It has just been confirmed by Chrysler’s powertrain chief Paolo Ferraro that the Ram 1500 pickup will be released for 2012 with a completely new 3.6-liter Penstar V-6. WardsAuto Tweeted the news.
The half-ton Ram was previously powered by a 3.7-liter v-6 putting out 215-hp at 235 pounds-feet of torque that came out with the 2002 model year. The new motor is lighter, as it is made of aluminum, and gets dual-overhead cams versus the previous models’ single-overhead cam.
Torque-activated cam phasers, improved fuel economy, and a standard oil cooler are all additional features. The future holds the possibility of a Multi-Air valve timing system.
While the power output has not been released, the competition includes two GM models, the full-size Chevy Silverado 1500 and he GMC Sierra 1500, both using a 4.3-liter V6. The Ford F-150 will also compete with a new 3.7-liter Duratech V-6.
– By: Alexandra Koken