Ram Van is Back!! Introducing The Ram Commercial 2014 ProMaster

Discussion in 'In the News' started by TheStepChild, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    The original Pontiac Tempest had a slightly larger 4-cylinder engine 52 years ago---half of Pontiac's 389 in³ V-8.
  2. I wonder how that drives and how long the front end components last. Still fwd?
  3. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    A 190 inch 3+ liter 4 cyl gasoline engine??
    Wow that was BIG for a modernish-somewhat high-rpm engine.
    No big deal for lower RPMs-just make the stroke long
    But as spark ignition combustion chambers get wider-they burn less well-not enough time to burn to the edges I guess-and probably detonate too maybe
    What was the redline of that 389? 4500 RPMs ?
    Did it have balance shafts??
    Didn't know the Tempest came with a 4 cyl
    I do remember-I think- the Chevy 2 coming with a 4 cyl.

    Pretty sure with diesels- big wide combustion chambers are NO PROBLEM
    Ships have them so big- you could sleep in them.
  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Porsche also sold a 3.0 litre four-cylinder in the , what was it called , 968 ? And I know they licensed Mitsubishi balance-shaft tech for the 944. I'm guessing the Porsche engine wasn't a low-revving , long-stroker.
  5. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Yes, FWD on the ducato chassis.. I would think that front end components would be ok if they are not tasked with too much weight, most of the load should be on the rear wheels. You could always add wheels-with-built-in-motors

  6. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    I don't remember redline of the Tempest 4. Probably somewhere around your guess. The 389 came in numerous hp versions. Besides its engine, the early Tempest was notable for its "speedometer-cable" driveshaft. A family of my relatives had one, which I got to ride once. After losing control of it, they swore off small cars and returned to buying gigantic Oldsmobiles.

    Nobody had balance shafts back then. The ChevyII 4 was smaller---maybe 2/3 of Chevy's 230 or 250 in³ I6.
  7. Most car washes are 7 ft around here. Geez I gave The Agent a car wash card with $27 left on it when I traded in the xB because they had 6'2" clearance. In 5 years I bet there will be some nasty looking ProMasters.

    Please fix this Ram, and get me involved in your next van design discussions.
  8. Maybe there's hope after all.

    Just saw some more pics from CAS. Looks like the cutaway/cab chassis model has a lower roof height. Looks under 7 ft
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Pricing is out...

    Chrysler this morning released pricing for the all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster Cutaway, Chassis Cab and Cargo Van models at $26,030, $26,530 and $28,630, respectively. D&H is $995.

  10. Right in the ball park with GM depending on options. Building an Express 2500 the way I wanted it got me to mid $28,000 range
  11. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    I used to think a used Sprinter TD would be a good road trip-sleep in it-vehicle.
    But pricy even used-and I'm not a fan of TD from a repair cost point of view.
    But this ram-with the 25mpg (hy) 3.6 +8 speeds- or some rough equivalent-
    used in 5-6 years of course-could be pretty good choice.
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  13. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    re: vote - done. :)
  14. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    you can vote more than once :)
  15. once per day per ip address :D

    and Thanks!
  16. Voting for the first selection period closed. They will announce the top 25 on May 6th.:woot:
  17. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Sorry I didn't vote multiple times. That would be too "reality show" for me.

    Good luck,
  18. I'd be shocked if I even make the top 25 but I'm having fun until then
  19. The pictures don't do this thing justice. I saw one getting on I 94 at the exit for Chrysler proving grounds in Chelsea,Mi today. Blue/blue-grey color. It looked gooooooooood.
  20. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member


    Maybe in 5-6 years I'll get a used one and outfit it as a sleep in van road trip vehicle.
    Maybe it would get an honest 25 mph hy-
    not sure how it compares to the EPA 25 MPG HY pickup??
    Guessing it has more frontal area-and maybe a higher CD??
    In any case Dodge vans -used- sell pretty cheap

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