It’s hard to argue with the success of Ford’s SVT Raptor 4×4 pickup. It’s one of the most recognizable trucks on the road today and has proven so popular Ford had to increase production last year just to meet demand.
Not content to let Ford get all the buzz, Ram has debuted the latest edition of the Power Wagon with some impressive and class-leading numbers.
This is a truck with a rich history going all the way back to its introduction in 1945 as the first mass-produced 4×4 pickup. Back then it was meant to give soldiers returning home from war a pickup similar to the ones they had grown fond of while in the service.
Today, it’s one of the most revered names in the off-roading world and the latest edition seeks to retain that reputation and then some.
Based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Crew Cab, the 2014 Power Wagon features a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, pushing 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. The Hemi is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and 4.10 gearing. The truck’s rear axles come in at 9.25 inches in front and 11.5 inches in the rear.
The truck also features a new suspension system. Up front is Ram’s new Articulink three-link front suspension with electronic sway bar disconnect. In back is a five-link coil rear suspension exclusive to the Power Wagon. Both suspensions feature Bilstein monotube shocks.
And though tackling rough terrain is this truck’s main objective—14.5 inches of ground clearance and 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires help quite a bit in that regard—it’s a capable towing machine as well, towing up to 10,810 pounds.
The truck can also be outfitted in a variety of exterior designs with 12 different colors among three trim levels: Tradesman, SLT and Laramie. Each trim level features chrome front and rear bumpers, a Warn 12,000-lb. winch and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The Tradesman and Laramie trims are more understated while the SLT features a two-toned paint job, halogen projector headlamps flanked by LED arrays and blade graphics.
Don’t miss the huge gallery of photos above and check out the video below which covers the truck’s history and shows off its capabilities.