Is Ram’s Manual Transmission Dead?
It may not be extinct yet, but according to data collected from Cars.com and research conducted by Performance Truck Products it’s definitely in its death throes. Of an available 13,366 2018 Ram 2500 models packing Cummins under the hood, just 281 are backed by the G56 manual. And as for 3500 models, a mere 155 trucks are graced with a bolt-action transmission. So what does this information mean? Are consumers buying automatics because they’d rather have the higher power rating that comes with them, or is this a sign that today’s automatics are better equipped to handle the tasks we asked of them? If you recall, Ram has been the sole manufacturer offering a manual transmission option in the heavy-duty truck segment since 2011. However, it may soon come to an end.