DC10Tony
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Dodge Ram SRT-10

Tue Feb 26, 2002 10:23 pm

Anyone heard of this new super truck?

Dodge is going to build it and it will hit the showrooms in about a year.

8.3L V10 & Viper transmission

500 hp
500 ft-lbs

I think it's cool Dodge built this Lightning killer. But I think they should also build a cheaper one in addition to this.

-Under $25,000
-5.7L Hemi
-cloth int.
-roll up windows
-mild appearance pkg.

If Dodge were to build the truck I just thought up, in addition to the SRT-10, they'll corner the sport truck market.
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Wed Feb 27, 2002 12:36 am

A friend of mine has a Dakota R/T.

I kind of still favor his truck more than this new one.
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Wed Feb 27, 2002 2:17 am

The 5.9 R/T looks cool, but I bet if the person buying it knew a Dakota Quad Cab 4.7L were faster, they'd buy that instead of the R/T.

It's true, a Q-Cab 4.7L is faster than an R/T.
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Wed Feb 27, 2002 2:38 am

Q-Cab 4.7L:
Acceleration, 0-60 mph, sec 7.4 (source MotorTrend online)


5.9 R/T:
Acceleration, 0-60 mph, sec 7.3 (source Car & Driver online)


I'd say there about even. Still pretty impressive for the smaller motor.

Now if I could trade in my 6cyl., 5 speed Dakaota.......


rapo
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Wed Feb 27, 2002 3:40 am

Pictures, man. I need pictures. Is this truly the aluminum Viper engine, or just a hopped up truck V-10? Do they still put V-10's in Rams? I'd go with the Cummins myself. Now, we just need a Lil' Red Express truck version.
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Wed Feb 27, 2002 5:34 am

Several years back, before the current generation of Dakotas was out... Motor Trend featured an article on how to soup up a plain Jane Dakota into a hot truck. You could take a basic Dakota regular cab, short bed, with a 5-speed and the 318... I think one of the axles was prefered. And there is plenty of easy to install performance mods available from Mopar Performance Parts that could be fitted. Probably more parts exist today and you could build your own super-truck... isn't that part of the fun anyways?
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Wed Feb 27, 2002 7:05 am

goto http://www.supercars.net , its there
23 victor, turn right heading 210, maintain 3000 till established, cleared ILS runwy 24.
 
DC10Tony
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Fordlover

Wed Feb 27, 2002 8:21 am

"Pictures, man. I need pictures."

Go to www.4adodge.com, it's there.

"Is this truly the aluminum Viper engine, or just a hopped up truck V-10?"

The SRT-10's 8.3L V10 is all-new and all-aluminum, it won't be used in the Ram 2500/3500s

"Do they still put V-10's in Rams?"

Yep, for the next generation 2500/3500s, they're still using the current 8.0L rated at 310/450. I would've thought they'd increase its power, but I guess not.

"I'd go with the Cummins myself."

The Cummins which will be in the new Ram HDs will have 305 hp/555 ft-lbs with a 6 speed and the automatic- equipped Cummins trucks will have 250/460 I believe.
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Wed Feb 27, 2002 10:25 pm

DC10Tony, what about the Lil' Red Express truck? That's the only comment you didn't respond to. With today's retro trends, surely they could sell a few.
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Thu Feb 28, 2002 3:06 am

Yeah, you're right, retro trends are popular, but just picture a '02 Ram 1500 with stained wood a smaller, unproportionate bed and semi exhaust pipes on it? LOL, not too cool, at least in my opinion.

People like flashy and fast vehicles. Even though Lil' Red was a little before my time, whenever I look at a picture of it, the thought of some hillbilly making a run down to the distillery to get a few kegs comes to mind.  Smile
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Thu Feb 28, 2002 10:20 pm

OK, I've seen it now. Not bad at all. I can do without the rubber band tires, but I guess that's the style. Lightning killer? Maybe. But, what kind of payload will it have. That's the nice thing about Lightnings, they've always retained the F-series usefulness. When Chevy came out with the 454SS, it was a disaster. Sure it was fast, but it had a very low towing capacity, something like 2000lbs. I can pull more than that with my Taurus. The key to this formula is to make a powerful, fast TRUCK, not a Mustang or Camaro with a big trunk. It needs to retain a good part of it's "trucky-ness". That's why you see so many Lightnings used as shop trucks (I know of two contractors, and three speed parts shops that use them as "work" vehicles, then race them on the weekends).
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Fri Mar 01, 2002 12:47 am

Most sport trucks don't have a high towing capacity because their suspensions are tuned differently, therefore they can't accept a big load.

The Lightning can only tow 5,000 pounds and the 5.9 R/T is only rated for 2,000 pounds. In fact, Chrysler made a mistake and said the 5.9 R/T can tow 6,400 pounds, but had a recall and had to give all 5.9 R/T owners $300 back if they had a receiver as a factory-installed option on their truck, because it's useless. I have seen a 5.9 R/T hauling a pretty large boat once, and the rear suspension was hardly sagging.

About the SRT-10 vs. the Lightning. I like Dodge trucks and think they're fantastic trucks (no I don't wear blinders). This SRT-10 will hand the Lightning its ass.

But...

...I would have liked to see Dodge use their new 5.7L V8 Hemi to combat Ford's 5.4L instead of the 8.3L V10. Kind of like putting a pitbull against a terrier.

You're right, the 454SS was a flop. What did that thing have, like 215hp?
 
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RE: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Fri Mar 01, 2002 12:55 am

I thought a Pitbull was a Terrier? But other than that, I'd pretty much agree with you. I do wear blinders, but I can see competition when it's out there. This whould most likely out run a Lightning, and if it retains some truck usefullness, It'll be a hit. And 5000 lbs is more than enough towing capacity for the average user. Here at work, I regularly tow 5500-6000 lbs behind a '91 F-150 with no problems. But 2000 is pretty small. All-in-all, not a bad truck. I say build it.

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