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The new 2018 RAM 2500 in Bismarck: Performance + Handling

Posted at Mon, Oct 29, 2018 12:30 PM


The new 2018 RAM 2500 continues to be the work truck of choice for professionals throughout North Dakota. So far, we've covered the Design + Styling features that set this year apart from other model years.

This time, we're taking a close look at the 2018 RAM 2500's drivetrain which gives it unparalleled performance and handling.

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Engine Options | New RAM 2500 in Bismarck

The new 2018 RAM 2500 comes with three unique engine options. 

6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6: Combine world-class capability with outstanding performance and you’ve got the available Proven and Legendary 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 engine. Our customers here in North Dakota choose this option because it has best-in-class and class-exclusive features and capabilities.

  • 17,980-pound maximum towing capability
  • Best-in-Class 15,000-mile oil change interval
  • Class-Exclusive smart diesel exhaust brake
  • 800 lb.-ft. of max torque
  • 3,160 max payload
  • 370 max horsepower

The 6.7L Cummins engine turns your RAM 2500 into a dependable powerhouse. This year's RAM 2500 has a unique frame. It's made from high-strength steel, which means that this RAM is more durable. So matter what you throw its way, it's ready.

The available Proven and Legendary 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 engine incorporates Class-Exclusive smart diesel exhaust engine braking technology to help control the descent of the RAM 2500 on a downward slope. Working much like Speed Control, the engine brake uses a variable nozzle on the diesel’s turbo to maintain smooth, less aggressive braking while helping to provide vehicle stability and reduced wear on the disc brakes. Especially handy when hauling heavy loads here in Western North Dakota.

6.4L HEMI® V8:
 The available Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine offers RAM 2500 series pickups the legendary power you’ve come to expect from both names here in Bismarck. Two spark plugs per cylinder increase peak power and torque, reducing exhaust emissions.

  • 429 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 3,990 max payload
  • Best-in-Class 16,320-pound towing capability
  • Best-in-Class (gas) 410 max horsepower 

The 6.4L HEMI V8 continues to be a popular option for our RAM owners here in Western North Dakota, and when you see one in action, it's easy to see why. 

5.7L HEMI V8 (STANDARD): Standard on the RAM 2500, the 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) gives the driver an efficient engine option without sacrificing performance.

  • 400 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 3,060 lb. max payload
  • 13,890 lb. max towing capacity
  • 383 max horsepower

The variable valve timing feature provides optimal torque over a large RPM range. Speaking of range, the 5.7L HEMI also has a 10,000-mile oil change interval to help keep cost of ownership in check. Plus, aluminum cylinder heads combine with hemispherical combustion chambers for outstanding airflow, leading to indispensable power and torque. 


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TRANSMISSIONS | RAM 2500 trucks for sale in Bismarck

As North Dakota's truck drivers know, an engine is only as good as its transmission. That's why RAM offers two excellent options on the new 2018 RAM 2500 here at Eide Chrysler. 


The available six-speed automatic transmission is a sophisticated, multi-range, electronically controlled transmission that combines optimized gear ratios for responsive performance and state-of-the-art efficiency.

This transmission is standard with the Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine and the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine. It is available with the Proven and Legendary 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 Engine.

MANUAL (available only with the 6.7L Cummins Diesel)

Modified for increased torque load of the base-output diesel engine, the Class-Exclusive available six-speed manual transmission also carries a wear-compensating clutch for like-new clutch pedal performance throughout the life of the drivetrain.

This manual transmission is only available with the Proven and Legendary 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 engine.


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Suspension Technology | Trucks for Sale in North Dakota

These new 2018 RAM 2500 trucks haul some serious loads. With a maximum payload of up to 3,990 pounds with the gas engine, RAM 2500 lets you carry almost anything you might need. And all this hauling happens on a seriously capable suspension. 

  • Five-Link Coil Rear Suspension: Utilizing proprietary spring technology, the standard five-link coil rear suspension helps reduce overall friction in the system without sacrificing heavy-duty towing capability. The result? Improved turning ability and an enhanced ride that gives the driver confidence on every driving surface.
  • Three-Link Front Suspension: With a wider fRAMe and significantly larger stabilizer bar, the three-link front suspension utilizes more outward positioned springs and stronger shocks to help give the driver a cushioned ride, especially when hauling a heavy payload.
  • Available Rear Auto-Level Air Suspension: The available Class-Exclusive Rear Auto-Level Air Suspension ensures level loads no matter the cargo or terrain. With the push of a button, the driver can select from two smart ride height selections, Normal and Alternate Ride Height, for better alignment with a trailer with automatic electronic adjustments to maintain a level load. And within the fRAMe-mounted compressor, tank and lines, it's all done in relative silence.

With suspension features like these, it's easy to see why so many North Dakotans choose the RAM 2500 here at Eide Chrysler

TRY it for yourself

With the engines, transmissions, and suspension features you want, this year's RAM 2500 is ready to hit the road and get some real work done. Are you?  

Come in for a test drive and see for yourself why this year's 2500 is a powerful choice. 



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