The new Ram from Dodge came along in 1994 and made the outgoing model look very dated. The new truck's bold styling with raised hood and low-down headlights was popular; it also became the look for Dodge's later Sport Utility Vehicle, the Dakota. The range-topping Ram used a cast-iron version of the Dodge Viper's V10 engine, and it's the biggest motor available in a production pick-up. With a relatively low 8.6:1 compression ratio it has been designed to be more of a torquey low rpm unit, though still runs the sequential fuel injection. The truck used a ladder-type chassis separate to the body and the standard suspension consists of double wishbones at the front plus a live axle rear on leaf springs, which was basic but very functional and heavy duty. Four-wheel drive was an option, and with the tremendous torque, there was little the VI0 Ram couldn't do.
Dodge Ram Specifications
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