One particular Ram owner was tired of waiting for an official Hellcat version of the pickup to be put into production and built what Chrysler didn't
Dreams really can come true, and if your dreams consist of tearing around town in a snarling Hellcat-powered Ram 1500, a dealership in Ontario can make that happen for potential buyers.
Ram owner Tom Stoll was tired of waiting for an official Hellcat version of the pickup to be put into production, so according to Motor Authority, he sought out Kevin Byrnes, who is the master technician at Midland Chrysler in Midland, ON located about two hours north of Toronto.
Byrnes answered the call for a Ram Hellcat, and Road & Track says the supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine in the vehicle - which produces a massive 707-horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque - was bought from a South Carolina dealership for around $45,000.
Although it's mated to a stock 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel transfer case, the dealership had to lift the body to fit the tall engine and supercharger, though it reportedly plans on lowering the suspension once the conversion is complete.
Apparently, the truck pretty much behaves like a stock Ram, besides the obvious massive power upgrade. That said, the owner had numerous Hellcat logos added to the vehicle, and we don't blame him - if you're spending this much money on such a unique vehicle, you want people to know.
Speaking of which, this Ram isn't going to come cheap. According to Midland Chrysler's Digital Marketing Manager, Evann Seary, the conversion so far has cost in the neighbourhood of $90,000, but there are more upgrades and changes to come. That number already is close to double what a 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited, sans options, will cost you.
Seary says there are definitely naysayers on social media who don't believe a Ram Hellcat can be made, but he looks forward to proving them wrong, as does apprentice John Hurst, who also played a large part in making the build happen.
Naysayers aside, there are apparently several Ram owners who have Hellcat envy, because there are rumblings that some other drivers of the pickup truck want in on Midland Chrysler's special build. We'll see how the original one turns out, first. We can't wait to see the finished product and more orders roll in.
Photos courtesy of Midland Chrysler