With the SEMA convention coming up next week, all automakers are putting their best creative foot forward with new, innovative designs. Ram is no exception, bringing multiple trucks including this 2014 Ram Sun Chaser.
Starting with a 1500 Quad Cab, Ram built the perfect beach cruiser with a custom Vibrance Orange Blast paint scheme and plenty of extras to make a day at the beach – well, a day at the beach.
Body-color tow hooks peak through the matte-black front bumper whose color extends around the entire truck. Above that is the very bright Orange Blast paint that coats the sport performance vented hood. Sitting on top of the cab is a custom Mopar “surf rack” that works in conjunction with the two rack bars over the truck’s bed. The system is able to accommodate long boards and paddleboards, while extra hooks along the racks’ inside provide storage for four additional surfboards.
After a long day of surfing, personal clean up is a breeze with an onboard shower with a water bladder hidden inside the driver side RamBox. Perhaps the coolest feature found on the Ram Sun Chaser is the flip-up double seats bolted to the tailgate. With the flip of a lever, the molded-plastic seatback raises up to comfortably seat two adults while their legs hang off the tailgate. Two molded upholders provide an extra touch of comfort. We would love to see this upgrade make it the regular Mopar options list.
Inside the Sun Chaser, Katzkin leather seats feature stitching to match the Vibrance Orange Blast paint. The same stitching is found on the dash and door inserts. The Ram’s 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 engine gets a Mopar cat-back exhaust, while the suspension gets a two-inch lift. Custom-built 17-inch beadlock wheels are wrapped in meaty rubber built to keep the Ram powering forward.
Click past the jump for more on the 2014 Ram Sun Chaser concept truck
The arrival of a diesel engine in the luxurious and easy-driving 2014 Ram 1500 pickup is huge news. Until this point, diesel engines for all truck lines have been restricted to just 2500 and 3500 models.
Ford and Chevy continue without a small diesel engine in their light trucks, and are about to feel the hurt from the new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
As much as car buyers traditionally loathe the idea of diesel engines, truck buyers adore it.
Under the chrome Ram hood, the 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel option even delivered a (momentary) 36 mpg via the standard eight-speed automatic during a light cruise on the test route. But that is not even the best part.
The Ram EcoDiesel packs all the benefits of 25-mpg-plus highway efficiency, but none of the typical diesel engine noise or the driving dynamics of an 18-wheeler. This is a machine whose huge torque reserves and lighter front end join forces to make a smooth, quiet and nimble truck. All that comfort on the air springs front and rear has virtually no major tradeoff in the capabilities tallies versus the F-150 or Silverado .
While both of those leading trucks — Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado — are also quite refined in the drivetrain these days, none offer the absolutely S-Class -rivaling smoothness of the Ram 1500 Laramie over bumps.
Un-laden half-ton trucks might have smooth engines, but are still a pitter-patter of suspension clatter in back on good sunny days. On bad snowy or rainy days, that inherent over-sprung feel can become downright treacherous over mid-corner bumps.
Jittery and gas-guzzling pickups are starting to feel mighty obsolete in direct comparison to the swanky new Ram EcoDiesel.
Click past the jump for this exclusive TopSpeed Driven preview of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which is arriving in showrooms across five trim levels starting in December.
With some notable exceptions, like the incredible Ford Atlas Concept , concept pickups don’t usually move the meter of a lot of people.
But one recent concept that really got our attention was the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept . It wasn’t just the fancy yellow color or the fact that it had some fancy slick details on the interior; the concept pickup truck really screamed for attention without going overboard to get it.
So imagine our pleasant surprise when we found out that Ram is considering building a production version of the concept pickup. Speaking to Edmunds, Dave Sowens, head of Ram Truck’s light- and heavy-duty marketing, said that the brand will bring the concept to some dealer shows and talk to dealers in an attempt to gauge the interest of a production version for the Rumble Bee Concept.
If there’s a positive feedback from dealers, the company will seriously consider building a production model, albeit one that could be without the Drone Yellow finish and the amber-encased bee on the concept’s rotary gear knob. While we wouldn’t mind the encased bee to be left out, it’s going to be disappointing if Ram drops the fancy color finish that really gave the concept that sparkling attitude that reminded a lot of people of Bumblebee, the Transformers Autobot.
Power is likely to remain the same so expect a 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 engine that produces 395 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, good enough to potentially hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 120 mph.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept
Ram revealed the all-new Rumble Bee concept truck at 13 mile and Woodward during the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise on August 17th, 2013. The concept was inspired by the Rumble Bee graphics package that was offered for the 2004 and 2005 HEMI-powered Ram 1500 and previews a new competitor for the Ford F-150 Tremor .
Being based on the Ram 1500 R/T, the new Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept features large air intakes on the hood, a low front spoiler and large wheels on the outside.
This awesome yellow truck, as expected, features a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 powerplant that is certain to push this concept to 60 mph in un-truck-like quickness. Unfortunately, the Rumble Bee package is still a concept, so there are no details on its potential release.
Update 8/19/13: This review has been updated with all of the official details on the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee.
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The Ram 1500 pickup has become a popular model in the years that it’s been patrolling roads all over America.
Everybody has thought highly enough of the pickup that a revised model of the current-generation 1500 was just introduced a few weeks ago. Apparently, that popularity has compelled Ram to build a special-edition model called the Ram Black Express.
Looking the part of a completely bad-ass pickup , RAM built the Black Express to accommodate a slew of new features that completely sets it apart from the rest of the 1500 lot. Not that the latter doesn’t boast of many creds, the Black Express just takes it to another level.
One look at the Black Express and you immediately notice that it’s been blacked out to the hilt, complete with a black grille and front fascia, black bumpers, black badges on the front and rear, and to no one’s surprise, black 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Nobody got confused with what to call this special-edition 1500, apparently.
There’s also the addition of a bi-function halogen projector headlamps with LED running lights, a standard feature on this special edition compared to it being an added option on the regular steeds.
No powertrain changes were made so expect to see the same 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 under its hood, good enough to produce 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a towing capacity of 9,250 pounds to go with an estimated 0-to-60 mph time of about 8-something seconds and a top speed of about 135 mph.
The Ram Black Express comes with a base price of $26,955, a little over $1,000 more than the base Express 4X2 regular cab.
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So Chrysler has been aggravating all of us by doing its social media teasing via Facebook. Between the SRT Viper and the Ram 1500 teasing campaigns, we were about teased out. Just as it did with the Viper, Chrysler redeemed itself by finally releasing the actual production 2013 Ram 1500.
This new 2013 Ram 1500 made its debut on April 5th via a live webcast on, you guessed it, FACEBOOK! First and foremost, Chrysler’s focus with the new Ram 1500 was gas mileage, as pickups are falling drastically behind cars in this area, and soon buyers will not be able to fuel these monsters. Luckily, Chrysler has no plans to drastically reduce engine size or mess with the aesthetics of the Ram in order to increase mileage. There are just a few tweaks here and there.
The true test is if this pickup can catch up to its main competitors, the Ford F-150 , Chevrolet Silverado 1500 , and the GM Sierra 1500 . The only way that Ram can hope to catch up to these models is to significantly increase its V-6 output and lower the fuel consumption on the V-8 models.
Update 6/28/2013: Ram has just dropped the official details on the 2014 Ram 1500. This review has been update to reflect changes for the 2014 model year.
Hit the jump to read the full review on the Ram 1500.