RAM ON THE RIGHT SIDE
America’s favourite truck is making inroads Down Under
DODGE RAM utes are now available in Australia in right-hand drive. They are converted by American Special Vehicles and through a national dealer network.
Special Vehicles is venture combining the resources of Ateco Automotive with Walkinshaw Group.
RAM is a standalone division Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and it has emerged as an industry leader more than 40,000 US sales a month. The American Special Vehicles
trucks are produced with full volume import approval, meaning they will be compliant Australian Design Rules and that Special Vehicles will be the sole importer of RAM models covered by that approval.
trucks are imported direct from the factory in left-hand drive then remanufactured Melbourne.
Powered by a 6.7 litre Cummins turbo diesel engine producing 276kW and mountainous 1084Nm of torque,
RAM truck can carry or tow big loads. Depending on the type towing arrangement used, RAMs feature a towing capacity of up to 6989kg for the RAM 2500 and 6170kg RAM 3500. Payload is 913kg
1713kg for the 3500. Power gets road via a sixspeed automatic transmission, which includes driver-adaptive shifting and three multiple clutch packs, dual filters on a dual stage pump an independent lubrication cooler that delivers ample pressures under all loads and driving conditions.
The vehicles use a 50-KSI steel frame, providing high level of strength. Eight separate cross members, hydro-formed frame rails and fully boxed rear help add strength and stability, giving the 2500
3500 the support to tow bigger and work harder.
The RAM 2500 front suspension features a three-link coil spring arrangement. rear has
class-exclusive five-link suspension featuring multi-rate springs and heavy duty fixed displacement twin tube shock absorbers, both in an outboard position that optimises performance
minimises noise vibration. The 3500 is even tougher with Hotchkiss rear leaf spring suspension that delivers mighty towing and payload capability. A significantly larger stabiliser bar generates higher roll stiffness than past models gives RAM 3500 Heavy Duty trucks more stability on the road — off. The three-link front suspension on
increases roll stiffness and supports its increased towing capacity.
The transfer case in the RAM is primed for ultra-tough 4x4 capability.
BorgWarner BW 44-46 transfer case features responsive electronic shift on the fly engineering with three operating ranges plus neutral. This unit offers a low range reduction ratio of 2.64:1 — an ideal ratio when off road in slow rock-climbing situation or when using the RAM 4x4 on challenging terrain steep grades.
Sophisticated comfort meets work ready durability in a cabin packed with features; leather trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front 10-way power adjustment for the driver and six way passenger. Then there’s heated, leather-bound steering wheel with integrated audio controls to turn
steering, dual zone climate control, tinted power windows, a 20cm touchscreen display, 17cm multi-view cluster, a nine-speaker sound system, ports for mobile devices and media hub, Bluetooth the list goes on.
RAMs are also big on safety security featuring multi-stage front airbags, front rear seat curtain
electronic stability control, rear park assist and view camera, an eye level brake light with cargo camera, a tyre pressure monitoring system remote keyless entry.
American Special Vehicles joint chief operating officer John DiBerardino said: “Our engineers and manufacturing teams have risen to the challenge of implementing a completely unique build process for the right hand drive RAM while simultaneously designing, sourcing and cataloguing hundreds of original equipment quality parts.”
Prices start at $139,500 a 2500 $146,500 for 3500. They are covered by comprehensive three-year, 100,000km warranty along with full parts and service support.
Further information at www.ramtrucks.com.au