The Dodge RAM, known plainly as the RAM in the US and Canada, started production back in 1981. It comes in six different trims - ST, SXT, SLT, TRX, Sport Laramie, and Power Wagon - and four different cab options - Crew Cab (new for 2010), Mega Cab, Quad Cab, and Regular Cab.
The RAM is powered by a plethora of engine options, including a 3.7L V6 producing 215 HP and 235 lb-ft of torque, a 4.7L V8 delivering 310 HP and 330 lb-ft of torque, a 5.7L V8 with 355/390 HP and 395/404 lb-ft of torque, and a 6.7L turbodiesel I-6 getting 350 HP and 610/650 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a 6-speed manual or a choice of three different automatics: 4-, 5-, or 6-speed.
The latest masterpiece that will be present at the 2008 SEMA Show is the customized Dodge Ram R/T. The new vehicle features a 5.7-liter V8 engine capable to deliver 380 hp while the exterior of the vehicle features an unique integrated spoiler, new Mopar dual-snorkel aluminum hood, side sills and a new Mopar dual exhaust system. Also, the manufacturer added a new set of 22 inch Alcoas wheels fitted with 285/45R22s tires in front and 305/40R22s in the rear as well as a new Mopar air suspension kit. The body kit is covered in B5 blue paint with carbon-fiber accent stripes while at the interior the Katzkin leather seats feature the same body color.
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After talking about the Challenger line-up at SEMA, we’re now going to the RAM pick-up. First will be the Ram TRXtreme based on the TRX-4 off-road truck.
Mopar Underground design team added 4.5-inches of extra ground clearance using a Mopar lift kit, 20-inch wheels wrapped in knurly BFG 37X12.50’s. The exterior paint is bright yellow and mineral grey two-tone.
The Ram TRXtreme also features larger grille, a Mopar tuned dual exhaust system, a Mopar navigation system, DVD headrests and Mopar leather seats by Katzkin.
Dodge added a new package for the 2009 Ram 1500. Set to go on sale this month, the Lone Star Edition is priced at $1,500. All 2009 Lone Star Edition Dodge Rams must also be equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. This $1,310 option, added to the $1,500 equipment price, brings the total price of the Lone Star package to $2,810. (If the package components were priced individually, the value would be $3,560.)
The all-new 2009 Lone Star Edition package includes the new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 390 hp and 407 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, chromed 4-inch dual exhaust radiused into the rear bumper, 20-inch painted silver wheels (20-inch chromed wheels are available), chromed grille surround with chromed billets, quad headlamps and fog lamps. In addition, a lighting group includes leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, signal- and puddle-lamp exterior mirrors, interior mirror with auto-dim feature, overhead console, illuminated visor vanity, ash-tray lamp, lighted glove box, and underhood and dome lamps. Topping off the package is unique Lone Star badging on the tailgate.
Who says the days of big horsepower are over? Don’t tell that to Chrysler’s parts arm Mopar. It’s preparing a SEMA version for the newly launched 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. When creating this special concept, the development team wanted this Ram to be something a customer could actually recreate with nothing more than a new Ram, a Mopar Accessories catalog, and a credit card.
Under the hood is the improved-for-2009 stock 5.7-liter HEMI engine pushing a 390 horsepower. The drivetrain utilizes the stock five-speed automatic fitted with a high-stall torque converter that feeds the power to a set of 4.10 rear gears. Dodge estimates the run from 0 to 60 mph to take about 5.6 seconds.
The special Ram R/T includes a Mopar dual snorkel aluminum hood, cold air intake, dual exhaust, and carbon fiber accent stripes. The suspension is dropped and the stance looks even more hunkered down thanks to the chin spoiler, and body kit that includes sill and box pieces. Rolling stock (285/45R22 front and 305/40R22 rear) spin on a set of concept 22-inch machine-face wheels with dark accent pockets produced by Alcoa.
Chrysler announced plans to cut 300 of its 1,700 employees at its light truck assembly plant in Saltillo, Mexico. The plant builds Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 series trucks, which are mainly exported to the United States and Canada. The plant is also expected to pick up production for Nissan trucks.
Last month GM also announced that it was cutting 600 jobs at its industrial complex in Silao, Mexico. The Silao plant produces some of GM’s GMT-900-based vehicles, as well as engines and transmissions.
Both Chrysler and GM attribute the job cuts directly to the slumping U.S. market. Though Chrysler will need to higher about 485 workers when production of its Phoenix engines starts next year in Saltillo. But there is good news for Mexican workers, Freightliner will be expected to have a new plant up and running in Mexico by 2009.
According to Chrysler the 2009 RAM could boast a 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. This can be possible because the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that powers the 2009 RAM is now more powerful and more efficient.
The new engine delivers 380 hp and a peak torque of 404 lbs-ft and feature an improvement of 5%. The truck’s overall weight was cut by 80 pounds and in this way the pick-up became more aerodynamically efficient.
The 2008 Ram Quad Cab Laramie is powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi gets 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Raising the highway mileage to 23 mpg on the highway makes it one of the most efficient full-size pickups on the road. Four-by-four models using the 5.7 Hemi typically hit about 17 mpg on the highway.
Chrysler also announced that the company is working on a diesel and two-hybrid versions of the 2009 RAM.
For all the loyal Dodge Ram fans this truck should be worth the wait. The big 5.7L HEMI engine has been worked on to produce 10% more power (380hp / 404lb) and 4% better gas economy. The truck is packed with 42 clever storage spaces, such as the optional ‘ram boxes’ that act as miniature trunk space located in the rear fenders. Those boxes can be locked and are water proof as well. The interior is coming to a whole new level. With a dual tone instrument panel, featuring hand stitching and the first heated steering wheel in its class. But breaking through technology is located behind the rear wheels. The 2009 Ram will be the first pickup to receive coil over suspension. This technology is supposed to bring the Ram to another level in comfort and handling without altering its legendary capability.
We can’t wait to see if it is as good as they say it is, but it surely looks good.
Emerging from a herd of 120 long horn cattle driven by 10 cowboys on horseback down Washington Boulevard in downtown Detroit today, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram made its debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.
They did it ! They did bring bulls in the street of Detroit, right in downtown for the presentation of the new dodge ram pickup trucks. Heliopters in the air, camera guys on roof tops and crowd lined up as if it was 4th of july.
Chryler / Dodge Top Executives Posing proud in front of their new baby
The truck is nice and clean, for more info about that check our review here.