• Can the Ram 1500 Minotaur be the Ford Raptor Slayer?

    2016 ram 1500 minotaur off-road race truck ford raptor
    Ram 1500 Minotaur

    The 2017 Ford Raptor is just around the corner. It will go on sale this fall. Is there any truck that can challenge it or slay it? The Ram 1500 Minotaur by Prefix Performance may be one truck that comes close. The Minotaur is an aftermarket package that includes: suspension, bodywork, wheels and tires that you can order and purchase from a participating Ram dealer.

    You can either transform your current 2013-2016 Ram 1500 Express or Sport with 4×2 or 4×4 into a Manitour, or simply purchase one new.

    The base Minotaur package includes:

    • KORE Suspension with FOX Racing 3.0″ internal bypass shocks
    • Wide-Body front and rear fenders
    • Custom front fascia designed to match fenders
    • Fenders, fascia, and bedsides painted to match vehicle
    • LED fog lamps
    • Aluminum front skid plate
    • Red painted tow hooks
    • Minotaur badging
    • 35″ all-terrain tires by General with 17″ aluminum wheels

    All this retails for $21,995, according to the Prefix Performance website.

    The package increases the track width with oversized upper and lower control arms and 3.0 inch diameter FOX Racing shocks. Interestingly, the 2017 Ford Raptor also comes with 3.0 inch diameter FOX Racing shocks, although the tuning is likely different.

    Prefix Performance has additional options for the person who wants it all. Performance side exhaust system that is inspired by the Dodge Viper dumps right ahead of the rear tires. It adds $2,595 to the cost. You can swap the engine in the truck for a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 for an additional $12,995. You can opt for the 20-inch rims for $895, and finally you can paint your Minotaur any custom color you choose for an additional $23,995.

    Still, you can get a 2016 Ram 1500 Express Quad Cab 4×2 with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 for around $34,000. That means a base Minotaur truck with a V8 will cost around $57,000.

    Check out these two factory Ram off-road trucks go up the a difficult Arizona trail.

    Andre Smirnov
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    22 thoughts on “Can the Ram 1500 Minotaur be the Ford Raptor Slayer?

    1. Who would pay $57k for a total poseur 4×2 “off road” pickup truck?

      This truck has a cheap, aftermarket look to it…except its not cheap. The Raptor has a very finished, integrated look to it.

    2. Suspension travel?
      Traction aids?
      Additional armor beyond a front skid?

      I can’t say that I am very impressed from reading the article (haven’t looked at their website). This seems like maybe $4k-$5k worth of parts, not $20k+.

    3. I cannot believe the prices quoted here. This has to be a mistake. Nobody would pay so much for so little. This thing is no threat to the Raptor or anything else. Madness.

    4. Possibly the WORST Tire I’ve ever experienced off-road.
      As for Price, I’m not one to usually disagree as AEV has no problem selling over priced JK350 kits (~$15k), but they sell an entire image and actually have sort of a marketing campaign around global expedition. We are talking around $75k for a well equipped ME-TOO Truck. Not $50k for a well equipped Sport Wrangler like AEV. Nice try Prefix. Go back to building prototypes.

    5. Should of done like they did before and offer this stuff through JC Whitney. Still not a factory truck.

    6. I like Kore’s Off Road package for the RAM 1500,and then just on the other side of L.A.is a company that has a complete wipple supercharger assembly package as well,for the 5.7 Hemi,8 speed auto producing well south of 600ft of torque,and over 514hp.This makes for one heck of a modified stock offroad racer.Andre with the discounting going on right now,you could easy pick up a 2016 RAM Crewcab,4×4,5.7L,Big Horn,or Lonestar for around 34,000.Your prcing is the Denver area right?

    7. I’d prefer a 2017 raptor but that ram looks badass too. Love that side exhaust. I want that front skid for my truck.

    8. Looked more into this kit pretty awesome really. Nice addition to a used Ram. Would be interested what you can pick and choose out of it. I would run a different all terrain with 17″ wheel. Suspension doesn’t need to be quite that awesome for my use. All in all and very nice complete looking package. Sits pretty high as well.

    9. Like Jay says: I thought I was about to see a new factory effort to challenge the Ford Raptor. Still, seems no other MFG has the balls to really produce a Raptor challenger. Just pretenders.

    10. The Rogue Racing Dominator Kit for the Chevy Silverado 1500 looks like some serious competition for the Raptor… It is not a factory effort but it looks good and should perform like a modified Raptor.

    11. You’d think with all the customization from Prefix Performance, they could have included a manual transmission option… just sayin’….


    12. The only thing I see here is a make believe pretender. The Raptor is in a class by itself. I like the name and, if protected, the side exhausts.
      In other words, I am underwhelmed by the Minotaur. It is probably a nice but expensive package but definately NOT a Raptor. Too bad, as I actually like the Dodge, err Ram truck and feel it is the best looking truck on the market.

    13. I think the RAM Powerwagon is in a class of own,it comes equipt with everything you would need to run around in a OFF-ROAD Park.I have lived in the desert all my life and have found that some things are very important in a truck,winch,tires,lift,cost to own.A preproduction 2017 Ford F-150 tried to run the Parker 250,and after 1 lap,it suffered a fatal electrical failure,on the other had the RAM Kore/Prefix Minotaur ran the Baja 1000 with Kore team and suffered just a rear axle seal failure but still completed the race.Also I gonna wait on who is the most expensive truck issue,and see what Ford Dealerships will offer this truck at.One thing also is that Ford is advertising that a specs tire was design for this truck which makes me wonder what the cost will be on that tire.

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