The Lakota Pickup also featured a high end trim called the XT1
Unlike the base truck, the XT1 featured an extended cab, more comfortable seating and a CD player to boot. It used a 4RE3 transmission bolted to an electronic transfer case. Power came from the same 226 V6 used in the base Montauk. The XT1 also featured the latest DRIVESAFE package which included ABS and traction control.
In 1995 Ventnor unveiled a new model, a successor to the Chieftain, the Prefect:
While not as comfortable or awe-inspiring as the Chieftain, the car could be built in much higher volumes in order to keep up with demand. Power came from a 301 TriForce reconfigured to run smoother and quieter. The car was not only cheaper but also more efficient as well.
While the new Montauk was a hit with the muscle car crowd, another group was looking forward to 1995 when the new Stag pickup was launched.
This new truck made use of the 301 TriForce V8. The base model was available as a 2WD and 4WD truck. A 4RE5 transmission came standard with a 5RM5 as an option.
For heavier duty purposes the Stag Big Chief was available.
The Big Chief made use of the latest 432 big block equipped with a MFI system. A worthy successor to the SD trucks, the Big Chief was a monster when it came to towing. Between the brutal torque from the 432 and the rugged simplicity of the 4RH7 transmission, the truck could haul just about anything. (I don’t know if the devs plan to put duallys in the game, if not that’s why the rear tires are so wide for hauling extra cargo.)
While not the most comfortable way to get around, the Big Chief is capable of seating six people so it is more than capable of bringing the entire work crew to the job site, let alone tools and materials.
With the latest developments in fuel delivery and induction, it was no surprise when the engineers at Petoskey Motors wanted to build a 432 to see how much output they can get out of it with the latest technology. The result is the most powerful over the road version of the 432 to date. This engine was placed in a special half ton Stag which became the RTX, the first vehicle to use the RTX trim since 1971.
It was heavy, it drank gas like a fish, but it could move. In a head to head comparison with past models to bear the RTX badge, the Stag compared favorably among them.
To be continued…