AW Vehicle Review - 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab

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  1. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

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    Why Ask Why? Any Viper-Powered Vehicle Is Okay With Us, And This One Really Hauls

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    MIKE FLOYD
    Published Date: 10/18/04

    Fast cars—and trucks, SUVs, golf carts, whatever—get two thumbs-up around here, so when an outfit like Chrysler’s SRT performance tuning firm works its magic, it gets attention.

    One favorite SRT creation is Dodge’s pickup screamer, the Viper-powered Ram SRT-10 standard cab, which recently snatched the title of world’s fastest truck away from Ford’s SVT Lightning.

    So why should SRT create this Quad Cab monster?

    "We wanted to give Viper owners a way to tow their vehicles to the track and then be able to take the truck out for a few laps as well," said SRT director Dan Knott. Yeah, right. Would it also have something to do with a burgeoning sport truck market?

    Or how about: Because you can never have enough vehicles with an 8.3-liter 500-hp V10 in the engine bay? Whatever the reasons, thanks much, Dan.

    The SRT-10 Quad Cab was developed to fill the void created by the standard-cab Ram SRT’s main pure truck shortcoming—its lack of towing capacity. The Quad Cab is a mite kinder and gentler than its racier sibling.

    Besides the obvious cab difference between the two SRTs, the biggest change for the Quad Cab mechanically is the mating of a four-speed automatic transmission to the Viper block.

    Dodge engineers say getting the transmission (adapted from Ram diesel applications) to work right was the trickiest part of building the truck. It had to handle the beastly 525 lb-ft of maximum torque and be able to tow 7500 pounds. In went a beefed-up torque converter and a two-piece driveshaft. Engineers included a custom tranny calibration, and gave its live rear axle a 4.56 ratio. The goal: improve launch feel, low-end acceleration and tow capacity. From behind the wheel, you’ll think it is transmission accomplished.

    As Knott said, this SRT—like all SRTs—is also prepared for track duty. At the drag strip, Dodge officials boast, the Quad Cab will do mid-five-second 0-to-60-mph runs, and sprints the quarter-mile in the high-13s.

    While it is heftier (5450 pounds) and has a longer wheelbase (140.5 inches) than its standard-cab compatriot, the Quad Cab shares the same ride height and much the same performance-tuned underpinnings
    , including independent front suspension and stabilizer bar, beefed-up springs and Bilstein monotube shocks all around.

    The verdict after roaring around an autocross track on a gray, rainy day at Chrysler’s proving grounds is that this behemoth acquits itself surprisingly well. When we needed to slow down before things got too wild, SRT’s new 15-inch front, 14-inch rear, four-pot, opposed-piston caliper-disc setup with ABS (also available on the ’05 standard cab) stopped it with authority.

    With the exception of the predictable bed hippity-hop over rough pavement, the Quad Cab as a daily commuter is fine. Its hood scoop, NASCAR Craftsman Truck-inspired and engineered, wind tunnel-tested rear wing and 22-inch rims shod with 305/40YR Pirelli Scorpion Zeros definitely crank the ooh-and-aah meter.

    The cabin has comfortable seating for four, with nicely bolstered, SRT-accented seating. Options include DVD navigation and Uconnect—a Bluetooth-enabled, hands-free communications system. A tonneau cover/wing combo (available next March) features gas struts to help raise and lower it for easier access to the bed.

    Yes, the Viper owners of the world would have survived without the SRT-10 Quad Cab. But we say, the more snakes, the better.

    2005 DODGE RAM SRT-10 QUAD CAB

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    ON SALE: Now
    BASE PRICE: $50,850
    POWERTRAIN: 8.3-liter, 500-hp, 525-lb-ft V10; rwd, four-speed automatic
    CURB WEIGHT: 5450 pounds
    0 TO 60 MPH: 5.5 seconds (est.)


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  2. Dave

    Dave This is no motherfucking game OT Supporter

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    Anyone who bought a regular cab SRT-10 is feeling pretty sorry right about now.
     
  3. V_Eight

    V_Eight inside fish sticks, outside tartar sauce

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    So it will keep up with my car... and it gets what gas mileage on what octane fuel?
     
  4. wangatang

    wangatang backing it in your mom

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    What are the Lightning sackriders going to say now? Wait until 2006? Oh yeah it's cancelled :fawk:


    I still <3 the Lightning.
     
  5. wangatang

    wangatang backing it in your mom

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    What do you drive? I'm sure the truck has a good 1k-2k lbs on your car. Why not race while towing a 5000 lbs trailer?
     
  6. TriShield

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    I'd rather have the regular cab, and towing isn't a concern for me. :dunno:
     
  7. anomaly

    anomaly If you weren't around for the original HA.net spli

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    Eskimo Yo-Yo absent OT Supporter

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    I read it is out until 2007?
     
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    sounds fun!
     
  10. V_Eight

    V_Eight inside fish sticks, outside tartar sauce

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    Mustang GT. I'm well aware they are different categories, but my point stands. Half the people that buy them probably won't even get dirt in the bed or two anything with it.
     
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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :wtc: please oh please never ever ever let that transmission find its way to a viper line.
     
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    They not going to stop making the single cabs are they? :sad2: I want to get a single cab eventually.
     
  13. Jim311

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    It can only tow 7500 pounds?


    :weak:


    Dodge has better trucks for tow duty. That's a show truck.. not a tow slut.
     
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    Damn that's sexy though. :wackit:
     
  15. SaintGRW

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    Tow the viper to the track.
     
  16. PaddoK

    PaddoK Some dolphins get massacred, some dolphins get blo

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    You are not TriShield.
     
  17. chadds

    chadds Roethlisberger & Palko > your QBs OT Supporter

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    meh...I really like the SRT-10, but if I'm in the market for a vehicle like that, I want the regular cab.

    4-doors just doesn't seem right on something like that :hs:
     
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    If you've got that much money, I guess. But still... even with 500 horsepower a Cummins diesel would out-tow that thing any day. :dunno:
     
  19. chadds

    chadds Roethlisberger & Palko > your QBs OT Supporter

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    I want the Viper engine in a RWD Stratus R/T :o
     
  20. SaintGRW

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    :slap: because a Cummins Diesel is more of a work truck. Although both are pimp I would enjoy towing my viper to the track with a SRT-10 Ram
     
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  22. rumpy

    rumpy I am of two minds...literally OT Supporter

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    Still what do you know of that can run a 5.5 0-60 and tow 7500 lbs? Also 7500 lbs isn't that bad. It's alot more than your average SUV and pick up can tow.
     
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    A moddified Cummins :o
     
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    Um...thanks but no. Most worthless vehicle Dodge has built lately.


    Viper-powered = :bowdown: , but I seriously question the point here.
     
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    it probably gets 8-10 mpg :hs:
     

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