Originally Posted by JackL
This is a bit of a bummer...I really hope there was something wrong with the Ram in this test, because let's face it, the hemi 8-speed got stomped by the Eco to the tune of 8 tenths and 8MPH in the 1/4. I had seen an older CD test which showed the Eco just a little bit faster than the hemi, and mainly because the 0-30 was quicker. I figured that the 8-speed ought to run dead even or maybe a little quicker.
I realize that the 3.21 didn't help off the line. But even with the 3.21 gear, the Ram still had the lowest overall ratio in first...and regardless it does not explain the low mph, even lower than the Chevy. With 8 gears, once it is wound up in first, the ram should be on the power band for the remainder of the 1/4.
I want to see another magazine comparison test before I draw any hard conclusions.
Look at my post a few posts up.
You can see my times with a new 13 Laramie 4x4 with only 525 miles on the odometer and 91 degree heat.
You also see my predictions of times with a bit more break in miles and a bit cooler day.
Well today I decided to see what the 2013 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 with 3.55 gears would do now that I have 1650 miles on the odometer and temps had dropped here to 79 degrees (still a bit warm for ideal times though).
And this time I decided to do keep my foot in it through the 1/4 mile.
Here's what I got:
I did several runs
My best 0-60 was 6.7 seconds
My worst 0-60 was 7.0 seconds again.
My 1/4 mile times were consistently
15.2-15.3 seconds at 88.7-89.6 mph
My 30-50 times were 2.8-3.0 seconds
My 50-70 mph times were 3.8-4.0 seconds
These were done varying the launches.
But really the only way to get the best launch was to put it into 4wd Auto and turn off the traction control.
Power brake it and let it rip.
Trying in 2WD mode just ended in wheel spin or not enough wheel spin, either way, times resulted in being slower.
I gave 5+ minutes of cool down between runs which was a bit of just 50 mph cruising and turning the engine off for a bit.
Again, the times Car and Driver got with the heavier Laramie Longhorn edition and the slower 3.21 gears seems about right. My slightly lighter (by about 100 lbs) Laramie with slightly more aggressive gearing improved on their times by the amount I would of expected.
But in order for this test to of been more fair, the Ram should of been the Laramie and it should of had at the 3.55 gear ratio.
Either way, the times would of been slower than the Ford Ecoboost and would of more matched the lighter Chevy.
The issue with the 1/4 mile is shifting.
The 8 speed auto with the 3.21 gears requires an additional shift than both the Ford and Chevy.
And everyone knows the Ford's Ecoboost is underrated a bit in the HP department (and probably a bit in torque too).
Chevy's truck though rated as the least powerful, is possibly underrated by 5-10 hp too, but it's advantage is that it's several hundred pounds lighter.
I will be getting my 2014 Laramie soon with the 3.92's and once broken in a bit will test it's times.
I'm not really worried about a tenth or two, or a mph or two in 1/4 mile times, that's not what trucks are all about. The Ram rides the best, looks the best, has the best interior, and the Hemi sounds the best too. Those things are more important than a fender or so difference in the 0-60 and 1/2 to 1 truck length difference in the 1/4 mile.
I'm gonna bet the 3.92 ratio Ram will close the distance even more and make it all but trivial anyway....unless of course an Ecoboost truck has the 3.55 or 3.73 axle ratio, which makes them very quick for a truck. But you still have to deal with the wussy sound of the thing when you are driving it normally 99% of the time.