The Year of the Ram continues with the introduction of the 2014 RAM 2500 Power Wagon, the industry's "most off-road-capable pickup" according to the Chrysler Group's truck brand. Actually, even the most diehard Raptor fan is going to have to admit that the Power Wagon can bring some noticeable advantages as compared to that Ford entry, if for no other reason than the fact that the new truck is built on the platform of the 2014 Ram 2500 heavy duty pickup; the Ford, for all of its off-road prowess, is a variant of the light-duty F-150.
More specifically, the Power Wagon is reviving a name that dates back to 1945, when the first truck to bear that name became the first mass-produced four-wheel-drive pickup, and will feature a specially tuned 6.2-liter HEMI V8 that delivers 410 hp and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. It also incorporates cylinder-deactivation, but automakers don't have to report fuel-economy ratings for HD trucks, and Ram hasn't for the Power Wagon. That output compares to the 411 horses and 434 lb.-ft of torque on tap in the Raptor's similarly sized engine, but while the Ford tops out at 8,000 lbs. in the towing department, the 2014 RAM 1500 Power Wagon can haul up to 10,810 lbs.
Now, that's a nice bonus, although it won't necessarily make a difference when drivers leave the tarmac. For that, the 2014 Ram 1500 Power Wagon shows off 4X4-friendly features like:
- Ram "Articulink" front-suspension technology, highlighted by an electronic disconnecting sway bar for increased front-axle travel, as well as Bilstein monotube shocks
- An enhanced version of the new five-link rear suspension that premiered on the rest of the 2014 Ram HD lineup
- Front and rear electronic-locking differentials
- Increased-diameter 11.5-inch rear axle to complement the 9.25-inch front axle
- 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires
- Plenty of underbody armor
- 12,000-lb. front-mounted Warn winch
Looking at the ol' off-road tale of the tape for the 2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon, the truck boasts 14.5 inches of ground clearance (2.5 more than in the standard 2014 Ram 1500), an approach angle of 34 degrees, a breakover angle of 25.5 inches, a departure angle of 23.5 degrees and a 30-inch fording capability.
As for how much folks have to pay for a Power Wagon, expect details in the near-term future; as a starting point, the standard 2014 Ram 2500 4X4 opens at $32,660.
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