Industry Range Day: TFBTV Gets the First Test Drive of the 2017 RAM Power Wagon | SHOT 2017

This is what happens when TFB’s sister publication, autoguide.com, sends a professional camera crew to record James – a gun reviewer – driving the brand new Ram Power Wagon.

In a collaboration with the autoguide.com crew, TFBTV continues its Industry Day at the Range coverage: RAM Trucks asked TFBTV to run a test drive video of the new 2017 RAM Power Wagon before any of the auto publications or blogs got their hands on it.  RAM – a SHOT Show Sponsor – wanted to emphasize commitment the outdoor and shooter-friendly features like a locking pistol box in the floorboards, two locking rifle boxes in the bed, incredible offroad performance, and a 12,000 lbs. winch. The press release is below:

(Full Press Release here http://media.fcanorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=17965&mid=69)

For 2017, Power Wagon will top a lineup of off-road trucks that includes Rebel and the 4×4 Off-road Package and will support the Ram brand’s claim to being the off-road truck leader.

Based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Crew Cab, the Power Wagon features a number of off-road-specific enhancements, including a unique suspension with more than two inches of lift, locking differentials and a 12,000-lb. winch, giving this beast a significant advantage over all production pickups.

“The Ram Power Wagon is an off-road, all-access pass, removing the limitations, instilling confidence and allowing owners to reach areas of recreation and lifestyle not attainable with any other pickup,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “The 2017 Ram Power Wagon delivers to those who travel into extreme terrain, while providing the towing and payload capability required in a heavy-duty truck.”

The 2017 Ram Power Wagon engineering efforts include a best-in-class 410 horsepower, 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine.

“Dating back to 1945, the Ram Power Wagon’s heritage holds a distinctive position in the Ram Truck lineup as an example of engineering innovation and off-road capability,” said Rob Wichman, Director – Ram Truck Engineering. “For 2017, the Power Wagon’s best-in-class, can-do toughness is matched by can’t-stop-me looks.”

The Power Wagon nameplate was initially produced from 1945 through 1980. Early trucks were based on the Weapons Carrier (WC) series of Dodge ¾-ton military-use trucks built during World War II. The Power Wagon went on to become a well-known civilian vehicle. The iconic truck was reintroduced in 2005 and now exists as an independent model in the Ram Truck lineup.

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  • VanDiemensLand

    One day American manufacturers will hear about ramp-over angle, that wheelbase is looooooooong.

  • WANDERLUST srt

    Great review, you do better then lots of the dedicated auto journalists in highlighting actually relevant points.

  • NotHunterCooper

    I’ve got a ’16 Ram Rebel and love it to death. The back seats flip up to reveal a nice carbine sized spot, there are very convenient roughly shoebox sized compartments in the floor in the back seat too (that have a removable plastic liner). Do yourself a favor if you are interested in a regular 1500, Rebel, or Power Wagon; make sure you get the 33g gas tank or you will live at the gas station.

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Excellent !
    Very reminiscient of Gary Gasteleux (sp?) of FOX Automotive reviews.
    And that is a GOOD THING.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Sorry, thought this was the FIREARM blog…

    • Well we went to shoot guns and were asked us if we wanted to drive a test, and we said “yes, yes we do”. The rest is history. TFB: Trucks & Firearms Blog.

      (that is a joke, the name has not changed)

      • Phillip Cooper

        See, that’s a shame.

        I’d totally read the Trucks & Firearms Blog religiously….

  • Cap’n Mike

    Cool truck
    I like the storage on the bed sides.
    All my stuff ends up piled on the passenger seat and always in the way of the wife and kids and dog.