills were produced, which possibly means the end of the Raptor R after 2025. It is unclear whether Ford will begin building those supercharged V8s at a different facility, but if they do not, we will likely have a V6 Raptor battling an I6 RHO for sport truck supremacy in the near future.

The Hemi-powered TRX might be gone, but Ram is looking to stay on top of the future of the off-road sport truck segment with the Hurricane-powered RHO.

2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO 2025 Ram 1500 RHO
2025 Ram 1500 RHO

Tags featured

Share this post

Patrick Rall

Industry News Editor Patrick entered the Mopar world when he bought his 1983 Mirada back in 1994, installing a mild 340 a year later that would eventually be built up into the range of 500 horsepower. Today, Patrick daily drives a Hellcat Challenger, but he still has his 340-powered Mirada, as well as a 1972 Demon 340 and a Hemi Ram.

Your Cart is empty!

It looks like you haven't added any items to your cart yet.

Browse Products
Powered Voltage Emoji by Caddy