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1997 & 1998 Dodge Ram SS/T Truck:

1997 Dodge Ram SS/T Truck, photo from Dodge Truck Advertisement.

Above: 1997 Dodge Ram SS/T Truck, photo from Dodge Truck Advertisement.

 

Dodge Ram SS/T General Information

The Ram SS/T evolved from Dodge's success with the special edition Indy Ram, the official truck for the 1996 Indianapolis 500 that was produced in a limited run. "The Ram's design gave us a great opportunity to take the truck in a sportier direction," said Dodge General Manager Ray Fisher. "Its bold, in-your-face design already had a sporty demeanor. So by tuning the 5.9 engine, adding the exhaust modifications and the other exterior changes, we created a unique street version of our very successful Ram."

"We produced a limited amount of the Indy Rams to support our role as Official Pace Car with the 1996 Viper GTS," Fisher said. "When demand far outweighed supply for the  truck, we realized we had a hit on our hands. And when we looked into it further, we found out the appeal wasn't just in the tie-in to the race, but in the inherent performance characteristics of the truck." The Dodge Ram SS/T (Super Sport Truck) was introduced in 1997 and produced thru 1998.

 

1997 Dodge Ram SS/T Information

The 1997 Dodge Ram SS/T took the sport truck image to a new level for full-size pick-ups. A specially-tuned 250-horsepower 5.9-liter V8 engine, chrome-tipped sport-tuned exhaust, a muscular 17-inch aluminum wheel and performance tire package, and Viper-like racing stripes set this truck apart from the pack. The Ram SS/T evolved from Dodge's success with the special edition Indy Ram, the official truck for the 1996 Indianapolis 500 that was produced in a limited run of just 2,802 vehicles to support Dodge's role as Official Pace Car with the 1996 Viper GTS. When demand for the Indy outweighed supply for the truck, Chrysler realized they had a hit they found out the appeal wasn't just in the tie-in to the race, but in the inherent performance characteristics of the truck. Chrysler paid Careful attention to maximizing content on the truck without pricing it out of the customer's reach.

The 1997 Ram SS/T includes all the standard features on the Ram SLT. The SS/T package includes the engine and exhaust modifications, the racing stripes, color-keyed bumper, grille, lower fascia and rear valance panel, tachometer, dual-note horn and fog lights. Exterior color choices include black, emerald green and flame red, all with silver stripes, or bright white with blue stripes. The SS/T is Destin to be collectable considering the limited 2 year production.

 

1998 Dodge Ram SS/T Information

Back for 1998 the Limited Edition Dodge Ram SS/T (Super Sport Truck) received only minor changes. The Dodge Ram SS/T is a unique factory street version of the popular Dodge Ram. The throaty, head-turning exhaust note of the SS/T insures you will probably hear it before you see it. For 1998 the specially-tuned 5.9-liter (360) V8 engines horsepower was lowered to 245. The SS/T package for 1998 includes engine and exhaust modifications, racing stripes, color-keyed bumpers including the grille, lower fascia and rear valance panel. A tachometer, dual-note horn and fog lights are also included. Exterior color choices include black, emerald green and flame red, all with silver stripes, or bright white with blue stripes.

Both 1997 and 1998 models of the bold, in your face Dodge Ram SS/T were a hit with sport truck enthusiasts. Making these Limited Edition Trucks very desirable and very collectible, but also very hard to find. 1998 was the final year for the Dodge Ram SS/T

Source Of Information And Picture: DaimlerChrysler, Chrysler Archives

 

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