ROME, Ga. (March 17, 2003)—It's being described as the boldest, baddest and fastest full-size pickup around, and it will roll on Pirelli Scorpion Zeros, the first sport-utility tires made in Pirelli Tire North America Inc.'s new Rome plant.
Pirelli said it has snagged the original equipment fitment for the new Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT-10, which boasts the automotive industry's largest engine in a factory pickup truck — an 8.3 liter V-10 that churns out 500 horsepower. The truck will be shod with 305/40R22 114W XL high-performance Pirelli Scorpion Zeros, which the tire maker said are some of the largest tires it builds.
The Scorpion Zeros will be the first SUV tires produced by Pirelli's new factory near Atlanta using its automated MIRS (Modular Integrated Robotized System) technology.
The truck can accelerate to 60 mph in about 5.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 150 mph. Dodge has mated the SRT-10's engine with a Viper six-speed manual transmission that connects to a modified differential and new driveshaft. Handling is enhanced by the addition of performance-tuned springs and shocks, a rear sway bar and an inch-lower ride height, according to Rome-Based Pirelli.