POSTED: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 7:32pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:22am
This is the Dodge…uh…Ram 3500 dually pickup. I almost said
Dodge Ram and that would be wrong. The reason is yet another triumph of marketing over common sense.
You see, Chrysler is mostly owned by the folks from Fiat now, and their marketing geniuses decided that we shouldn’t call a Dodge truck a Dodge. Right now, you’re probably asking why. I haven’t the foggiest and frankly neither do they. But anyway, all trucks from the Chrysler Corporation will be called simply Ram.
So, this is the heavy-duty Ram, the 3500. For the folks at Dodge…can I still say Dodge? The goal here was the ultimate towing and hauling vehicle. So to that end, we get the big, beefy boxed ladder frame that would probably support anything from an F-16 to Kirsty Alley without strain.
Powering this super studley pick-em-up is a 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi standard. But our 6-wheeled barge had the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel with an unholy 350 horsepower and more importantly, 650 foot pounds of torque. That will do everything from pull stumps, horse trailers or take you to the opera…make that opry, in style. And the folks at the Opry will hear you coming from two blocks away as well. The Cummins is still a pretty dieselly diesel.
The top of the line will tow a house-like 18,500 pounds and haul over 8000 in the bed. The interior is better than past Dodges…er…Rams, and the promise is that the Fiat folks will ultimately work wonders with what has been Chrysler’s traditional Achilles heel, cheap looking cabins. Our Mega-Cab version is so big it should include a shower. Why not, there’s room.
Starting in the mid-$30,000 range, the big Dually 3500 Ram is not cheap, but big, butch, bruisers like this never are. It’s OK, it will work for its supper.