2016 Ram Power Wagon Doesn’t Sweat the Gold Mine Hill Challenge [Video]

2016 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

Once in a blue moon an athlete comes along who dominates the competition so thoroughly that the other players appear to be in the wrong sport altogether. Examples that come to mind include Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, and Ronda Rousey. They’ve all enjoyed an era during which our expectations of what can be accomplished were elevated. Add to that list the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. We recently tested the Raptor, which needed a winch on the third obstacle to complete the course, and the Titan XD PRO-4X, which failed to complete the second obstacle. The Power Wagon did it without breaking a sweat. Ok, so one run up a snowy Gold Mine Hill doesn’t exactly constitute an era, but it walked up the icy hill almost as quickly as Iron Mike walked through Marvis Frazier during their ’86 bout.

The Power Wagon is one of the most off-road capable trucks offered from a manufacturer, and the only one that comes with a winch standard… not that it got used. Also standard is a 6.4L Hemi, 4.10 rear axle ratio, locking front and rear axles, and Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 285/70-R17 all terrain tires. All of these features combine to make a truck that’s just as, if not more, at home in the mountains than on the highways. Where the truck failed to impress was on the inside. For a vehicle costing $57,480 the interior was pretty low key. Cloth seats, no seat heaters, and an abundant amount of gray plastic let you know Ram’s budget was spent elsewhere when developing this truck. Fortunately, that’s quickly forgotten once the tires leave the pavement.

Check out the video below of Gold Mine Hill getting a one-two knock out combination from this beast of a Ram. We’ve also recently ran the Power Wagon up the Ike Gauntlet so stay tuned for that video in the near future.

Brian is an engineer by trade but his true passion is anything automotive. He wakes up every morning to search the web for the latest industry news. He enjoys taking his Tacoma 4×4 off-road in the mountains of Colorado where he spends his free time hiking, biking, and snowboarding with his wife and dogs near their Rocky Mountain home.