In addition to over-the-top off the beaten track capabilities, the Ram TRX is a surprising performer on the road. For reference, did you know that the Helltruck is one tenth slower to 100 km / h than the Porsche 718 Cayman S?
Enter the Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo RR, a side-by-side that weighs far less and has more travel than the most off-road-oriented pickup in the segment. The Fast Lane compared these two on the tarmac and dirt with surprising results, and spoiler alert: the Maverick emerged as the winner.
On a paved road, the Ram launched a speed of 60 miles per hour in 4.78 and 4.73 seconds, respectively, while the Can-Am performed no better than 5.52 and 4.94 seconds. Over a distance of 440 meters, the TRX won once, while the Maverick was the first to cross the finish line on the second attempt by just a few centimeters.
These results are pretty much reflected in the dirt. The Can-Am crossed the line by a decent margin the first time, but the 702 horsepower pickup got its revenge from just a nose on the second run. As for the final test, Andre Smirnov of The Fast Lane decided to pit these bad guys against each other on an unpaved track favoring the much lighter Maverick X3 RR.
As you might expect, the Can-Am finished the lap much faster than the half-ton truck thanks to its greater maneuverability and a whopping 22 inches compared to 14 inches of rear wheel travel. Despite leading-edge output figures in the segment, the 6.2-liter blown TRX couldn’t outperform 49.83 seconds, compared to 45.03 seconds for the Maverick with a three-cylinder Rotax turbo engine.
In that regard, which of these two completely different vehicles would you choose for a weekend away from the urban jungle? If you ask me, I couldn’t resist taking a supercharged HEMI off the beaten path in Baja Mode.