2011 SEMA Show: Ram 392 Quick Silver is drop dead beautiful

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 3, 2011

The Ram 392 Quick Silver that has recently been introduced at the 2011 SEMA Show is based on a 2011 Ram R/T. It is powered by a 470hp, 392 HEMI V-8 that came from the SRT lineup. This was coupled to the R/T’s 4.10 gear set and a high-stall converter. To boost the performance, the Ram 392 has been given a cold-air intake kit and headers that come with an electronic exhaust cutout to achieve optimal power and sound when on the track.

But on typical days on the road, the HEMI rumble is intensified with the use of a cat-back dual exhaust system. Instead of discs and calipers, the Ram 392 has a Brembo big brake kit that has 15-inch vented rotors and bright silver six-piston calipers in the front and rear.

These enhance the braking performance. The body, except its gloss black roof, has been coated with a three-stage bright silver finish. Meanwhile, anodized red paint is used on the wheels, grille inserts, mirrors and some of its interior trim parts.

New Dodge Charger SRT8 has been one of the inspirations for the Mopar Underground, reverse deep-cowl aluminum hood design with functional heat extractors. All of its exterior lighting is covered with smoked lenses. A custom suspension kit was used to lower the Ram 392 Quick Silver by 2 inches.

The vehicle features a “slammed” appearance that’s made more obvious by a Mopar body kit that consists of sill and box pieces and finished up with a chin spoiler. Mopar Underground fitted it with 22-inch wheels covered in 275/45R22 tires up front and 305/40R22 tires in the rear.

The air is redirected by a Mopar hard tonneau cover with a unique integrated spoiler in order to achieve added down force during high speeds. Its paint is protected by Mopar’s Bed Rug.

Inside, there are high-bolster SRT seats that use Katzkin leather with red stitching and accents in order to go with the steering wheel, instrument panel and Laramie Longhorn inspired leather shift knob, door panels and center console trim.

Inside the new Dodge Ram is the latest 5.7-liter HEMI with output at 283 kW (380 hp) and maximum torque at 548 Nm (404 lb.-ft.). There are two other options with one being the 4.7-liter V8 engine with power at 231 kW (310 hp) and top torque of 447 Nm (330 lb.-ft.). The second is the 3.7-liter V6 engine capable of 160 kW (215 hp) and peak torque coming in at 319 Nm (235 lb.-ft.).

These are paired to either the automatic 4-speed or automatic 5-speed transmissions with the on-demand and part-time 4-wheel drive transfer cases. In terms of axle ratios, the options are 3.21, 3.55, the 3.92, and the 4.10. Dodge Ram was first unveiled during the 2008 North American International Auto Show and it was done in such a fancy fashion.

The model was pulled by a herd composed of 120 long horn cattle with 10 cowboys riding on horseback and going through Washington Boulevard in Detroit. According to Chrysler LLC Vice Chairman and President Jim Press, since the big rig look started, the Dodge Ram was nothing less than a game changer. The 2009 Dodge Ram, he added, is a game changer as well as it is equipped with the best features for its class and fitted with a number of firsts for a full-size pickup.

For this new model, the company made sure to give it everything especially in the redesign. Body-on-Frame Product Team Vice President Scott Kunselman shared that the company was given the task of making a quantum leap and giving the Ram more voltage. As such, he continued, the 2009 Dodge Ram is indeed a game changer especially when it comes to safety, craftsmanship, convenience, and capability.

Talking about game changers, it was in 1994 when the company first introduced the innovative Ram to the light-duty pickup market given the signature crosshair grille and the big rig style. Chrysler LLC Vice President for Jeep/Truck Design Studio Ralph Gilles revealed that when it put this truck on the market, the company’s market share tripled.

The design though, he said, polarized everyone as people either hated it or loved it. Of course for the people who did love it, they clearly bought it, he added. Gilles continued by saying that customers continue to buy the Ram as it remains to stand above the rest of the me-too trucks.

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