For two years, the Viper V-10-engined Dodge Ram SRT-10 had the distinction of being the world’s fastest pickup truck. Production ended on June 30, 2006, and muscle truck fans were left with no viable options from Dodge or Ram.
Now that things in Auburn Hills have settled down, Ram is testing the muscle truck waters once again. Debuting at this year’s SEMA show is the Ram 392 Quick Silver, a full size Ram pickup that Chrysler bills as ideal for sharing garage space with a Dodge Viper.
For Quick Silver duty, the standard 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is gone, replaced by a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 good for 470 horsepower in stock trim. Next comes a cold air intake, headers (with an electronic exhaust cutout to really annoy the neighbors) and a cat-back exhaust system.
Ensuring that the Ram 392 Quick Silver can stop as well as it goes, a Brembo brake kit featuring 15-inch vented rotors and six-piston calipers gets bolted to all four corners. The truck then gets dropped by a full two inches, before 22-inch wheels shod in 305/40R22 tires (rear) and 275/45R22 tires (front) are added.
The Quick Silver’s body is sprayed in a three-stage bright silver paint with a black roof, while red wheels, mirrors and trim are used to add color. A deep-cowl aluminum hood, complete with heat extractors, comes next, before a Mopar body kit is added to complete the look.
Will Ram build such a truck? We suppose that depends on customer interest. Unlike the Challenger SRT8 ACR Dodge built primarily from the Mopar catalog for SEMA, building a Ram 392 QuickSilver of your own would take serious time, effort and money.
It’s not like the Quick Silver would have a lot of competition; after all, Chevy killed off the 454 SS long ago, and Ford no longer builds an F-150 Lightning. Maybe the Ram 392 Quick Silver is just what the company needs to build interest in its product line.
Stay tuned for more information on the Ram 392 Quick Silver next week, but in the meantime follow our complete coverage of the 2011 SEMA show by clicking here.