There are so many leaks in auto media that we might as well be in Washington. This is the season for lots of news — uncertified by truck makers, but often accurate — since 2015 camouflaged test vehicles are being put through their paces and we are getting close to some 2014 reveals. Out of respect for Ram I followed the headline with a question mark, but I suspect it was not needed.
Among the most frequently heard is that for 2014 Ram Heavy Duty will feature a 6.4L Hemi engine. It is likely that this is a trumer (that’s a true rumor) since a similar engine is currently available on some Chrysler SRT vehicles. The trucks would feature air suspension,also.
There is a circuitous path to the story and it must be shared and credited. I read about it on Torque News which credits it to a member of the Allpar site who stumbled across an electrononic copy of the Ram HD 2014 owners manual with a section on a 6.4L Hemi V-8. I am told that it is no longer on the site, and I understand exactly why it found its way to the digisphere.
Not many months ago, before there was a 2014 Chevy Silverado in the near future, I did my usual scan of the media web site and saw a menu item for the upcoming vehicle. I clicked on to the site and there was a press release that reflects everything I have seen/driven with the Silverado. Foolish me, I didn’t print it off and it was gone before I could make any notes but it did shake up the Chevy communications group when I mentioned it.
It seems as though content developers sometimes have a bad habit of developing new content on the live site. Once they realize what they have done, they get off-line fast since virtually all of this information is embargoed for us nosy reporters.
Here, with a tip of my Stetson to Torque News, Patric Rall (who wrote the story) and Allpar is what has been talked about online:
- This engine is a more powerful engine than the 5.7L Hemi with a lower cost to the consumer than the very powerful Cummins Turbo Diesel currently being offered (currently as the standard) for 2500 and 3500 models. Option or standard? Haven’t a clue.
- It is expected, according to my sources, that it could be the “base” engine for the Ram 4500 chassis cab, now only available with the Cummins
I will try to find out more later this month when I will be with Chrysler at their proving grounds in Chelsea, Michigan, where some 2014 vehicles will be previewed — many with embargo dates — and I will also be hoping to drive the announced Ram 1500 diesel. It’s always a surprise.