RAM trucks are now officially available in Australia thanks to American Special Vehicles (ASV), which converts the trucks to right-hand drive and for a limited time, the company is offering the RAM 2500 from $139,500 and RAM 3500 from $146,500 driveaway.
Powered by a 6.7-litre Cummins turbo diesel engine producing 276kW and a staggering 1,084 Nm of torque, the Australian market RAM Truck can carry or tow an astounding amount. Depending on the type of towing arrangement utilised, ASV says RAM Trucks feature a towing capacity of up to 6,170 kg for the RAM 2500 and an impressive 6,989 kg for the RAM 3500. Payload is 913 kg for the RAM 2500 and 1,713 kg for the RAM 3500.
Power is fed to the road via a 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission, which includes driver-adaptive shifting and three multiple clutch packs, dual filters on a dual stage pump and an independent lubrication cooler that delivers ample pressures under all loads and driving conditions.
The RAM 2500 and RAM 3500s heavy-duty, 50-KSI steel frame has eight separate cross members, hydro formed frame rails and fully boxed rear rails.
The RAM 2500 front suspension features a unique three-link coil spring arrangement. The rear suspension boasts a class exclusive five link coil spring suspension featuring unique multi-rate coil springs and heavy duty fixed displacement twin tube shock absorbers, both of which are placed in an outboard position that is said to optimise performance and minimises noise and vibration.
The RAM 3500 features a tougher Hotchkiss rear leaf spring suspension and a significantly larger stabiliser bar for higher roll stiffness than past models. Its three-link front suspension increases roll stiffness and supports its increased towing capacity.
There’s also a BorgWarner BW 44-46 transfer case with electronic shift on the fly and three operating ranges plus neutral. It offers a low range reduction ratio of 2.64:1 – an ideal ratio when off road in a slow rock climbing or steep gradient situation.
Inside, the RAM trucks feature leather trimmed seats with heating and ventilation, 10-way power adjustment for the driver and six way adjustment for the front passenger, a heated leather bound steering wheel with integrated audio controls, dual zone climate control, tinted power windows, a 20 cm touchscreen display, a 17 cm multi-view cluster, a nine speaker sound system with subwoofer, ports for mobile devices and a media hub and Bluetooth.
On the safety front, there are multi-stage front airbags, front and rear seat curtain airbags, electronic stability control, rear park assist and rear view camera, an eye level brake light with cargo camera, a tyre pressure monitoring system and remote keyless entry.
American Special Vehicles is a venture combining the resources of Australia’s largest independent automotive importer and distributor, Ateco Automotive, with the legendary Walkinshaw Automotive Group.
The American Special Vehicles RAM trucks are produced with full volume import approval, meaning they will be fully compliant with Australian Design Rules and that American Special Vehicles will be the sole importer of RAM models covered by that approval.
The RAM trucks are imported to Australia direct from the factory in left hand drive. The Walkinshaw Automotive Group then completely remanufacture the RAM vehicles to right hand drive on a purpose built production line in Melbourne.
Right-hand drive RAM trucks engineered by American Special Vehicles are covered by a comprehensive three year, 100,000 km warranty along with full parts and service support.