By Patrick Rall
When the silver 2006 Dodge Ram Quad Cab powered by the 5.7L Hemi V8 pulls into frame in the video below, it doesn’t look like it is going to be “truckin fast”. However, as soon as this silver Ram gets into the burnout box – it becomes clear that this is not an average Hemi quad cab. If not for the description telling us in advance what this half ton Ram runs in the quarter mile, I might guess that this healthy sounding pickup might crack into the 13 second range while struggling to beat the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS in the near lane. I would be very wrong.
As soon as the race begins and the 2006 Ram Quad Cab launches out to a huge lead (albeit due in part to a short red light), it is evident that this is way more than just a rear drive Ram with loud exhaust. Even with the slight advantage from the red light start, the 5,500 pound pickup rapidly pulls away from the 400+ horsepower Camaro SS – roaring down the quarter mile in just 12.02 seconds with a trap speed of 111.97 miles per hour. That is a brief tailwind away from this full sized pickup running in the 11 second range and trapping better than 112 miles per hour. That’s truckin’ fast.
For those of you wondering what has been done to this 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab to tickle the 11s, the major modifications are listed in the comments. They include features like a sidewinder camshaft, built cylinder heads, long tube headers, 4.56 gears, a 2600 rpm torque converter, a superchips tune and a 100 shot nitrous system.