There’s Always Room for a 500-hp Dodge Ram SRT-10 in Our Driveway
Dodge's Viper-powered performance truck sells for $22K—and we want one so badly.
When it comes to factory-built performance trucks, the Dodge Ram SRT-10 is high on the food chain. Big engine, big horsepower, unashamed branding, and unrepentant tire death were par for the course when it came to this pickup with the heart of a sports car. When an SRT-10 recently sold at auction, we couldn't help but reminisce the awesomeness of the Viper-powered onetime sports-car killer with a bed.
This particular 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10, painted in hello-officer Flame Red, sold for $22,400 on Bring a Trailer; originally, its base price would have been around $45,000. This was allegedly one of only 1,040 Flame Red SRT-10s produced in 2004, when the regular-cab body was the only one offered, and came off the factory floor with bolstered SRT seats, power-adjustable aluminum pedals, a floor-mounted Hurst shifter, 22-inch wheels, silver-faced gauges, a hood scoop, a righteous wing, a dash-mounted red start button like the Dodge Viper's, and a trick Infinity sound system. This one added some mild modifications to that formula, including a 1.0-inch front and 2.0-inch rear lowering kit from JTS Venom Performance, custom headlights, dual electric cooing fans, a K&N cold-air intake, and a MagnaFlow exhaust.
Of course, all that stuff is great, but it's what's under the hood that makes this truck truly kick ass. The Ram SRT-10, affectionately known as the Viper truck, is powered by a Viper-sourced aluminum 8.3-liter (505 cid) V-10, and as the icing on the cake, spins a six-speed manual transmission. It was factory-rated for 500 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque, the former number just 10 little horsies shy of the Viper itself. The beefy V-10 truck that sold had only 28,000 miles or so on its odometer, with the seller claiming 10,000 of which were added since 2014. For some reasonâand we can think of a few for a truck like this when high mileage isn't the culpritâthe clutch was just replaced in May 2020 with a South Bend Stage 2 unit. Cheers to a lifetime of burnouts!
Unfortunately, the front end received minor work "when the truck lost control and collided with a tree." When in doubt, blame it on the truck, right? With a license plate of VPR 10, though, we think the owner knew what he was in for.
The sporty Dodge Ram SRT-10, created by Dodge's Performance Vehicle Operations group, was produced at the Saltillo Truck Assembly plant in Mexico as a regular-cab starting in 2004, and the lineup was expanded to include the four-door Quad Cab for 2005 and 2006. The regular cabs received a six-speed Tremec T-56 manual transmission, while the Quad Cabs were fitted with a four-speed 48RE automatic transmission (similar to what's found in the Ram Heavy Duty trucks). The 5,130-pound regular cab was claimed to be capable ofâat least when newâa quarter-mile time of 13.6 seconds at 106 mph, a top speed of 154 mph, and running from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The 5,618-pound Quad Cab, for its part, put down numbers of 13.7 seconds at 100 mph, 147 mph, and 5.3 seconds.
After only three model years and an all-too-brief production run of about 10,000 trucks (3,057 in 2004, 5,113 in 2005, and 1,973 in 2006), the SRT-10 Viper truck, touted as the world's fastest production pickup truck in the Guinness Book of World Records, was no more. Now? We'd definitely make room in our driveway for a Dodge Ram SRT-10. We'll be watching the online sales.