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
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