Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept Bows at Woodward Dream Cruise
First, we had the Ford F-150 Tremor and now, we have the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept. The latest Ram Truck concept made its official debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise and pays homage to both the Rumble Bee from a decade ago as well as the Super Bee muscle cars from the late 1960's. “The Ram 1500 Rumble Bee continues to have a strong fan base and what better place to celebrate its 10-year anniversary than Woodward Dream Cruise,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “There’s a lot of energy surrounding concept trucks and buzz models, and the Ram Design Team revels in creating something that is unique for our customers to enjoy.” Bigland, while obviously speaking about the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept, perhaps unintentionally touched on the mini-resurgence of sport trucks in the full-size pickup market as of late. As mentioned above, Ford released the F-150 Tremor, which will be pacing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, and the timing of Ram's beefed up truck offering is curious, to say the least. However, Ram could counter with saying it already offers a sport truck in the form of the Ram 1500 R/T. Coincidentally enough, though, is that the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept is based off of the R/T trim, but adds a few other features and styling cues. Some of these styling cues found on the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept include Vellano VRH custom wheels, which were dipped in a gloss black paint and wrapped in 24-inch tires. Mopar supplied a tonneau cover while King Suspension tuned the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee's suspension to sharpen handling and appearance. If you look at each wheel well, you'll see that the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept features a reservoir shock. A "Drone Yellow" exterior paint covers the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept and includes a matte finish. Like other Super Bee and Rumble Bee vehicles, a Speed Bee is prominently featured on the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept and splits the gloss black paint stripe with a honeycomb design. Underneath the hood is a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine, rated at 395 and 407 pound-feet of torque, and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Pop the hood and you'll see a custom gloss yellow and black engine cover with a honeycomb design. Mopar tossed in a cold-air intake system to give the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept a boost in power. A 4:10 gear ratio has been set as well, just like Ford's F-150 Tremor, making the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee more centered on performance than anything else. The last notable addition from Mopar is a cat-back dual exhaust system which includes two buttons below the shifter knob that bypasses the system to give the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee a throaty exhaust note. Automotive.com's take: While the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept is neat on its own, SRT needs to unleash the beast and drop the Viper's 8.4-liter V-10 in and call it a day. If Ram really wants to take control of the sport truck segment again, launch another Ram SRT with the Viper's 8.4-liter V-10. Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, and every other rival will be running for cover.
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