The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is one big, mean, purpose-built off-roader. And Ram knows that. That's why its Mopar performance division is reportedly crafting a high-speed off-roader of its own based on the new Ram 1500 half-ton pickup. It's expected to make its debut at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.
According to PickupTrucks.com, the truck isn't a concept bent on heading to production (just yet), but rather a project vehicle looking to do a little real world research in the dirt.
Veteran Baja racer Kent Kroeker is Mopar's primary consultant, sources say. He's not only successfully tackled the Mexican desert on multiple occasions, but he's also an accomplished businessman with his KORE off-road brand. KORE specializes in performance parts to ramp up Dodge trucks for serious dirt duty, so it only makes sense the pair has joined forces.
One of the key differences or advantages the Mopar-ized Ram has on the Raptor is that it features an independent rear four-link coil suspension setup, not a leaf configuration. This should aid in high-speed handling over uneven terrain. It also gives Kroeker the chance to build a beefier suspension setup with longer travel, which is the best bet for going fast on the dirt.
But what about the mighty Power Wagon? That truck is built on a heavy-duty three-quarter ton platform with solid axles front and rear. It's a rock climber with a suspension tailored towards maximum articulation, while the long-travel Ram 1500 will be designed to soak up miles of desert ruts at high speed.
The Easter Jeep Safari starts March 27 and lasts until April 4. Dodge will probably announce the truck ahead of the event, so stay glued to this channel for the official scoop.