This may be the only time we write “Ram” and “Aston Martin” in the same story, but here it goes. It turns out the Dodge Ram SRT10—in the days before Ram as a standalone brand—and the Aston Martin DB7 share an essential component with one another.
Both the high-performance pickup truck and the luxurious grand tourer share an identical gearbox: a Tremec T56 gearbox, as discovered by Road and Track. It’s the company’s six-speed, rear-wheel drive manual gearbox that has been a proven choice over the years, but the fact Aston Martin tapped the gearbox is intriguing.
That means for every row of a gear, the Aston Martin DB7 channels the Dodge Ram SRT10 and a host of other vehicles such as the C5 and C6 Corvette and the fourth-generation Camaro and Firebird. Hardly cars on Aston Martin’s level.
As the report points out, the Tremec T56 gearbox was originally developed for the 1992 Dodge Viper, which means it married to the Dodge Ram SRT10 with ease. At the time of the Aston Martin DB7’s production, the brand was owned by Ford, which also used the gearbox in the 2000 Mustang Cobra R. Coincidental? On purpose? Who knows, but it is neat.