This is an 8.3 liter V10 engine from a Dodge Ram SRT-10, a high-performance pickup truck developed by the American automaker back in the early 2000s with a team made up of Dodge Viper and Plymouth Prowler engineers.
When it was released in 1991 the Viper was one of the most outlandish cars money could buy, with unmistakable styling and a 400+ bhp V10 that made a noise unlike anything else on the road.
Above Video: This is the original MotorWeek review of the Dodge Ram SRT-10.
This V10 was never originally intended to be used in a pickup truck and the suggestion of it would likely have raised some eyebrows at Dodge, however at the 1996 Chicago Auto Show the company shocked the automotive world by showcasing a concept Dodge Ram with a Viper V10 under the hood.
This concept Dodge Ram VTS received a lot of attention but it never made it into production – what it did do was show that there was demand for an expensive, high-performance V10 truck. Development of a production version began in earnest in the early 2000s and the final vehicle was put on sale in 2004 as the Ram SRT-10.
The truck was absurdly quick by the standards of its peers at the time, it the single cab version was capable of 154 mph and it could do the 0-62 mph dash in just 4.9 seconds – all of this was despite its weight of 5,130 lbs (2,327 kgs).
The version of the Viper V10 engine used in the Ram SRT-10 produces 90% of its 525 lb ft of torque between 1,500 rpm and 5,600 rpm, and it makes 500 bhp at 5,600 rpm. It has a cast aluminum alloy block (with cast iron liners), alloy heads, cross-bolted main caps, and two pushrod actuated valves per cylinder.
The example of the engine you see here was removed from a 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 with 56,764 miles on the odometer. It’s being offered with its original 6-speed Tremec T-56 manual transmission and the wiring package to get it all working.
It’d being offered on eBay out of Granite City, Illinois with a Buy It Now price of $13,500 USD. If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can visit the listing here.
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