For the 2019 season the large RAM 1500 Laramie has been given even more attitude. Not something that would have been expected on a vehicle that was already over the top, but obviously the designers thought otherwise.

The Laramie has a new design chromed grille in place of the ‘crosshair’ grille installed when Ram 1500 had its Australian launch last year. Chrome is also a feature on the tailgate, with huge 300 mm badging.

And RAM 1500 Express has received a new reversing camera and trailer brake control.

RAM power comes from a Chrysler’s Hemi 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine. In RAM tune it produces 395 horsepower (291 kilowatts in Australian numbers) and 556 Nm of torque.

Transmission is by an eight speed Torqueflite automatic with a straight through sixth gear and overdrives on seventh and eighth for easygoing touring.

Both models have 4WD and low range, but the Laramie now has a more complex system for drivers who want to get serious off-road.


RAMs are imported to Australia ready to drive – except that the steering wheel and pedals are on the wrong (left) side. They are trucked to a purpose-built facility in Melbourne, where the body is pulled off the chassis and a total RHD conversion is carried out.

“Since its launch last year the 1500 has proven to be the outstanding success for RAM in Australia that we expected, a point proven in February by the Australian production line achieving more than 200 vehicles re-manufactured in a month for the first time,” says Alex Stewart, General Manager of RAM Trucks Australia.


There are now 37 factory-supported and backed RAM dealers across Australia

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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