Ford Raptor vs Ram Runner! [Head 2 Head Episode 14]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Mike Febbo and off-road racer Joe Bacal head to the desert to pit the Ford Raptor against the Ram Runner. Find out which high performance prerunner tames the tarmac and destroys the dirt the best!
The redesigned for the 2013 model year Ram 1500 pickup truck now claims to be the most fuel-efficient model in the full-size segment when fitted with the base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine coupled to a new (and standard) 8-speed automatic transmission.
With this setup, the lighter and more aerodynamic 2013 Ram 1500 is said to return 18mpg (13.1 lt/100km) in the city and 25mpg (9.4lt/100km) in highway driving.
According to the automaker, the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine features 42 percent more horsepower at 305HP, 13 percent more torque at 269 lb.-ft. and at least 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V6 engine paired to a four-speed auto.
The new 1500 is slated to go on sale in the States later in the fall with prices to be announced.
For the new model year, the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman is available in a choice of two cab sizes, Quad and Crew, and two bed lengths measuring 5 ft. 7 in. and 6 ft. 4 in. respectively.
Power comes from a tweaked 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers an additional 5Hp for a new total of 395Hp with a choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or the all-new TorqueFlite 8-speed auto.
The 2013 Ram 1500 with the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine is rated at 305HP and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque and at least 20 percent better fuel economy over the outgoing 3.7-liter V6.
The new V6 is mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission dubbed TorqueFlite 8 that replaces the older V6’s four-speed auto. The new 8sp automatic will also be available next year on the tweaked 5.7-liter V8 HEMI that delivers an additional 5HP for a new total of 395HP.
All 1500s equipped with the 8-speed unit ditch the column or floor shifters for a new rotary knob placed on the right-hand side of the center console.
New fuel saving technologies include a stop-start system that is said to improve fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent, or about one mile-per-gallon to the truck’s city drive cycle, along with a thermal management system that quickly raises engine and transmission fluid temperature, and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension.
It’s worth noting that the available four-corner air suspension automatically lowers the vehicle’s ride height by up to 1.1 inches in “Aero Mode” to improve fuel efficiency by up to one percent. Overall, the system has five settings including Normal, Aero, Off-Road 1, Off-Road 2, and Park.
Ram says that it has reduced the truck’s weight without affecting payload or towing capability. For example, the frame is 30 pounds lighter thanks to the use of advanced high-strength steels, the new cross-members in the bed eliminate 7 pounds, the new aluminum hood save 26 pounds while the Pentastar V6 and 8sp auto reduce the weight by another 76 pounds.
On the outside, the 2013 Ram 1500’s styling has been tweaked with a new, taller front grille and redesigned bumpers, running boards, and headlamps with LED fixtures for parking and turning.
Inside, Ram has improved the interior with higher-grade materials and better fit and finish, along with all-new HVAC controls and multimedia systems. The truck also gets a new 3.5-inch vehicle information screen in the instrument cluster.
2012 Ram 1500 Lone Star 10th Anniversary Edition (Only for Texas)
Marking the 10th anniversary of its fittingly named, Texas-only Lone Star edition, the Chrysler Group’s Ram division has presented a new model that will continue the brand’s tradition.
“The Ram 1500 Lone Star was the first pickup truck designed by Texans and built specifically for Texans,” said Ram boss, Fred Diaz. “Native Texans are very proud to be from the Lone Star State. For the last 10 years, this truck has given us the authentic opportunity to proudly connect Ram with Texas’ very proud state motto. It’s by far our best-selling Ram truck in Texas.”
Appropriately, the 2012 Ram Lone Star 10th Anniversary edition will get larger “Lone Star” badges with the prominent red, white and blue Texas state emblem on its front doors and tailgate, which replace the “Ram 1500” badging on the truck. It also rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside, exclusive features include Katzkin perforated leather seats with embossed Texas/Lone Star logos, a 10th Anniversary emblem on the passenger glove box and special floor mats.
The truck is available only in Crew Cab configuration with bucket seats and is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 Hemi delivering 390hp, 407 lb-ft of torque and 20 mpg, linked to a 6-speed automatic.
The Lone Star 10th Anniversary edition is priced at $36,440 and will be available for order at Ram’s Texas dealerships towards the end of the second quarter.