|Pentastar V6||F-150 V6||F-150 V8
|Horsepower||305 @ 6,400||302||360||411||365||240||395 @ 5,600|
|Torque||269 @ 4,175||278||380||434||420||420||407 @ 3950|
|4×2 mpg||18 / 25 (HFE);
Reader “Mentallica” pointed out that the EPA has posted 2014 Ram 1500 gas mileage, for both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive Hemis, with both six and eight speed transmissions.
The numbers show that, while Ford has been garnering laurels for fuel efficiency, Ram is now meeting or beating the lead seller of pickups, even without the forthcoming VM diesel option (which we expect to easily trump the Ford turbo-six option in fuel economy, while matching its torque — and without any lag).
Pickup owners have also noted that while the Ford V6 turbo option provides good power and gas mileage, economy plummets when under load (e.g. while towing), so that those who use their trucks for moving loads around may find the Ram Hemi to be more economical, especially with the eight-speed.
Of note, while Ford F-150 has a large-V8 option, Ram currently reserves those for the Ram Heavy Duty series. However, the horsepower difference between 5.7 Hemi and Ford 6.2 is only 16 hp. The Ram Hemi eight-speed both outpowers the F-150 5.0 V8 (by 35 hp and 27 lb-ft), but also exceeds its gas mileage — a slight difference with rear wheel drive and a substantial one with 4×4.
Though the Ram 1500 just had major upgrades, another refresh is due in 2017, to deal with the new F-150s and a possible Chevrolet Silverado update. So far not much is known about these trucks, except that they will likely include the Pentastar engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have undergone weight reduction therapy with more high-strength steel and aluminum....
Dodge and SRT are rejoining the Trans Am Series, with Miller Racing fielding two new Dodge Challengers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 15 and 16. Driving will be four-time series champion Tommy Kendall, making his first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class....
With the supercharged 6.2 Hemi delivering 707 horsepower to the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper boys are reportedly looking for ways to get back on top. While the Viper may be superior on a tight racing course, the straight-line performance of Charger and Challenger, in five-seaters with all the amenities, large trunks, and automatic or manual transmissions, is a challenge for Team Viper — as is the current series of Corvettes....