Grab Life By The Throttle With the Dodge Ram SRT-10. Viper Power Creates Fastest Ram Pickup Ever. In a world of bland trucks, Dodge Rams are known for redefining the full-size pickup market with ground breaking designs. On January 8, 2002 Dodge unveiled a ground shaking design with the boldest, baddest and fastest full-size pickup, the new Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT-10 show truck. A production version of this show truck would appear at a later date.
Just as the 2002 Dodge Ram and the previous generation Ram introduced in 1994 added a much needed dose of style to the full-size pickup truck market, the Ram SRT-10 brings a massive dose of Viper power with a class-demolishing 500 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.
Filling the engine-bay of the Ram SRT-10 is the largest engine in a factory pickup truck the 8.3-liter V-10 that powers America’s ultimate sports car, the Dodge Viper. The V-10’s horsepower rating easily surpasses any other pickup not to mention virtually every production sports car on the road.
The Dodge Ram SRT-10 is one of three new ‘extreme performance’ models from the Dodge brand. Along with the all-new Dodge SRT-4 and Viper, which will also carry the SRT-10 name, all three were developed by a newly created entity called Performance Vehicle Operations (PVO).
This new group brings together the expertise from Chrysler Group’s specialty vehicle, Mopar parts business and motorsports operations, using the same engineers who created the original Dodge Viper and Chrysler Prowler, as well as the NASCAR-winning Dodge Intrepids and Le Mans-winning Vipers. PVO has been charged with creating extreme performance vehicles not only for Dodge, but also Jeep and Chrysler brand product lines. Going forward, PVO will offer low-volume specialty versions of vehicles, as well as unique brand offerings.
Providing an estimated 500 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque just like its Viper soul mate, the Dodge Ram SRT-10’s power is channeled through a Viper six-speed manual transmission that connects to a modified differential and new driveshaft. The Ram SRT-10 will accelerate to sixty mph in an estimated 5.0 seconds and deliver an estimated top speed of 150 mph. More impressively, Ram SRT-10 runs the 0-100-0 mph dash in an estimated 18 seconds.
Keeping all this power in check is a modified Ram rack and pinion steering and independent front suspension from the 2002 Dodge Ram, which set new handling standards for full-size pickups. Blessed with the stiffest frame in Ram history, the Ram SRT-10 makes the most of its exclusive 24-inch wheels and 305/35 R24 high-performance tires, pulling an estimated 0.92 g’s on the skid pad and hitting almost 70 mph on the slalom. A recalibrated, quick-ratio power steering unit enhances steering feel.
The Ram SRT-10’s handling is enhanced by the addition of performance-tuned springs and shocks, a rear sway bar and an inch-lower ride height. Bringing the Ram SRT-10 to a halt are four-wheel disc Viper brakes, equipped with standard ABS. Fascia-mounted, faired-in brake ducts aid cooling. Inside, red-piped leather and carbon fiber-look accents complement the performance attitude established by the SRT-10’s outward appearance.
Silver-faced gauges with Viper font and graphics have an appropriately recalibrated speedometer and tachometer to accommodate the SRT-10’s visceral performance. The best-in-class interior space is maintained from the standard Ram.
Source of photos and information: DaimlerChrysler Corporation