One of the most attractive engine options within the current engine range is the famous HEMI V-8. The current generation of the light-duty Ram truck is proud to have an icon among the other engine options. The 2018 Ram 1500 is going to surprise the public with numerous changes and engine updates, so the HEMI is going to suffer at least several substantial changes, but it’s too early to say anything precise about it.
Current HEMI V-8 Specs
Under the hood of the current Ram 1500, the aforementioned engine is a 5.7-liter mill in V-8 configuration that delivers 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Delivering plenty of torque is essential for a truck’s engine, so the improved HEMI is probably going to be able to send more twist to the wheels.
2018 Ram 1500 Gets Better EPA Fuel Economy
According to the automaker, the engine inside the 2016 Ram 1500 returns 15 mpg/city and 22 mpg/highway when mated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox on 4×2 models. With a six-speed automatic transmission, it’s good for 14 mpg/city and 20 mpg/highway. Since the new stringent regulations are going to be imposed, all the automakers must focus on fuel economy. We probably won’t be wrong if we claim now that the next-gen Ram 1500 is going to be treated with a more efficient 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.
HEMI’s Power Increase
As they’re going to make engineering changes in order to boost the engine’s fuel efficiency and achieve better EPA fuel economy results, they’re going to improve the mill’s power and torque, too. It’s hard to estimate how much power will be added to the engines’s muscles, but we think there’s no doubt the 2018 Ram 1500 is going to significantly improve its towing capability.
Urge to Improve Towing Capacity: 2018 Ram 1500’s Towing Figures Will Overshoot 10k lbs.
Currently, the truck with the HEMI engine under the hood is able to tow 10,650 lbs and its max payload is 1,810 lbs. Having in mind that the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine – updated for the 2018 Ram 1500 – is going to provide more than 10,000 lbs, in order to defend the honor of gasoline engines, the next-gen’s V-8 HEMI should probably significantly improve the truck’s towing ability.
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