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Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana, is something like heaven on earth for off-road aficionados. It’s an incredible facility that spans 800-plus acres and encompasses a broader variety of off-road terrain than you’d ever expect to find in the Midwest. There are sand dunes, forested areas, streams for fording, several types of gravel (part of the park was previously a quarry), loose rocks and solid-rock trails, and lots of good ol’ dirt and mud. There are trails that are easy enough for children, trails that will challenge the most-experienced off-roader, and trails at most every level in between those extremes.
It wasn’t so much a matter of “if” as a matter of “when” … and “who.”
Over the past couple of decades, those following heavy-duty pickups have been treated to a race similar to that enjoyed by car enthusiasts for years. This one, however, wasn’t about horsepower; it was about torque. And though all the top contenders kept leap-frogging each other toward that magic 1000 lb-ft finish line, it was Ram that got there first.
We’re not going to bury the lede on this one: the updated 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks now boast an available 1000 lb-ft of torque. This translates to what Ram claims is “the most powerful, most capable truck in the segment.”
That claim comes by way of a redesigned Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine and brings with it a host of impressive numbers. Most impressive is a towing capacity of up to 35,100 pounds and payload of 7680 pounds when properly equipped.
2019 Ram 1500 Rebel Quad Cab 4X4
Class: Large Pickup Truck
Miles driven: 218
Fuel used: 15.9 gallons
In a quest for better fuel economy in traditionally thirsty trucks, Ram takes a page from the automotive playbook and banks on … a hybrid.
Well, a mild hybrid, actually, and while unique in today’s marketplace, it’s not the first.