When we think of highly capable off-road machinery we tend to think about the Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen or the Land Rover Defender. There are of course many more impressive off-roaders out there, but not many people will mention the Ram Power Wagon. First of all that is because you won't find them outside of the United States, but also because Ram sells only a hand-full every year, compared to hundreds of thousands of the regular trucks.
What makes the Power Wagon so special is the fact that it can do basically everything a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon can do, while being taller, wider, longer and heavier. To deal with the extra girth a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 provides 410 bhp (310 kW) and 429 lb-ft (582 Nm) to a 6-speed automatic. Just like the Rubicon, the Power Wagon has a floor-shifted manual transfer case for a 4.10 axle ratio, electronic rear and front locking differentials and an electronic disconnecting sway bar at the front for 26 inches of suspension articulation.
Except for some minor details like new vinyl Power Wagon prints on the bed and different wheels, this bad ass truck continues into 2018 mostly unchanged and a legendary reputation to expand. Driving this behemoth in the Texas Hill Country put it high up on my favorites list, right up there with even exotic GTs and sports cars...
© Words and video Natan Tazelaar
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