Today Mopar released some sketches of several vehicles that have been Moparized for the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada, next month. One of which is the Ram Quicksilver. Now I'm well aware that the Ram Quicksilver is clearly a lowered two-wheel-drive truck. So why should you care? Well, I've also been in this game long enough to know that there is likely more to this seemingly one-off show truck. Sometimes you have to look closer at the details.
Ultimately the current Ram 5.7L Hemi V-8 is getting a little long in the tooth and may have reliably maxed out its output at 390hp. Also, you can bet the farm that Ram isn't too happy about Ford having a more powerful V-8 available in its trucks (the Ford Raptor's 6.2L V-8 belts out 411hp). So what we got here could possibly be a segue into the 392 (6.4L) Hemi becoming available as an option in some 1/2-ton and maybe even 3/4-ton Ram trucks. The 392 Hemi in the Ram Quicksilver is said to punch out 470hp, same as the SRT8 car version (a crate version of this same engine smacks down 525hp). I suspect a production truck model 392 Hemi V-8 would be closer to say 425hp or 430hp with plenty of upward potential...just in case. Despite all the improvements in technology there is no replacement for displacement, as long as cost is still a factor, and you can bet that with the OE manufacturers, it still is.