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Official release: Ram 1500

Ram has made a preliminary release of the 2012 Ram 1500 figures, verifying some Allpar predictions. The Ram 1500 will come with a six-speed automatic with electronic range select and a new, more efficient torque converter; no details beyond those were given (pickuptrucks.com claims there are only five speeds in normal, full automatic use). The 2012 Rams use the new corporate steering wheel, and have new colors: Black Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red, Deep Molten Red, Sagebrush, True Blue Pearl and Tequila Sunrise.

There are now eleven Ram 1500 models: Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn. A factory spray-in bed liner is available on all of them.

Aerodynamics are now best in class with a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.419. Ram 1500 remains the only full size pickup with a coil-spring, multilink rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle for unexpected ride and handling capabilities. The power-boosted Hemi engine now produces 390 horsepower and 407 lb-ft with 20 mpg; the R/T can do 0-60 in 6.1 seconds.

The industry-first RamBox® cargo management system includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into bed rails; as predicted, it is now available in Quad Cab and short bed Regular Cab Pickup with a bed divider/2-foot bed extender; and cargo rail system with four sliding, adjustable cleats. RamBox bins hold up to 10 cases of 12-ounce beverages, or other gear for work or leisure

Ram continues its first-in-segment “store in the floor” storage bins with removable liners, big enough for ten 12-ounce beverages and ice; first-in-segment heated and ventilated front seats with optional heated rear seats; first-in-segment surround-sound audio system; and standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system and electronic stability program with Hill-start Assist and Trailer-sway Control. Side seat airbags will arrive late in the model year.

In addition to the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 which produces 390 horsepower (283 kW), 407 lb.-ft. (548 N•m) of torque and 20 mpg, the 2012 Ram 1500 can be purchased with:

  • a flex-fuel capable 4.7-liter V-8 providing 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 330 lb.-ft. (447 N•m) of torque, or
  • a 3.7-liter V-6 generating 215 horsepower (160 kW) and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque;

Buyers can choose from part-time and on-demand four-wheel-drive transfer cases and 3.21, 3.55, 3.92 and 4.10 axle ratios.

A frame design incorporating high-strength steel supports segment-exclusive, multi-link coil spring rear suspension that improves ride and handling characteristics without sacrificing payload (up to 1,850 pounds) and towing capability (up to 10,250 pounds).

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?

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NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

Johnson Clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Allen Johnson has secured his place in the Pro Stock Countdown to the Championship, the six-event series the determines the World Championships of drag racing. Johnson joins Erica Enders-Stevens, who clinched her spot last weekend. Participation is limited to the top ten drivers in each pro class. There were three different top qualifiers in Pro Stock: Johnson had the No....

Steckly scores in National 250

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Three-time series champion Scott Steckly earned his first win of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season Saturday in the National 250 at the Autodrome St. Eustache in St. Eustache, Quebec. Starting from the No. 2 spot, Steckly dominated the race in the No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge, leading for 202 of the 250 laps and beating Alex Guenette and the No....

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