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Power Wagon: Four Wheeler’s top pickup

by David Zatz on

Four Wheeler has named the Ram Power Wagon “2015 Pickup Truck of the Year.” It has the 6.4-liter truck Hemi, with best-in-class 410 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque.  Its class-exclusive five-link rear suspension system was added, with Ram’s “Articulink” allowing additional axle flex. (Update: the major change for 2015 was adding Hill Descent Control.) 

“The 2015 Ram Power Wagon is simply everything you want a real pickup to be,” said Christian Hazel, editor of Four Wheeler. “The Ram Power Wagon didn’t just win Four Wheeler’s 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year, it blew the competition away.”

All competitors had rigorous testing in trail and pavement performance, empirical data, and other qualities.

The 2015 Ram Power Wagon is based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Crew Cab. In addition to suspension modifications, it has a specially set up active dual runner length intake manifold and calibration; when driving in four-wheel-drive “Low,” the throttle response softens and the idle speed increases from 650 to 750 rpm for more control at slow speeds.

The original, 94-horsepower Power Wagon was made from 1945 through 1968 (1978, for export), and was based on the Weapons Carrier (WC) series of Dodge ¾-ton military-use trucks of World War II. The name was transferred to ordinary four wheel drive Dodge pickups, dropped, and reintroduced in 2005 for a more off-road capable pickup.

Photos illustrate the 2014 model Power Wagon, which is essentially the same as the 2015. See “More at allpar” to dig deeper into the Power Wagons.  For deeper comparisons to other Ram 2500s and two Jeeps, see our 2014-15 Ram 2500 page.  

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