Upcoming RAM 1500 Obtains a Pentastar V6 and an 8-Speed AT


Upon filing the company’s annual report in the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC, Chrysler has confirmed that the upcoming Ram 1500 pickup truck will obtain the 3.6-liter PentaStar V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Due to this, a lot of car experts are expecting that the upcoming and more powerful version of the Ram 1500 pickup truck will be presented to the public next month and some of these experts believe that the presentation would possibly take place at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

Given this information, it is possible that Chrysler would be replacing the old 3.7-liter V-6 engine used in the current version of the Ram 1500. The decision to let go of the older 3.7-liter V-6 engine was probably brought about by the engine’s underwhelming fuel consumption. In addition to this, the new PentaStar engine is capable of providing more power to the Ram 1500 pickup. The 3.7-liter V-6 engine is only capable of producing up to 215 horsepower and 235 lb-ft. of torque while the new 3.6-liter PentaStar V-6 could possibly produce 283 to 305 horsepower.

In addition to this, the newly-developed ZF 8-speed automatic transmission will also replace the 4-speed automatic transmission used in the current version of the Ram 1500 since the former allows the vehicle to cut its fuel consumption. This simply means that the upcoming model would definitely beat current version’s fuel economy ratings of 14 miles per gallon in the city,

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