News ID : 3294
Publish Date : 16 September 2018 - 11:31
A supercharger pushes the Ram's 5.7-liter V8 to 550 horsepower.
Khodrocar - Pickups are an uncommon sight on German roads – at least compared to the United States. Even the ones that are on the street in Deutschland tend to be of the smaller variety, so driving Ram 1500 over there is sure to grab attention. The additional tuning from German Motors & Engineering (or simply GME) on this one to create the Bigfoot Edition gives the truck an even meaner look would probably garner as many eyeballs as rolling down the street in a Ferrari. 

GME starts with a previous-gen Ram 1500 in the mid-range Sport trim and with the four-door Crew Cab body with a six-foot, four-inch (1.93-meter) bed. For a big boost in muscle, the tuner gets approval from the German Technical Control Board (TÜV) to attach Edelbrock's supercharger kit for the pickup's 5.7-liter V8. The blower pushes the output to 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and 530 pound-feet (718 Newton-meters), instead of the stock figures of 395 hp (291 kW) and 410 lb-ft (556 Nm). The setup also includes an air-water-air intercooler. GME claims that if buyers are willing to improve the engine's internals, then additional tuning with the supercharger can take the numbers as high as 900 hp (671 kW).

To accentuate the forced-induction engine's sound, GME installs its own exhaust system. Remote-controlled valves inside the pair of 2.99-inch (76-millimeter) diameter pipes let owners tune the noise to their preference.

Just improving the engine output and its sound isn't enough for GME, and the company's next focus is on the Ram's stance. Compared to the stock truck, the Bigfoot earns its name from a 9.5-inch (24-cm) suspension lift. The components to make this growth spurt possible include height-adjustable, remote-reservoir dampers from Fox, revised subframes, upgraded steering knuckles, and replacements for other suspension components. Underneath the rig, it rides on 20-inch wheels with 37-inch Toyo off-road tires. Wider fender flares cover the broader rubber.

GME also makes some useful tweaks to the Ram's exterior. Automatic running boards extend for an easier job getting into the higher cab. A soft tonneau cover is over the bed for extra protection for what's inside. The firm also fits Xenon headlights to replace the original halogen illumination. Matte black trim covers the grille surround, and dark chrome mesh is in the center.

Source: German Motors & Engineering
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