End of an era: The Ram 1500 pickup truck no longer has a V8 engine
The Big Three are engaged in running battles across the auto market, but none are as fierce as the battle for truck supremacy. The most recent launch is the launch of the new 2025 Ram 1500, which includes more than just the Ram Charger. Yes, the big truck that Americans loved is about to get a young upstart to replace it. Link in.
When it comes to the powertrain, let’s address the elephant in the room: the V8 is dead. Instead, the new Ram will use a Hurricane Turbo 3.0-liter straight-six engine, initially available in two states of tune. Buyers can choose from a standard 420-hp model with 469 lb-ft of torque, and a high-output 540-hp model with 521 lb-ft of torque. Alternatively, it can also be had with a 3.6-liter Pentastar eTorque mild-hybrid V6, rated at 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.
Fans of America’s favorite cylinder design will be sad, but they don’t have to be. Both engines are much more powerful than the current 5.7-liter Hemi V8, which delivers just 395 horsepower at the crank. The old 5.7L Hemi may have been inefficient and may have used 16 spark plugs, but it will be missed. It was a proven thing; Advanced engine with reliable performance. It had a proven track record of covering hundreds of thousands of miles without complaint, and excellent support for third party parts. In contrast, a hurricane is a relative newcomer. It will take a few years for it to become popular with the wider truck team.
Ram specifically points out that to help reduce the Hurricane High Output engine’s massive torque, it has developed a new rear axle setup. It will be available across two- and four-wheel drive variants, and can be had with an open or limited-slip differential as desired. An electronic locking differential is also available, which will come in handy in situations where extra traction is required.
Aside from the gasoline power, there will also be a fully electric model called the Ram 1500 REV. It is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2024, and will be followed by the Ram 1500 Ramcharger hybrid series.
The 2025 Ram 1500 will also see the introduction of new tungsten inlays that top the range. Its purpose is to provide an “ultra-premium” experience. Think suede headliners and visors, quilted leather driver and passenger seats, and plenty of brushed metal trim inside. It also comes with a “premium” Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system with 23 speakers, which is certainly a step up from the regular “premium” sound systems available from other automakers.
In the third quarter of 2024, Ram will also launch something it calls the “RHO,” a half-ton truck powered by a 540-horsepower Hurricane engine. The high-performance model aims to keep Ram running when it comes to big trucks with big power and presence. We expect it to be a kind of spiritual successor to TRX.
Inside, the new model aims to be more technologically advanced than its predecessor. The infotainment system will run Uconnect 5 software on a new 14.5-inch touchscreen. In a sign that Ram has listened to customer feedback about slow interfaces, its setup responds to touches as quickly as 0.05 seconds. That will be paired with a 10.25-inch passenger display in what Ram calls a segment first, along with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Other modern amenities include a digital rearview mirror, the ability to use a smartphone as a key, and dual wireless charging pads to keep your devices ready on the go. The so-called Driving Assistance Level 2+ will be available in the new model. Unlike some current systems, it will allow hands-free driving under appropriate conditions.
Fans of luxury mechanical features will appreciate the option to open and close the tailgate electrically. It’s set up with basic obstacle detection, and ideally, it won’t bump into things if you press the button at the wrong time. A multi-function tailgate will also be available, along with lockable storage space for those keen to keep their tools safe. The onboard power inverter, when equipped on models with cyclone engines, will provide up to 1.8 kilowatts of power via two outlets in the bed.
Essentially, it’s an update that makes the beloved Ram 1500 move with the times. Many tears will be shed over the loss of the V8, but it’s hard to miss when such inline-six engines are available. What remains to be seen is whether Ram’s marketing department will be able to convince die-hard fans of the curved eight to take a trip into the future. If trucks are still as fast, comfortable and tow as Dickens’ trucks, they should be able to deliver.