In addition to the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine which produces 390 hp, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and 20 mpg, the 2012 Ram 1500 offers a flex-fuel-capable 4.7-liter V8 providing 310 hp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 3.7-liter V6 generating 215 hp and 235 lb.-ft. of torque. Ram offers five- and six-speed automatic transmissions; part-time and on-demand four-wheel-drive transfer cases; and 3.21, 3.55, 3.92 and 4.10 axle ratios.
Equipped with the HEMI, the 2012 Ram R/T regular-cab 4x2 model with a short bed and 4:10 gears blasts from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
The 2012 Ram 1500 is offered with regular cab, Quad Cab or Crew Cab and three box lengths: 8-foot (regular cab), 6-foot-4-inches (regular cab and Quad Cab), and 5-foot-7-inches (Ram 1500 Crew Cab).
Ram 1500 is the only light-duty pickup with a coil-spring, multilink rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle, which Chrysler says provides ride and handling capabilities "unexpected in a pickup truck." The configuration offers payload capacity up to 1,850 lb. and towing capability up to 10,250 lb.
The new Tradesman HD reaches 3,100-lb. payload capacity, 11,500-lb. maximum trailer rating and 17,500-lb. gross combined weight rating.
More than 30 safety features, including standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control with hill-start assist and trailer sway control.
- RamBox cargo storage bins built into the bed rails are now available for Quad/Crew Cab and short bed Reg Cab
- First-in-segment heated and ventilated front seats (heated rear seats also available)
- Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty