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
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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