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23 hours ago, Ignition1 said:


Would love see a photo of your RAM next to your R to compare size. I've seen a few imported pick-ups around in the UK and it makes our road widths look tiny. 


I always assumed - wrongly - that a diesel in any pick-up in the US would have huge displacements, but a 3 litre V6 turbo is similar to here. The VW Amarok pick-up in the UK has a 3.0 V6 diesel, and it's quick.


Mil, you're thinking of 3/4 ton+ pickups with diesel engines in the 6.0-7.0 liter range.  They look similar to half-tons but are built for heavier service and, when lavishly equipped, cost a small fortune ($80K and up is no longer unusual and a few are topping $100K).  Power ratings are also ascending, approaching 500hp and 1000 ft lbs of torque.  Meanwhile, gas engines in pickups of weight range half-ton or greater tend to be V8s in the 5.0 to 6.5 liter range, although smaller base four and six cylinder engines are offered.  Ford recently introduced a 7.3 liter V8 for its higher weight ranges and pushes highly tuned 2.7 and 3.5 V6s in the half-tons.  None of these matches diesel fuel economy or towing prowess.   Let me work on getting you a side-by-side image of the RAM and R.

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On 15/09/2021 at 00:48, Ignition1 said:

. If VW went all out - twin turbo, bore out to 2.5 litres, AWD, 5 cylinders etc. They could get it to 300hp and an insane amount of torque. I'd be tempted personally.

VW did make a 5cyl 2.5L PD TDI engine (I had one in my LWB T5 Transporter van).  But it didn't have anything like 300hp.  IIRC mine was the most powerful variant at 174hp and 400Nm of torque, and it moved along the open road quite well for a big van.  I imagine it might be a bit scary with 300hp to play with (handling wasn't it's strong point, lots of load space was).

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23 hours ago, Ignition1 said:


I don't think there is any way of improving MPG from that, other than keeping it turned off 😂

That 7.3 liter gas V-8 I referred to is for Ford pickups with 3/4 ton capacity or greater.  They are not optimized for mileage and would struggle to reach 12mpg - those are "small" US gallons.  Expect barely half that when towing a trailer.  Heavy-weight pickup customers more often bite the financial bullet and go the diesel route for stamina, longevity and somewhat better mileage. 

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