Review: 2022 Ram 1500 Sport Night G/T

A sting on the ignition button and the HEMI coughed to life before pulsing into a familiar V8 background noise, the engine and exhaust undertones mingling and resonating melodically as I adjusted the seat and steering wheel and checked the gauges and mirrors.

And then it was time to wake the beast. The wheels started to roll as we walked forward in anticipation. A quick bite of the go pedal, just enough to irritate the engine, and the big engine groaned on with a herd-scattering, Jurassic roar as we spit out the driveway and hit the road.

“Man, I’d like to take this thing to the track,” I muttered to myself, not exactly a normal thought when picking up a pickup.

But this is the new G/T version of the 2022 Ram and while no truck outside of NASCAR would really feel nimble at home on a speedway, oh, just to hear that exhaust and engine duet reverberate off the pit wall as it hits full throttle. revs immediately go down in this G/T. . .

Actually, to be more precise, my tester’s name was officially listed as a 2022 Ram 1500 Sport Night G/T Crew Cab 4X4. With a full range of Ram models, varied seat configurations, engines, drive systems and bucket sizes to choose from, we’ll start with a Crew Cab truck in the exclusive Canadian Sport trim ($63,995), about three rungs higher than an eight-step Ram trim level ladder that starts at about $47K and tops out at over $102K with all the bells and whistles.

Not that this tester missed much.

A long list of standard equipment on this Sport model was supplemented by an even longer list of add-ons, with virtually all option boxes ticked off.

It starts with a Night Edition package ($1,495) that obscures the grille, badging and the large 22-inch wheels. The G/T package ($3,495) that really gives this pickup its identity includes a 3.92 rear axle ratio, MOPAR Cold Air Intake system, passive cold-end exhaust and also adds attitude with a sporty performance hood and G/T decal on the rear fender. That theme continues inside with Performance Pages, G/T stitching on heated/ventilated power leather/vinyl front bucket seats with under-seat lighting and MOPAR floor mats. A heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with all the expected buttons and paddle shifters sits above the clear, adjustable MOPAR pedals.

And the hits just keep coming.

The Technology Group ($1,595) comes with a digital mirror and HUD, while a Comfort & Convenience Group ($1,095) adds keyless entry, a heated second row, wireless cell phone charging pad and additional USBs.

There are additions that really should be included as standard – Blind Spot & Cross Path Detection ($500) and a Bed Utility Group ($500) with adjustable tension straps and box lighting.

But the options list includes other functional add-ons – an anti-spin differential rear axle ($595), Trailer Tow Group ($1,495), Power footboards ($1,195), and the combined efforts of the Multifunction Tailgate ($1,095), Tri fold tonneau cover ($650) and Ramboxes ($1,295) for cargo accessibility, security, and storage versatility.

Wow! That’s not even the full list of features, but two of the key components of this G/T tester are the 5.7-litre HEMI VVT V8 engine and the Four-Corner Air Suspension system. This modern V8 interpretation includes FuelSaver MDS that shuts down cylinders under light load for better fuel economy and an eTorque 48-volt mild hybrid system that can add up to 130 lb-ft of short-term starting torque to the drivetrain, while adding regenerative braking and idling . -stop technology. This powerful performer has 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque and has a towing capacity of 5,089 kg (11,220 lb) in this configuration.

The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 delivers power via an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-speed drivetrain with a choice of 2WD, 4WD Auto, 4WD High and 4WD Low.

Fuel consumption is stated at 13.4L/10.5L/100km (city/highway). Well, maybe on another planet, but my best efforts, including long highway rides, diligently driving at the actual 100 km/h speed limit, averaged only 15.1 l/100 km (comb). If you have to swallow those numbers a bit, an average of 89 octane is recommended, but it’s no problem to just use 87 octane gas.

The optional Four-Corner Air Suspension System cycles automatically (or manually, if you prefer) through five airlift positions to adjust ride height, load leveling and firmness. And it benefits the Ram with the kind of smooth ride and handling you’d expect in a premium SUV.

Inside, the Ram G/T features sophisticated accommodations. The stitched dashboard, doors and console are combined with piano black, soft textures, brushed metal accents and shiny pieces for an elegantly comfortable environment. The tablet-style 12-inch touchscreen is still new enough to let you do a double-take and the Uconnect 5 system and instrumentation work seamlessly enough (although I still prefer redundant steering wheel/seat heater buttons rather than hunting and peck on the digital screen).

There’s plenty of room in the cab, enough headroom for your Stetson without a sunroof break-in (one of the few unchecked boxes on this option list). And the second row seats three real adults on a wide sofa, with leg-overhang room even with the first row pushed all the way back. A slew of rear amenities include vents, USB ports and a 115V 400W outlet on the rear of the console, a fold-down center armrest and an under-seat storage compartment.

I could go on and on about detailing more standard features and add-ons, but how can I sum up the sum of this Ram’s many features?

Well, there are many varieties of Ram available, from entry-level models to diesel workhorses to the new ultra-powerful TRX powered by an amazing 702 horsepower Supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine (and starting at an equally astonishing $102,595).

For considerably less you can choose from the model selections and option boxes and come up with your own mix that offers 4X4 capability, true comfort and accommodation for five passengers, plenty of technology and amenities, a hefty tow rate and highly usable payload capabilities. And maybe even boost performance to a still impressive level with the 5.7-litre HEMI and G/T package. Customers just have to decide for themselves.

What price for all that noise and fury?

2022 Ram 1500 Sport Night G/T Crew Cab 4X4

BODY STYLE: Pickup (two rows, five passengers)

DRIVE METHOD: 8-speed automatic, 2WD, 4WDAuto, 4High, 4Low

ENGINE: 5.7-liter HEMI VVT V8 with FuelSaver MDS and eTorque (395 hp, 410 lb-ft of torque)

FUEL CONSUMPTION: 13.4L/10.5L/100km (city/highway). As tested 15.1L/100km (comb).

CARGO VOLUME: 5-foot, 7-inch bucket 1,500 liters

TOW RATING: As tested 5,089 kg (11,220 lb)

PRICE: Ram Sport MSRP $63,995. As tested $89,870 incl. destination ($2,095)

WEBSITE: ramtruck.ca

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