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I test drove a Hemi Ram (couple of them) and thought that the engine felt OK. It wasn't slow but it didn’t' feel like 345 horsepower especially when compared to mine with 245. The ride was choppy but it handled very well. There was almost no body lean in corners and the steering was very quick. The brakes had a good feel to them and the interior seemed well put together, much better than the previous Dodges had been. I didn't like the excessive wind noise though coming from the weather strip around the windows. That to me was irritating.

I had a Chevy Silverado 4.8 rental for four days and I don't have much good to say about that truck. It was underpowered and cheaply made. The 5.3-liter engines in our work trucks though feel like they have adequate power.

I test drove a Titan and felt that the engine made most of its power under 4500 RPM. I took it on the highway expecting it to accelerate briskly from 45 mph and it accelerated quickly but it wasn't what I was expecting. It feels like the torque curve takes a nose drive after 4500 rpm. The transmission though does a great job of keeping the engine in its power band. The Titan handles very well and rides nicely. The inside of the Titan isn’t as well made as the Ford F-150 or the Tundra but it’s better than the Chevy and maybe the Dodge.

I’ve run a few HEMI Trucks at the track. They seem to really get quick after the engine breaks in. Car and Driver got a new 2WD regular cab HEMI Ram to run 0-60 in 6.8 seconds. My buddy’s larger heavier quad cab 2WD HEMI Ram ran a 14.9 @ 90+ mph at the drag strip with just an exhaust on a cold night. Most of the time he HEMI Ram ran 15.1+ @ 89 mph on warmer nights. I also witnessed a brand new F-150 with the 3v 5.4 run low sixteen’s at that same strip.
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