Ram hasn’t had a true performance truck since the Dodge Ram SRT-10 was offered from 2004 through 2006. This high-performance pickup truck featured an 8.3-liter V-10 that it borrowed from the Dodge Viper. This engine injected 500 horsepower into the Ram 1500’s utilitarian body, plus Dodge fitted it with massive wheels, sticky rubber and a lowered stance. The Ram SRT-10 was not a great seller, and only lasted a few years before getting the axe, but it still has a loyal following. Since the SRT-10’s elimination, the closest thing to a sport truck Ram has offered has been the Ram 1500 Sport.
With the 707 glorious horsepower the new Hellcat engine injects into the Challenger and Charger now in production, gearheads are starting to think of ways to get this engine into other Chrysler models. One of particular interest has been the Ram 1500, and Car and Driver recently spoke with new Ram CEO, Bob Hegbloom, and asked him if we’ll see the blown V-8 in the Ram 1500. This question was met with “at this time, I would say no.” That may be depressing news to some, but the “at this time” part of the statement likely means that it is in discussion, but not an immediate plan.
Hegbloom went on to clarify that there are other areas of interest the that provide a bigger opportunity for the Ram. This all points toward the Ram possibly getting the V-8 once all of the more profitable and lower risk versions of the Ram have been completed.
If I were a betting man, I would put a few dollars on seeing a Hellcat version of the Ram 1500 in the next two to three years. Chrysler will likely add Hellcat power to the 300 and the Grand Cherokee before the Ram, given they already have performance variants that draw the attention of gearheads, which will make it an easier sell. The 300 will be an even easier sell now that the SRT version of the luxury sedan will not be offered in the U.S. in 2015.
We’ll bring you more updates on the possible Ram 1500 Hellcat as they come out.