(from DaimlerChrysler Press Release)
If a Dodge Ram pickup — complete with 500 horsepower courtesy of the
Dodge Viper SRT-10 engine — is good, a Viper-powered Ram with four doors
is even better.
Following on the success of the Dodge Ram SRT-10 regular cab pickup,
Dodge introduces the Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab, targeted directly at the truck
enthusiast who wants SRT performance in a pickup with room for the
family and towing capacity.
"We knew when we came out with the world's fastest production pickup
that there would be customers who would want that same ultimate
performance, but in a pickup that offered four-passenger seating and
towing capability," said Dan Knott, Director — Street and Racing
Technology (SRT). "So, the question was, 'Can we create a more usable
truck for the person who wants to haul more stuff, but is not willing to
give up performance?' Our answer is the Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab: a
truck that is just as bad and bold in terms of performance, but a little
more capable and versatile in terms of hauling."
Beginning with a Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab as a starting point, SRT
engineers worked their magic with the kind of goodies that have
enthralled Dodge Ram SRT-10 owners from day one: Viper V-10 power, a
performance suspension, world-class brakes, bold performance styling and
a race-inspired interior.
The only logical choice to power the world's ultimate performance
four-door pickup: the 8.3-liter Dodge Viper V-10 engine, unleashing 500
horsepower and 525 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is backed up by a
four-speed automatic transmission — a 48RE gearbox, specially adapted
from a diesel engine application for its ability to handle monster
amounts of torque. A heavy-duty torque converter, custom transmission
calibration and two-piece drive shaft were also specifically chosen for
overall powertrain integrity and performance. Additionally, the Dodge
Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab was fitted with a 4.56 gear ratio to improve launch
feel, low-end acceleration and towing capability of up to 7,500 pounds.
While brute power and straight-line performance are high on the list of
any performance enthusiast, every SRT vehicle must also perform
throughout a dynamic range — from neighborhood grocery runs to blasts
through twisting and winding roads.
To give the Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab the right balance and poise
through a wide variety of driving scenarios, SRT engineers began with a
fully hydroformed frame as the basis for strength and rigidity. From
there, the Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab was fitted with fully-tuned front and
rear strut and spring assemblies. Up front, modified steering and
independent front suspension carry the load, while in the rear, axle
snubbers, performance-tuned springs and Bilstein monotube shocks keep
things firmly planted through the corners.
Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab's braking system was designed by SRT
engineers, utilizing heavy-duty Dodge Ram components and unique four-pot
opposed-piston calipers that are new for 2005. A three channel anti-lock
braking system (ABS) actuates new custom red brake calipers up front
that grip 15-inch rotors, and in the rear, modified heavy-duty red
calipers grip 14-inch rotors. Front brakes are cooled with air ducted
from the front fascia to reduce heat build-up.
Featuring cues reminiscent of Dodge's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ram
— such as the deep front fascia equipped with a wind splitter, signature
cross-hair grille and sculpted sides — the Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab
features a unique hood with a fully functional air intake that provides
added bay cooling. A body-color aluminum tonneau cover, outfitted with a
unique spoiler for aerodynamic balance, is standard.
Performance cues inside the Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab include the
Viper-like pushbutton starter, race-inspired, grippy and heavily
bolstered seats, a leather-wrapped carbon fiber-patterned steering wheel
and brushed metal accents on the instrument panel and door trim panels.