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.
Click past the jump to read about the standard Ram 1500
Boosted by its strong popularity, the Ram 1500 has become quite the American institution. It’s impressive credentials are evident in the high demand for this pickup.
While the 2014 Ram 1500 retains its basic shape and looks, it still came with a few changes, most notably the placement of the grille, which is now an inch taller than the one in 2012.
There are still a variety of engine options to choose from for the 2014 model, highlighted by the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that now produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.
Gallery Triumph America
For 2013, Ram has taken one of its most popular models and loaded it with attitude.
The Ram Black Express takes a combination of style, performance, capability and value and transforms into the "baddest-looking" factory-built truck on the market.
The 2013 Ram Black Express is distinguished by its all-black exterior. Starting with 20-inch black aluminum wheels, it also adds a black front fascia with fog lamps, black grille surround with black hex-link inserts, black rear bumper and black Ram’s head badges on the grille and tailgate. All body-side badging has been removed.
"Ram Trucks are known for their bold, in-your-face presence," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand. "The new Black Express takes Ram’s aggressive good looks to an all new sinister level by ’blackening out’ the entire truck while maintaining a great price."
The Ram Black Express also features premium bi-functional halogen projector headlamps with black bezels, 15 amber LEDs for park/turn/position lamp and three amber LEDs for the side marker. The taillamps also include black finishes and are comprised of 15 red LEDs with three red LEDs for the side markers.
The 2013 Ram Black Express is available in two- and four-wheel-drive models and a choice of regular cab, quad cab or crew cab body styles.
Ram Black Express pricing starts at $26,955, plus $1,095 destination charge.
The 2013 Ram 1500 Black Express will begin reaching dealerships in July 2013.