It has a freaking Viper engine under the hood.
During a brief moment when Dodge completely lost hold of its senses in the mid-2000s, the American automaker thought it would be a wise decision to stick the V10 engine from the Viper into one of its Ram pickup trucks. The result of this wacky marriage was the Dodge Ram SRT-10, which was offered from 2004 to 2006. Most hardcore pickup trucks built today are off-road oriented but back in the 2000s, street trucks like the SRT-10 ruled the road. A new, well-optioned F-150 Raptor will set you back around $70,000 but you can now buy a used Ram SRT-10 for a fraction of that.
Duh, it's a pickup truck with a Viper V10. Do you need any more reason than that? The Ram SRT-10 was ultra cool back in the 2000s and with trucks moving towards turbocharged engines and off-road performance variants, we may never see another truck like this again. The SRT-10 checks all of the enthusiast boxes - a powerful engine, manual transmission option, upgraded brakes and suspension, and bold styling - all while offering the innate practicality of a pickup truck.
When it was new, the Ram SRT-10 retailed for around $50,000. Today, you can find an extremely low mileage example (less than 30,000 miles) for around $30,000. We found a nice mix of automatic and manual models in both regular cab and quad cab body styles. If you are willing to take one with higher mileage (over 100,000 miles), you can find an assortment for around $15,000 to $20,000. These trucks have held their value pretty well, likely because the Viper engine will always have value.
The heart of the SRT-10 is an 8.3-liter V10 engine from the Dodge Viper. It produces 500 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 525 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. Power is routed to the rear wheels only through either a four-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The lighter regular cab model can thrust its 5,130-pound girth up to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 154 mph. If you opt for the heavier quad cab model at 5,618 pounds, 0-60 takes 5.3 seconds and the top speed is capped at 147 mph.
Through the quarter-mile, the regular cab takes 13.6 seconds at 106 mph while the quad cab takes 13.7 seconds at 100 mph. Dodge also improved the steering rack and suspension to handle the brunt of the Viper motor. Bilstein shock absorbers, performance-tuned springs, and unique aerodynamic pieces aided in high-speed maneuvers and a fifth shock was added on the rear axle to prevent wheel hop during hard launches. The brakes were taken from the heavier Ram Heavy Duty truck to help bring the SRT-10 to a halt.
The SRT-10 was one of the nicest Ram trucks you could buy in the mid-2000s, but this is still a mid-2000s Chrysler we are talking about here. If you like to have a luxurious interior, you best ignore the Ram SRT-10. There were some available options including an Infinity audio system, navigation, Bluetooth, and satellite radio but the SRT-10's interior is mostly a plastic-filled mess. Dodge took some inspiration from the Viper including a red starter button, suede racing seats, Viper gauges, and a Hurst shift level with a Viper shift knob, which helped the SRT-10 stand out above normal Ram models.
All Ram SRT-10 models came with a six foot, three-inch bed, so it was fairly practical. But since it wasn't available with four-wheel-drive, it won't be able to handle off-road duties. The only other major downside of the SRT-10 is its abysmal fuel economy. According to EPA ratings, the SRT-10 regular cab will only get nine mpg in the city and 15 on the highway while the quad cab fares even worse with just 12 mpg on the highway.
The Ram SRT-10 is clearly not for everyone, which is why trucks like this don't exist anymore. A new Raptor may be faster and more capable but for a fraction of the cost, the SRT-10 packs even more power, a more unique engine, and even a manual option. It is truly one of the coolest trucks money can buy.