Having since graduated to the full-size pickup truck status, the Ram was showered with notoriety over the last quarter century, being singled out on several occasions as Truck of the Year, and featured prominently on the hit Chuck Norris television series ""Walker, Texas Ranger"" during its eight-year run. About The Ram 2500
Back in 1989, Indiana-based Cummins Inc. had a contract with Dodge to supply its trucks with diesel engines, securing one of the Ram’s staples engine features for all models 2500 and higher since. Before the Ram 2500 hit the marketplace in 1994, its predecessor, the Ram 250 in 1981 to 1993 was equipped with a six-cylinder, 5.9-liter, inline engine that generated 160 hp with 400 lb-ft of torque.
Wedged in between the one-half ton 1500 and the one-ton dual-rear-wheel 3500, the three-quarter ton Ram 2500 is marketed by Dodge as the perfect blend of commercial purpose with superior towing capability. Offered initially in a regular cab, quad, jumbo crew cab, or an off-road version featuring 33-inch wheels, tuned suspension and a 12,000-pound hauling capacity, the Ram 2500 came in two distinct weight ratings: light duty and heavy duty.
With engines ranging from a 3.9-liter, magnum V-6 to a 5.9-liter, diesel I6, the Ram 2500 was once one of the most stalwart trucks on the road. The 1994 Ram 2500 also got a new exterior streamlined profile design with chiseled details. The revamp paid off as the Ram 2500's sales almost tripled for the 1994 model year. The Ram 2500’s popularity with the buying public would surge yet again five years later in 1999 with sales doubling.Ram 2500 Features
For 2012, the new Ram 2500 is all about high-duty capabilities: towing, payload capacity, premium passenger amenities, and driving dynamics. The final result was one of the most powerful heavy-duty pickup trucks on the market.
Available in eight distinct trim models (ST, SLT, Outdoorsman, Lone Star, Big Horn, Power Wagon, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn), the 2012 Ram 2500 remains the singular, heavy-duty pickup truck to meet EPA standards without the need for diesel exhaust fluid. In terms of its engine prowess, the 2500 packs an impressive 6.7-liter, Cummins diesel engine capable of producing 350 hp with 650 lb-ft of torque, paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.
The 2012 Ram 2500 comes with 28 safety and security features, some of which include an anti-lock braking system, advanced multi-stage air bags, seatbelt alert system, electronic brake-force distribution, energy-absorbing steering column, and specialized crumple zones throughout the cabin designed to decrease the transfer of energy during an accident.
Interior appointments are top-notch for the 2012 Ram 2500: heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic temperature control, memory seats, a navigation system, ample storage space, and infotainment options galore, including a ""U"" connect multimedia system with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and an available first-in-segment 10-speaker surround-sound system.Ram 2500 Evolution
Produced between 1994 and 2002, the second generation Ram 2500 came saddled with three consumer engine options, a base 5.2-liter V-8, an eight-liter V-10, or the 5.9-liter, Cummins six-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine that delivered 305 hp and a torque rating of 555 lb-ft, which gave the 2500 a towing capacity of 16,000 pounds. Interior cab designs came in 1998 with a more spacious backseat, rear-hinged doors, and standard passenger side airbags.
2003 saw the introduction of the Ram 2500’s third generation with the model standard 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 producing 345 hp, until the line got a slight power boost in 2009, upping the hp by a scant 10 to 355.
In 2005, the optional Cummins 610 engine hit the marketplace. Featuring an electronic waste-gated high-flow fuel turbocharger that not only boosted output but reduced emissions, the 610 gave drivers 325 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque, hence the name. The 610 was offered until the tail end of 2006, when Dodge rolled out the 6.7-liter, diesel Cummins engine, which remains one of the most powerful Ram 2500 engines to date.
With a total payload capacity of over 5000 pounds and a total towing ability that tops out at over 16,000 pounds, the 350 hp/650 lb-ft of torque 6.7-liter utilized a diesel filtering system that eliminated particle emissions and reduced nitrogen oxide.