2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Premieres as Top Off-road Pickup
Ram Reveals HD Raptor Rival with Hemi Power, New Suspension System
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.