The past few years have been busy for Ram with some major updates to the 1500 line in the form of a new eight-speed automatic transmission, a new base V-6, and mpg-champ EcoDiesel. The HD line also got some significant updates as well with a new coil spring rear suspension and an optional new 6.4L Hemi V-8. But everyone still wanted to know: What about the Power Wagon? Well, now we know.
The modern iteration of this iconic nameplate debuted in 2005 to widespread critical and enthusiastic acclaim. The Power Wagon’s basic formula—based on the gasoline Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 crew cab—carries forth, but with some significant updates for 2014. Three trim levels (Tradesman, SLT, and Laramie) determine exterior and interior design treatments. Up to 12 different colors will be offered.
Optional on other 2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 models, the ’14 Ram Power Wagon gets the new 6.4L Hemi 16-valve V-8 as standard equipment, boasting 410 hp at 5,600 rpm and 429 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The transmission is a 66RFE six-speed automatic, which connects to a part-time, manual-engagement BorgWarner BW 44-47 transfer case. The axles are built by American Axle Manufacturing: a 9.25-inch in the front and an 11.5-inch in the rear, both of which include electronic locking differentials available in low range. Power is delivered via a 4.10:1 ring-and-pinion ratio. The axleshafts measure 38 mm in the rear and 35 mm in the front. New for 2014 is the segment-exclusive front axle disconnect system across the Ram Heavy Duty truck line.
The three-link front suspension features Bilstein monotube shocks, more than 2 inches of lift, and the “Ram Articulink” design, which incorporates high-movement joints at the control-arm-to-axle mount for additional flexibility and axle articulation. Further enhancing off-road agility is a class-exclusive electronic disconnecting sway bar, which can be disengaged in-cab via the driver-actuated “Smart Bar.” With the sway bar disconnected, the off-road ready Ram reaches 510 on a Ramp Travel Index (RTI), or 26 inches of vertical height. The Power Wagon’s rear suspension is the segment-exclusive, all-new five-link coil system found on all Ram 2500 HD trucks, with the addition of Bilstein monotube shocks. Some models have an additional Bilstein damper that links the top of the rear axle to the frame. Payload is up to 1,490 pounds and towing capacity stands at 10,810 pounds.
The 2014 Power Wagon will be equipped with 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, contributing to 14.5 inches of ground clearance—2.5 inches more than the Ram 2500 HD. A 34-degree approach angle, 23.5-degree departure angle, and 25.5-degree breakover angle make the Power Wagon agile on the trail. The underside is adorned in skidplates to protect from damage. The frame, which is built with high-strength 50,000-psi steel, is highlighted by eight separate crossmembers, hydroformed main rails, and fully boxed rear rails. As on all ’14 Ram Heavy Duty trucks, the Power Wagon has four-wheel disc brakes with front rotors measuring a beefy 14.17 inches and rear rotors 14.09 inches. A dual-alternator system contributes to 380 amps of total best-in-class output. A Warn 12,000-pound electric 3/8-inch steel cable winch tucks elegantly inside the front bumper. The bonus of a really cool factory off-road truck? You got it: a standard three-year/36,000 Basic Limited Warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.
Claimed by Ram as the most off-road capable pickup truck in the market, the 2014 Ram Power Wagon will continue to be built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico. With destination fees included, pricing will be $45,690 for the Tradesman, $50,340 for the SLT, and $56,015 for the top-of-the-line Laramie.
|Inside the Build|
|Base Price:|| $45,690|
|Type: ||6.4L Hemi OHV V-8, with variable-valve timing (VVT) and cylinder deactivation|
|Displacement:|| 392 ci|
|Compression Ratio:|| 10.0:1|
|Horsepower: ||410 at 5,600 rpm|
|Torque:|| 429 at 4000 rpm|
|Recommended Fuel:|| Regular Unleaded|
|Layout:|| Front engine, 4WD|
|Transmission:|| 66RFE six-speed Automatic |
|Brakes:|| 14.17-inch vented front with twin-piston calipers/14.09-inch vented rear with twin-piston calipers|
|Tires: ||285/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac|
|Tow Capacity:|| 10,810 pounds|
|0-60:|| 8.2 seconds (est.)|