A concept for toyed with in 1996 through the presentation of a Dodge Ram concept with a V-10 engine from the Viper supercar, the sport truck notion found production for the 2004 model year. Boasting a maximum speed of 150 miles per hour, the 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 received the same engine found under the hood of the Dodge Viper supercar, the 2004 Ram SRT-10 pickup truck with an aluminum 8.3-liter V-10 powerplant generating 500 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque.
Known as the Viper V-10 engine, the power unit found with the Dodge Ram SRT-10 is a radically different engine than the V-10 used in the Ram 2500 and 3500 for the last time in 2003. At the time, the Ram SRT-10 was one of the most powerful Dodge products ever built (10 horsepower shy of the Dodge Viper).
A heavy-duty radiator was placed behind NASCAR-inspired grille baffles in order to facilitate efficient cooling. The engine was paired with a six-speed manual transmission was operated through a specially built Hurst shifter. Offered only with rear-wheel drive, the Ram SRT-10 was tailored for peak performance on tarmac. Acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour could be accomplished in just over five seconds. A lowered stance, Pirelli tires on 22-inch wheels and Bilstein mono-tube shocks gave the Dodge Ram SRT-10 a greater sense of control in cornering.
Along with the SRT badging, a special hood featuring a large center air intake and a rear spoiler complement the looks of the high-performance sport version of the Dodge Ram pickup truck. Only offered in the regular cab body style for the 2004 model year, Dodge expanded the Ram SRT-10 to the Quad Cab in 2005. After more than 9,500 examples were built, the Dodge Ram SRT-10 ceased production after the 2006 model year.