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Despite getting an impressive boost in power from 345 hp to 380 hp and from 375 ft-lbs. of torque to 404 ft-lbs., the engineers at Dodge have found a way to increase the fuel efficiency of the full-size Ram pickup a welcome twenty percent. What magic secrets were required to achieve this efficiency improvement? A weight decrease and more favorable aerodynamics are said to play a large role in the achievement. In fact, the engine itself is only directly responsible for five percent of the twenty percent gain.

The 2008 edition of the Ram pickup was EPA rated at 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway when equipped with the last-generation 5.7 liter Hemi V8. For '09, expect the highway mileage to shoot up to 23 miles per gallon, which should be very competitive when judged against its peers, which struggle to break 20 miles per gallon based on last year's ratings. Still, the Ram will have a tough time in the full-size segment as it competes against a brand-new F-150 as well, which we also suspect will post improved fuel economy.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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