Hot Rod Garage pulled the diesel powertrain from a 1995 Ram 2500 and dropped it in a 1973 D200. They then turned their attention to power output with the goal of doubling both the horsepower and torque of the Cummins 12 valve engine. Were they successful? Find both episodes after the jump!
The New York Times has done a short write-up on the Ram 1500 Diesel. The competition is paying attention and reacting quickly.
Fuel economy has taken a bit of a back seat in the last few years in the full-size pickup market, with each manufacturer trying to one-up one another with ever higher horsepower, payload and towing numbers. The first fuel economy salvo was fired by Ford with their 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost in their F-150. There were skeptics until it proved to be a big seller. Never one to simply follow, Ram’s response was a return to the diesel. Motor Trend put the new Ram to the mileage test and the results seem to back up Ram’s reasoning. See the entire test at Motor Trend.