Should Ram offer a new giant 7.0L HEMI V8 in their heavy duty pickup trucks to combat Ford and GM for 2020 and beyond? Perhaps, a 6.4L HEMI V8 with an eTorque or other gas/electric hybrid will do the trick?
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New gasoline V8 engines are the latest heavy duty pickup truck trend. Ford recently unveiled a 7.3L gas big block push-rod V8. We do not have official power figures for it yet, but rough estimates put it around 450 horsepower and over 506 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be mated to Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.
General Motors released a new 6.6L gas V8 with direct injection and official ratings of 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. This new V8 will be mated to GM’s updated 6-speed automatic.
Ram has just released the latest 6.4L HEMI V8 in combination with a 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The engine is still rated at 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, but the new chassis and vibration/noise reduction allow the 6.4L to run in four-cylinder mode more often than before (according to Ram).
Ram’s big gas engine is current the horsepower king in heavy duty pickups, but its reign will likely fall at the end of this year with the Ford 7.3L numbers are released. GM’s 6.6L gas V8 is also promising more torque than the HEMI.
How will Ram combat against this? One way is to offer a new 7.0L HEMI V8 in heavy duty guise. Some sources speculate that a new 7.0L V8 could produce around 535 lb-ft of torque. We do not have any official information about the existence of this engine project or any potential ratings.
Another way is to create a 6.4L HEMI V8 with an eTorque gas/electric hybrid. This system would have to be more than a mild-hybrid, and it should raise the total system power closer to 450 hp and torque to over 500 lb-ft.
Here is the new 2019 Ram Power Wagon in the mud. We will have full driving impressions and more information about the new Ram HD trucks by the end of February.