Short And (Oh So) Sweet
When Dodge resurrected the Power Wagon name in 2005, it was clear the company was dead serious about offering the industry’s most off-road-capable fullsize pickup. Dodge based the Power Wagon on the solid axle ¾-ton Ram truck, and it was fitted with front and rear locking differentials; a switch-operated disconnecting front sway bar to improve suspension flex; lots of beefy underbody protection; a simple lever-shift transfer case; stout Warn 12,000-pound winch; quality Bilstein shocks; large 33-inch tires; and strong 17-inch forged aluminum wheels. It doesn’t get much better than that. Or does it?
To gauge consumer reaction, Chrysler’s Mopar Under Ground created a radical, short wheelbase version of the ’10 Power Wagon that integrates Power Wagon features in a regular cab truck with a trick, custom bed. The result is a rig that is over 32 inches shorter in overall length and has a 29-inch shorter wheelbase than the current Power Wagon Quad Cab. Not only does this configuration look smokin’ hot, it translates to improved maneuverability both on- and off-road.
So how did Mopar Under Ground create what they simply call “Powerwagon,” and what are its features? Read on, there are some surprises.
Owner/Hometown: Chrysler LLC/Auburn Hills, Michigan
Vehicle/Model: 2010 Ram Powerwagon
Estimated value: N/A
Type: Chrysler 5.7L Hemi V-8
Aspiration: Fuel injection
Output, hp/torque (estimated): 383/375
Transmission: Chrysler 545RFE 5-spd auto
Transfer case: NV271
Front: Superlift 4-in-lift coil springs, Bilstein 5100 shocks
Rear: Superlift 4-in-lift coil springs, Bilstein 5100 shocks
Front: AAM 9.25-in/TracRite
Rear: AAM 10.5-in/TracRite
Ring and pinion: 4.56:1
Wheels: 17x8 factory forged aluminum, powdercoated (17x8.5 Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlock’s on the cover image)
Tires: 40x14.50R17 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain