Upside: The Dodge Ram SRT-10 pickup reputedly is the fastest factory-made pickup truck to come to market. If that means something to you, buy it.
Ride, acceleration and handling: Exceptionally fast. It literally throws you back into the seat when you stomp the accelerator. It's a heavy truck, and despite commendable suspension engineering, you tend to feel all of its 5,000 pounds moving through city traffic at low speeds. Under those conditions, it becomes a motorized albatross. Ride and handling at high speeds are nothing short of thrilling.
Head-turning quotient: It draws attention, both highly favorable and unfavorable. This is a truly polarizing vehicle.
Body style/layout: Front engine/rear-wheel-drive two-door pickup truck built more for racing than for carrying or hauling.
Capacities: Dodge says it seats three people. But it actually seats two comfortably. Designed to match or supersede the comparable Ford SVT F-150 Lightning, which can tow up to 5,000 pounds and carry a 1,350-pound payload. But, in truth, neither the Ford Lightning, nor the Ram SRT-10, nor the also comparable Chevrolet Silverado SS is designed for hauling and towing. These are speed trucks. Period.
Mileage: I barely averaged 13 miles per gallon in city-highway driving. Regular unleaded gasoline is okay.
Engine transmission: The Ram SRT-10's 8.3-liter Viper V-10 develops 500 horsepower at 5,600 revolutions per minute and 525 foot-pounds of torque at 4,200 revolutions per minute. That engine is mated to the same Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission used in the Dodge Viper roadster.
Safety: Anti-lock brakes, dual front air bags and a big intimidation factor. Other drivers stay clear of this monster.
Price: Base price is $45,850. Estimated dealer invoice price is about $41,000. Supposed price as tested is $48,235. But none of this really matters. This is a limited-edition vehicle for which, believe it or not, there is high demand. Some dealers are charging premiums.
Purse-strings note: Total toy. Not meant for traditional pickup duty. Your call.