Rollin’ Coal Is One Way To Put A ‘Vette Driver In His Place

A Chevy Corvette is hardly what we’d call a “green” car, by any stretch of the imagination. Even in base form, it packs a 6.2-liter V8, and some versions add a supercharger to up the output. But this rollin’ coal Ram truck makes the ‘Vette look like a veritable tree hugger by comparison.

This short, 20-second video – captured from inside another vehicle in Tacoma, Washington (if our eyes don’t deceive us) – shows what appears to be a big old Dodge Ram pickup (from before the brand was spun off) trying to merge into traffic in front of a C5-generation Corvette. The ‘Vette driver seems hesitant to let the truck into the lane in front of him, so the Ram driver fills his cockpit with smoke.

It’s a ∂!¢k move, to be sure. But it’s hardly unprecedented. Rolling coal is a trend that emerged in reaction to environmentally friendlier forms of transportation like hybrids and EVs. It involves modifying diesel engines to produce more smog, not less. And Ram trucks have traditionally offered some of the biggest diesels on the market.

The automaker has a longstanding partnership in place with diesel-engine manufacturer Cummins to slot big oil-burning powerplants into its bigger trucks. The latest 1500-series pickups have offered smaller, more “friendly” 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6s furnished by Fiat Chrysler’s VM Motori division in Italy, but the larger heavy-duty trucks have stick with the bigger 6.7-liter Cummins straight-six.

And as low-quality as the footage is, this truck definitely looks heavy-duty to us – sans the particulate filter designed to keep the smog down to a minimum.


  • annon

    “∂!¢k move” indeed, gotta admit, made me laugh too though

  • LeStori

    Ram, Putting the carcinogens back into the USA. American’s demand more cancer now Mr President.

    • Research Janitor

      Obama era Dodge – go back under your bridge troll.

      • paulgdeaton

        Trump-era driver… as big a bully as his hero…so you go back to watching Faux News…

  • Not nice, but funny!

    • Six_Tymes

      my thought also. I hate diesel pollution, and this is ridiculous, yet some how funny.

      • Joff

        Yet you’re all whinging about VW, nut jobs.

  • Liam Paul

    yea this will lead to road rage and the one in that truck should get a ticket.

  • sidewaysspin

    Guy in the truck got lucky a coward was in that vette.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      You have a high opinion of all concerned, don’t you?

  • Jason Miller

    This is what happens to those trucks when the owners try to modify them for more power and don’t do it correctly.

    • Galaxium

      I have friends who have this mod.

      It’s done purposely to make their truck seem more “angry”. The people who do this are just rednecks.

      • Joff

        Dumb more like, also shit for brains

  • Bo Hanan

    A guy died from this about 2 years ago. He was asleep when his buddies did it to him.
    They didn’t even realize he had died until later when they tried to wake him.

    • Six_Tymes

      damn… that is awful

  • Bo Hanan

    You’re a girl.

    • Status

      He’s a troll. He used to be good at it and was really convincing for a time (got me twice before), but he’s not putting his back into it like he used to.

      • Mr. EP9

        True. I personally think people just got better at figuring it out.

      • Beelzaboot teriaksun

        hehe, I gotta admit he did get me once, too. You hear that, @disqus_04hrP6J3Du:disqus? you are an internet-famous wanker

    • Christian

      I’m non binaire, THANK YOU!

  • Galaxium

    Owners who purposely mod their trucks like this need to be fined severely.

    I remember an old Ram truck that was in front of me that let out this much smoke, but my daily with a 4 cyl turbo, still was faster than it.


  • Rolling coal is one of the stupidest thing ever come from car culture and honestly it should be made illegal.

    • paulgdeaton

      It is illegal, but the driver has to be caught in the act.

      • MD

        It’s true. But the penalty doesn’t seem to be strong enough to deter the mod either. If the penalty was confiscation of the vehicle, i bet a lot of guys wouldn’t do it.

  • Dude

    If you roll coal you’re an idiot and I hope your engine dies.

  • Six_Tymes

    I really dislike diesel pollution, and i have never heard of the phrase “Rollin Coal”. in a very over the top stupid way, the phrase “so stupid its funny”. that applies to “rollin coal”

  • Anders Gustav

    it takes a special kind of idiot to do a modification where increased pollution is the goal and not just a byproduct..

  • DantesLegions

    That laughter… x(

  • paulgdeaton

    I don’t thing a guy driving a ragged-out pickup is likely to be a liberal…

  • Bullitt2605

    Do you know why guys with diesel pickups modify them to blow smoke like that? So they can tell when they are accelerating.

  • “Rolling Coal” is in direct violation of the Clean Air Act. Under this statute, states have the opportunity to take action against those that have tampered with their emission reduction technology deployed to meet emissions standards. Several states have already done so with the support of vehicle and engine manufacturers. Enormous investments in emission reduction technologies have been made over the years and manufacturers do not want to see owners disengage or tamper with these technologies. Manufacturers tell “Rolling Coalers” to knock it off and “Roll Clean.”

  • Paul

    It might be illegal and not quite right but it’s still funny as Hell in certain circumstances.

  • MD

    Electric cars are cool. Hybrids are cool. But ICE engines are still cool and I’d like to keep driving old ICE cars for a long time. These “Rollin Coal” morons are not helping those of us who want to keep gas powered vehicles on the road. Being blatantly anti clean air is one of the dumbest positions a person can take.

  • willhaven

    What an ass

  • TheBelltower

    My landscaper had a truck like this. It didn’t spew soot, but it was loud and had one of those big stupid exhaust tips. He got pulled over constantly by cops and had his tailpipe filled with expandable foam insulation two times. Eventually he got the hint that the truck made him look like a total d!ck.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Beautiful! Shame it was a Corvette and not a Tesla.

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