The Dodge Ram SRT-10 is part of the Chrysler Group's all new Performance Vehicle Operations (PVO)

Dodge Ram SRT-10 Tries to Steal Thunder from Ford's Lightning
By: Michael LevinePosted: 01-08-02 12:00

The production bound Dodge Ram SRT-10 takes full-size pickup truck power, performance and looks to a whole new level and provides a glimpse into the engineering potential of Chrysler's new Performance Vehicle Operations (PVO) team.

Under its massive grille and hood scoop the SRT-10 is equipped with the next generation Viper engine, a 500hp / 500ft-lb 8.3-liter V10. The V10's power outguns the current full-size pickup performance champ, the SVT F-150 Ford Lightning's 380-hp / 450ft-lb. 5.4-liter V8.

The SRT-10 also takes its disc brakes and six-speed manual transmission from the Viper. A modified differential and driveshaft transfer all this power to massive 24-inch wheels and the suspension has been lowered 1-inch along with modifications to the power steering to help with control and handling.

The Dodge Ram SRT-10's Viper V10 engine puts out 500hp and 500ft-lb. of torque.

With figures of 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds, 0 to 100 to 0 mph in 18 seconds and a top-speed of 150 mph, Dodge claims the SRT-10 will be the fastest pickup truck in production when it reaches showrooms.

Only a rear wheel drive configuration will be available for the SRT-10. When asked why not all-wheel drive, Rick Deneau, a Senior Manager for DaimlerChrysler Communications, told PUTC that the emphasis with rear wheel drive is on, "on-road performance and handling as offered by traditional sport trucks." "Rear wheel drive also minimizes weight."

The SRT-10's exterior was skinned with a striking black metallic flake paint job. While the metallic feature might not make it, black will definitely be a production color plus red and an unknown third color.

The interior emphasizes performance and the SRT-10's Viper heritage.

The exterior also adds a new front fascia, hood, billet grille and ground effects unique to the SRT-10 in the Ram truck lineup.

Inside the SRT-10 adds leather seats and an instrument panel featuring the same graphics and font from the Viper. Carbon fiber accents, machine drilled pedals and door locks add to the truck's aura of performance.

Denau expects that the SRT-10 will be released by the end of 2003, possibly as a 2004 model truck. While pricing has not been announced Deneau added it will be competitive with the Lightning. And, unlike the Lightning's 5500 unit limit, there will be no ceiling to the number of SRT-10's produced each year.

The Dodge Ram SRT-10 debuts during the 2002 North American International Auto Show

Dodge Ram SRT-10 Specifications

Wheelbase: 120.5
Box Length: 6.30 ft.
Front Track: 68.0
Rear Track: 67.4
Overall Length: 207.7
Overall Width: 79.9
Overall Height: 73.4
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gal.
Curb Weight (estimated): 5,000 lbs.

Type: V-10, OHC
Displacement: 8.3-liter
Horsepower: 500 bhp
Torque: 500 lb.-ft.

0-60 mph 5.0 sec.
0-80 mph 9.0 sec.
Standing 1/4 mile 12.9 sec. @106 mph
0-100-0 mph 18 sec.
Lateral acceleration 0.92 g
Slalom 69 mph