Originally Posted by skytop
The 3.21 rear gears explain nothing to your point. With the 8 speed tranny, first gear (4.69) is actually considerably lower (more torque multiplication) than a 6 speed first gear (3.00) with a 3.92 rear. The 3.21 rear with 8 speed is the hot set up for power and fuel economy ....at least on paper. This truck test shows the Ram not to be very efficient.
So as you can plainly see, the 8 speed auto is far superior to any 6 speed for torque multiplication. So how the Ram Longhorn was so slow is a mystery to me.
Note: It goes without saying, that for maximum power and towing at the EXPENSE of fuel economy, the 3.92 rear with the 8 speed auto produces more absolute power than the 3.21 equipped vehicle.
That was my point. 3.92 with 8 spd would have been much quicker. The others in the test had higher gears also, so I supposed it was a fair comparison. The fully-loaded, and most expensive Laramie Longhorn was also the heaviest pig in this test.
Whatever is "new" will typically win. I can pretty much guarantee the Silverado/Sierra will win MT Truck of the Year. I don't really care what anyone says, I'd still pick a ram over any.