Amer­ica’s favourite truck is making in­roads Down Un­der

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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

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