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The Ram 1500 gets a much needed heart transplant

Ford isn't the only company that can dish out full-size pickups with relatively decent fuel economy these days. Ford made headlines two year ago (and saw sales of V6 engines skyrocket) when it introduced an all-new 3.7-liter V6 engine and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for its best-selling F-150.
Not one to let Ford sit around and bask in the media and sales spotlight, Chrysler is giving its 2013 Ram 1500 a heart transplant as well. In this case, instead of the tired old 3.7-liter V6 that has soldiered on as the base engine in the Ram 1500 for far too long, it has been replaced by Chrysler's corporate V6: the 3.6-liter Pentastar.
Whereas the old 3.7-liter engine produced 215hp and 235 lb-ft of torque, the Pentastar V6 blows those numbers out of the water with 305hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, Ford's based 3.7-liter V6 engine in the F-150 generates 300hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.

3.6-liter Pentastar V6
Despite the massive increase in power and torque, fuel economy has also gone up significantly with the new Pentastar V6. Fuel economy numbers increase from 14/20 (city/highway) with the old 3.7 to 18/25 with the new 3.6 in 4x2 trim (these figures are also ahead of the 3.7-liter V6 in the Ford F-150 which is rated at 17/23).
It also helps that the '13 Ram 1500 makes use of a new 8-speed automatic transmission to help boost fuel efficiency.
Even though the V6 doesn't have as much "grunt" as the Hemi V8 option, Inside Line says that the Ram 1500's new base engine is enough to propel the pickup to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds.

2013 Dodge Ram 1500
All of this newfangled technology doesn't come for free, however. The '13 Ram 1500 with the Pentastar V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission starts at $23,585 compared to $22,420 for the '12 Ram 1500 with the 3.7-liter V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission.
With both Ford and Chrysler stepping up to the plate with power and efficiency for the full-size pickups, all eyes should now be on General Motors and its Silverado 1500/Sierra 1500.

Sources: Chrysler, Inside Line

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By semiconshawn on 8/24/2012 1:21:17 PM , Rating: 2
Just what you need in a full size truck. NO torque what so ever and a car transmission. What a joke. This is for posers who drive trucks for cars, women and people who hate chicken sandwiches (just jokes). Trucks need torque.

RE: Really?
By Mathos on 8/24/2012 1:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well, considering that the Pentastar 3.6 puts out 90% of it's torque at 1500rpm I'd say it has plenty, especially for a V6. Add to that, that zf8hp45 has close to 98% efficiency in getting power and torque to the tires and road.

If you pay attention to the Durango, after the redesign and update to the 3.6 it's towing capacity went to 7000lbs. Which is pretty impressive for a mid size suv, and that was with the old 4/5 speed. For a naturally aspirated v6 with no twin turbo or direct injection its right in line with Fords base 3.7L f150.

RE: Really?
By Spuke on 8/24/2012 2:06:28 PM , Rating: 2
The base V6 is fine for people that need the 1/2 ton more for payload capacity than towing but the torque is plenty for towing smaller loads.

RE: Really?
By JediJeb on 8/24/2012 4:01:04 PM , Rating: 2
Very true. I have a 96 F150 with the 4.9L inline 6 an it makes only 165HP and 260 lb-ft torque, but that thing can pull like crazy. Most of that power comes in somewhere in the 1500-2500 rpm range. I actually am in overdrive by the time I hit 30-35mph with no problems and if push comes to shove can take off in 3rd gear, though very slowly.

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