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Mopar Underground 2010 Ram Powerwagon Concept

Mopar Underground Powerwagon
Ken Brubaker
| Senior Editor, Four Wheeler
Posted July 1, 2012
Photographers: Sean P. Holman

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.

The Details
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


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