With 2019 Ram 1500s now arriving at dealerships with the 5.7 HEMI with eTorque our forum member SpeedyV headed down to his local dealer to compare an eTorque equipped HEMI to the standard 5.7 HEMI. We appreciate hearing his views on the truck as we haven’t had a chance to get behind the wheel yet and haven’t seen any reviews from any other media outlets. Without further ado, here are his thoughts posted in this thread.
Well, you asked for it…an unofficial side-by-side comparison of the 5.7L HEMI and 5.7L HEMI with eTorque by @SpeedyV!
Up for Comparison:
2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Big Horn / Lone Star edition, 5.7L HEMI, 2WD, 3.21
2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Big Horn / Lone Star edition, 5.7L HEMI eTorque, 2WD, 3.21*
*This truck had not even been PDI’d, as it arrived last night, so I had to wait a bit for them to remove some—but not all—of the plastic wrap. Even the dealer reps haven’t test-driven it yet!
Questions and Answers:
1. How does the off-the-line feel compare between standard and eTorque-equipped trucks?
To be honest, this was a mild disappointment. The 3.21 is a bit ‘lazy’ in both cases, but I think it revved more freely on the eTorque truck. It didn’t provide much of a seat-of-the-pants difference. On the plus side, there was certainly no lag, funny noises, or anything else detrimental to the eTorque driving experience. There was no downside to its operation.
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