Battle of the Brands: GMC vs. Dodge Ram
Some people believe that the fierce rivalry between GMC and Ram began with a heated head to head competition on the trails, while others say all it took was a round of boasting while kicking tires. Either way, GMC and Dodge Ram enthusiasts remain fiercely loyal to their favorite brand of trucks to this day. Good-hearted arguments abound about engine specifications, handling characteristics, special trim packages, and the build potential of their beloved trucks. You can dive into these details to choose a side or prepare your own argument for why your big bad truck deserves your loyalty.
Across all five generations of Dodge Rams, gas and diesel engine performance has remained a top priority – and enthusiasts won’t let you forget it. From the iconic 5.7L Hemi V8 to the immensely powerful 8.3L Viper V10, there’s no shortage of amazing engine options for these big lifted trucks.
With their Duramax, Vortec, and EcoTec builds, GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 trucks come equipped with an impressive range of engine options for enthusiasts to enjoy and discuss. Most notably, the incredible 6.6L Duramax diesel V8 that produces nearly 1,000 lb.-ft of torque at just 1600 RPMs in its 2017 iteration. With so many engine configurations across these two brands, loyal enthusiasts have plenty to dispute.
Both GMC and Dodge Ram trucks dominate the roads with their undeniably rugged appearance. Although these trucks share similar design cues, such as a large grille, wide headlights, and an aggressive stance, enthusiasts on either side contend that their favorite trucks easily blow away the competition when it comes to aesthetic value.
The styling of the GMC Sierra closely follows that of the Chevrolet Silverado, while the Ram’s style is more unique to its own brand. As a result, the Ram is the clear winner when it comes to brand recognition, though the low-key styling of the Sierra leaves little to be desired. Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, enthusiasts will always proudly declare their brand as having the most attractive trucks on the road.
Trim Packages and Special Editions
Special trim packages from these brands broaden the divide between enthusiasts on either side of the argument. From the SLT to the Laramie Longhorn Limited, Dodge went hog wild while creating trim packages for their Ram 1500 and 2500 trucks. GMC showed a similar lack of restraint in the creation of trim packages for the Sierra. The manufacturer’s release of special builds, like the GMC Sierra Blackout Edition and Dodge Ram 2500 Harvest Edition, has fueled the fire even more as enthusiasts hash it out online and in person.
In the end, late night discussions about the best truck brand come down to the sheer potential of the platform. These explorations into how well GMC and Dodge Ram pickups can deal with performance, handling, and appearance upgrades reveals the ultimate dream trucks of enthusiasts everywhere.
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Here at Rocky Ridge Trucks, our goal has been to create incredible custom lifted trucks based on your favorite brand platforms like the Dodge Ram 1500, GMC Sierra, and many more. We welcome you to browse our lineup of big bad trucks to find the perfect final form of your favorite trucks. You are also invited to give us a call at 706-623-6230 to learn more about our big lifted trucks.