The Mr. Norm's Dodge Ram Super Truck takes the best elements of the original Dodge muscle cars and integrates them with today's state-of-the-art automotive technology. This truck is the prototype for a limited production run of 100 serial-numbered Rams being built by a licensed Chrysler converter at the direction of Mr. Norm. You can order one of these bad boys in any color in the Dodge palette, even the orange you see here. Everything on the prototype can be ordered la carte, so if you don't want something you don't have to buy it. Also, because this vehicle is being sold by Dodge dealers, you can finance your purchase. Each one will be numbered and signed by Mr. Norm and includes a free one-year membership in the Mr. Norm's Sport Club.
This truck design came about after a lengthy bench-racing session between Larry Weiner of Performance West Group and Norm Kraus. Larry and Norm have been friends for many years and both figured enthusiasts would appreciate an affordable sport truck that would fill the hole left in the super truck category when Dodge dropped the SRT10 line-and at a lower price point. A fresh-off-the-assembly-line standard-cab Ram with the 5.7 Hemi and five-speed auto transmission was the starting point for the prototype (although you can order a 2WD or 4x4 in either a regular cab or Quad Cab).
If the Hemi's stock 345hp isn't enough for you, you can add an air-to-water intercooled supercharger kit like Mr. Norm did to his prototype. You can also get a performance cat-back exhaust system to put some more growl at the tailpipe and more ponies in the motor. The prototype truck pumped out over 500 pavement-punishing horsepower after all the modifications, and it's ready to unleash with one mash of the go pedal.
To be considered a new-era muscle machine, the truck would have to perform just as well in the corners as it would in a straight line. To accomplish that, the suspension was dropped a few inches all around and the wheel-and-tire package was upgraded. Rolling stock consists of lightweight 22-inch alloy wheels matched with low-profile, ultrahigh-performance speed-rated tires. The finishing touch on the chassis is a 14-inch brake kit to keep this bulked-up truck under control.
Hemi Orange Pearl, accented with a modern interpretation of the original black C-stripe, was the choice of Mr. Norm, but you can get yours in any color Dodge offers. Additional exterior upgrades include an SRT10 hood and front fascia, hood pins, a billet fuel door, a rear roll pan, and tinted glass. Inside the Ram, the cockpit features a custom leather interior with colorful Mr. Norm's embroidered logos, highlighted by satin-nickel accent trim along with custom carpet mats. Heck, even the bed is upholstered. The final thing you'll find in the prototype is a full custom audio system that does its best to scream as loudly as the blown Hemi.
Whether you're an old-school guy who remembers the badass rides Mr. Norm built back in the day or are fresh from driver's training, this truck is a handful. Bright paint, low suspension, a rockin' audio system, and 500 hp on tap-what more could you ask for?
Owner/hometown: Norm Kraus / Chicago, Illinois
Year/make/model: '07 Dodge Ram
5.7L Hemi / five-speed automatic 545FE / 3.92 posi rear axle / chrome 2.6L Big Bore Twin Screw Supercharger, intercooler, ram-air system, and Optimizer II computer upgrade by Kenne Bell / Corsa stainless steel cat-back exhaust
BY: Kenne Bell / Corsa
Front & Rear: 22x10 one-off two-piece billet wheels custom-cut by Rodtana
Front & Rear: 305/40ZR22 Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico
Front: Hotchkis Performance 2-1/4-inch drop springs / 1-1/2-inch hollow sway bar / specifically valved Bilstein shocks
Rear: Hotchkis Performance 4-inch drop springs / 1-inch hollow sway bar / specifically valved Bilstein shocks
Accessories: SSBC Force 10 Tri-Power disc-brake calipers with 14-inch cross-drilled, slotted, and ventilated rotors / Oasis aluminum ram's head differential cover
By: Hotchkis Performance / SSBC
B-Cool Billets Diamond Wire grille insert / Gaylord's fiberglass tonneau cover / Sir Michaels roll pan / 3M window tint / Solid by Design billet fuel door / Classic Design Concepts hood pins / Viper Ram hood and front fascia
By: Mike Face Custom Paint
Sherwin-Williams Screamin' Hemi Orange / C-stripe with Mr. Norm's Super Truck logo
By: Mike Face Custom Paint / Lil' Louie
Custom dual-tone leather interior / Woodview Products satin-nickel interior trim / logo floor mats
By: Katzkin / Designer Mat
Sony Xplod XAV-W1 audio/video motor-drive head unit / four Xplod XS-HF167 6.5-inch speakers / Xplod XM-2002GTR 400-watt dual-channel amp / Xplod XM-GTR6001 1,300-watt mono-channel amp / Xplod XS-L12S 12-inch subwoofer / Quiet Ride Solutions insulation and sound-deadening material
By: Syndicate Automotive Concepts
Mr. Norm's Sport Club
Pat at Show Your Auto