2017 Ram Power Wagon Off-Road Review: Sand and Rocks in the Valley of Fire [Video]

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2017 Ram Power Wagon

The Ram Power Wagon needs no special introduction. This truck’s history goes back to World War II. The modern Power Wagon is setting the standard for off-road capability in the heavy duty pickup truck segment. The truck is updated for the 2017 model year with a new grille, powder-coated bumpers, a new graphics package, and a more luxurious interior.

The truck is the same underneath. Power comes solely from the 6.4L HEMI V8 with 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. This engine does have Ram’s Multiple Displacement System (MDS), which allows the big HEMI to run in 4-cylinder mode under light load conditions. Transmission is the 6-speed automatic that also carries over from last year.

Naturally, the 2017 Power Wagon still has the front and rear locking differentials, disconnectable front sway bar, 4-Lo transfer case, and the 12,000 lbs Warn winch.

Power Wagon Axle Data:

9.25 AAM 11.5 AAM
Front pinion:  98.3 mm Rear pinion:  121.3 mm
Front ring gear:  235 mm (9.25 inches) Rear ring gear:  292 mm (11.5 inches)
Front axle shaft diameter:  35 mm Rear axle shaft diameter:  38 mm

Crawl ratio – 3.23 (1st gear ratio) * 2.64 (transfer case ratio) * 4.10 (axle ratio) = 35:1

2017 Ram 2500 HD Tradesman with Power Wagon package

Here is a little known fact. Budget-minded Power Wagon enthusiasts can get into a “stealth” Power Wagon by selecting a 2017 Ram 2500 HD Tradesman crew cab 4WD truck with a ‘Power Wagon Equipment” package. This package costs around $8,000. You get all the running gear of the Power Wagon (including the winch). The exterior and interior appointments keep the truck appearance of a base Tradesman model, hence the “stealth” character of the truck. The Tradesman with the Power Wagon package starts at around $48,000.

The full-on 2017 Ram Power Wagon starts at $51,695 before destination charges.

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Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.