There just ain’t no replacement for displacement. So when you shoe horn an 8.3-litre, 500bhp V10 motor into Chrysler’s bold-faced Dodge Ram pickup, you know the result will be explosive.
How explosive? Think 0-60mph in 5.5sec. Think a genuine 150mph-plus top speed. Think dialling up five grand on the tach, stepping off the clutch and having the rear tyres light up like a Santa Pod dragster’s.The new Ram SRT-10 is the latest witches’ brew from Chrysler’s Detroit-based Performance Vehicle Operations team – PVO for short. Its mission? To create the meanest, baddest, fastest and most potent truck ever.
Developed from the 2002 Detroit show concept, the production Ram SRT-10 goes on sale in the US this week, costing the equivalent of £28,000. Five hundred horsepower for the price of a Grand Cherokee diesel? That’s one big bang for your buck.
It’s essentially a Viper-powered pickup: the same all-aluminium V10 that motivates the latest Chrysler Viper supercar is slotted straight into the Ram’s cavernous engine bay, along with its Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission.
Everything about the Ram is XXL-sized. It rides on 22-inch custom ‘Viper style’ wheels fitted with 305/40-section rubber. It has 15-inch discs up front, and 14-inch rears to provide the immense stopping power it needs. It even has a 500-watt stereo in the dash.