New Ram 1500 "Adventurer" Aimed at Sport Truck Enthusiasts Announced

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If the new Ram 1500 Tradesman grabbed the attention of contractors and small businesses with its low price, high capability and standard V-8, another new Ram model — code-named “Adventurer”— is set to turn the heads of sport truck enthusiasts.

The two-wheel drive, 390 horsepower Hemi-powered Ram Adventurer builds on the Ram 1500 Tradesman’s key attributes.

According to a press release, the new truck will feature a monochromatic paint scheme, body-colored grille with black honeycomb inserts, body-colored front fascia and body-colored rear fascia with chrome-tipped dual exhausts shouting “high-performance.”

The Ram will also get fog lamps and 20-inch aluminum wheels with locking lug nuts. There’s also a locking tailgate, cargo lamp, rear-bumper step pad, 6-by-9-inch side-view mirrors and rear wheel-well liners.

Standard features also include a 160-amp alternator, 26-gallon fuel tank, 3.55 rear axle ratio (optional 3.21 or 3.92), 700-amp maintenance-free battery, four- and seven-pin trailer wiring harness, heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, power rack-and-pinion steering, halogen headlamps, heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling, and a full-size spare tire.

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Inside, the new Ram half-ton model will get a heavy-duty vinyl 40/20/40-split bench seat, and buyers can choose vinyl or carpeted floor covering. Other features include air conditioning, a 120-mph speedometer, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, six-speaker media center with CD and MP3 player, as well as audio jack input for mobile devices, automatic headlamps, behind-the-seat storage bins, driver and passenger assist handles, power accessory delay, rear dome lamp, rearview day/night mirror and tinted glass windows.

Safety features include advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front curtain and side airbags, antilock four-wheel-disc brakes, electronic stability control, height-adjust shoulder belts, sentry key theft deterrent system and tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.

It will be available in bright silver metallic, bright white, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl; Deep Water Blue Pearl; Flame Red, Hunter Green Pearl and Mineral Gray Metallic.

“This is going to be a great-looking sports truck,” Ram trucks CEO Fred Diaz said. “A buyer will be able to drive off in a new Hemi-powered Ram truck with money left over for other things, like Mopar accessories. There’s nothing in the market – and that includes other trucks, as well as cars – that can compete with this truck’s blend of style, exhilarating performance and value.”

The eight-cylinder Adventurer (until it gets a formal name) will start at $23,830 (including a $975 destination charge). That’s $1,050 more than the Tradesman’s starting price. It will arrive in Ram truck dealerships in second quarter of 2011.

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Comments

@ian The same could be said of the more expensize F-150. Add options and,,,

Hey guys, I need your help.

I want to buy a Dodge Ram 1500 and I cover Maine to Long Island, NY inspecting yachts and boats.

I do a ton of highway travel. What would be the best gear ratio in the drive train when it comes time to specing one out?

I am also interested in the new ADVENTURER.

Thanks,

Captain Rob Scanlan, United States Marine Surveyors

@Captain Rob - most guys mention that one should look at the tranny gear ratios in conjunction with the rear end ratio. That would give you a better indication as to what the overall gearing will be. I haven't read any posts clearly outlining how big a difference there is in MPG based on gearing. It does seem that the manufacturer's best MPG are with tall (low numerical) gears. Ford and Chev had some models geared to better MPG with low resistance tires and tall gearing.
I haven't looked closely at 4x2 trucks but I know that with 4x4's the Ford F150's bumper and chin sits much higher than a Chev or Ram. The Ram was about 1/2 inch higher than the Chev. I would suspect that this helps the GM's MPG as less air gets under the truck.
My F150 has 3.55 gears and hunts gears a bit more than my brother-in-law's truck with 3.73's. I haven't had my truck long enough to get a feel for highway MPG but I have a 5.4 which isn't noted for fuel economy.
There are "hyper-miling" sites that might give you a better idea if MPG is a big concern.
So far it seems that Ford's F150 with 3.7 L V6 has the best MPG for a full sided truck.

Cpt.-

As a Ram owner, with the HEMI and 545RFE automatic transmission, I think I can give you helpful information?

The HEMI power plant is a great motor...hampered only by the inefficient gearing of the automatic transmission. Around town, first gear is marginally adequate and second gear is way to high (numerically low). Not enough difference in gearing between 2Nd and 3rd. It pulls pretty hard in first gear (I have 4.56:1 differential gears) then shifts into second and kind of lugs a bit. Going down the highway the gearing, with two overdrives, is fine. The cruising r.p.m., at 70 m.p.h, in the top gear is around 2,000 r.p.m. The motor makes decent power at this engine speed on flat open highway. Hills tend to cause a little "gear change dancing" as the transmission tries to decide which gear is best.

If you are not performance minded, or plan on towing anything, then I think you would be fine with a high (numerically low) differential gear ratio? This would be best for better m.p.g.

If you do like power, and will tow a bit, then I think a lower (numerically higher) differential gear ratio would be better for you? This would give you poor m.p.g.

Good luck!

hey, back in 1978 I bought a d150 adventurer, it was The Little Red Truck, not for off roadin and in my opinion a legendary truck!

I would LOVE to have a 1978/1979 Dodge Li'l Red Express! I looked at a couple a few years ago. Both were 1979's; one was converted to propane (Icky!) and the other one was priced way to high. Perhaps I will run into the right one someday?

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