The on-road performance and off-road ability of the re-engineered 2014 Ram Power Wagon has been improved thanks to a new frame and bigger tires, as well as a five-link coil suspension. Derived from a Ram 2500 heavy-duty pickup, the Power Wagon is powered by Chrysler Group’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that provides up to 410 hp of output and 429 pounds-feet of torque and mated to with a six-speed transmission.
When under load, the Hemi V-8 deactivates four cylinders. When additional traction is not needed to improve fuel economy, the Power Wagon’s front driveshaft disconnects. It features a new high-strength steel frame with eight cross members for enhanced rigidity and handling.
It also features larger, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires that provide 14.5 inches of ground clearance -- around 21 percent higher than the standard Ram 2500. The Power Wagon comes standard with a front winch rated for 12,000 lbs. Mike Cairns, Director at Ram Truck Engineering, remarked that Ram Power Wagon holds a special place in the line-up as an example of engineering innovation and off-road capability.
He said that while the 2014 Ram Power Wagon may look similar to a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty, “under the skin is a unique story,” giving rise to a best-in-class off-road pickup competence. The Power Wagon nameplate was built from 1945 to 1980. Early versions were derived from Weapons Carrier (WC) series of Dodge three-fourth ton military trucks of World War II.
It then became a popular civilian vehicle and was a predecessor to the several 4x4 trucks of today. The truck was brought back to life in 2005 and is now an independent model under Ram Truck Brand. The 2014 Ram Power Wagon has a starting price of $45,690, including shipping and will be rolled out in the second quarter of 2014.