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2014 Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept.

Exterior

Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

Ram sat the the Rumble Bee package on the two-wheel-drive, regular cab Ram 1500, helping keep the curb weight to an absolute minimum. The matte "Drone Yellow" paint job is highlighted by a gloss-black stripe down each side that fades into honeycomb patterns.

Up front, the Rumble Bee features an R/T hood with monstrous, nostril-style air intakes, and black accents on the air intakes, badges and grille, helping add some extra style to this mighty pickup.

Around back, the bed is covered by a tonneau cover that helps keep aerodynamic drag to a minimum. Just like the front, the rear end gets its own touch of black accents, including a black-coated fuel door and dual tailpipes.

Overall, the exterior screams "look at me" like the Rumble Bee packages of yesteryear. But it does so without being too over-the-top about it. Sure, the black-colored fuel filler cap is likely a little too much, but it’s not enough to kill or love for the sexy exterior.

Interior

Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

On the inside, the customization continues with sport seats wrapped in black leather and yellow mesh, with yellow and grey contrast stitching. Additionally, you get "Rumble Bee 10th Anniversary" lettering on the sport seats and a set of Ram logos to help add some extra style. This lettering and the Ram logos continue onto the floor mats and door panels, plus the dashboard receives a milled-aluminum plaque with a "10th Anniversary" Rumble Bee logo.

The rest of the interior remains relatively true to the original Ram R/T, but there is one last touch that really sets this truck apart. This is the real — yeah, we said "real," folks — amber-encased bee mounted in the center of the rotary gear selector. The bee sits atop a honeycomb background that lights up to make this awesome touch even more dramatic.

Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes

Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

Under the hood, not too much changes, as the Rumble Bee Concept comes with the Ram 1500 R/T’s standard 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that pipes 395 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed transmission and out to a set of 4.10 gears. This high gearing helps launch the Ram 1500 Ram 1500 Rumble Bee to 60 mph in what we estimate to be under 7 seconds, but Ram did not provide official acceleration details.

The only mechanical changes to the Rumble Bee Concept’s drivetrain is the addition of Mopar’s cat-back exhaust system with two-stage valve control that the driver can activate via a switch under the rotary shifter knob and a Mopar cold-air intake system. There is, however, one visual change under the hood, as Ram installed a black and yellow honeycomb-patterned engine cover to complete the bee theme.

The suspension, on the other hand, gets plenty of updates. It starts off with a King Suspension system that drops the ride height by 2 inches and adds a set of reservoir shocks to help the pickup handle the twist a little better. The final touch is a set of 24-inch, gloss-black Vellano VRH wheels.

Pricing

Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

For now, the Rumble Bee package is simply a concept, but it may become a reality in the future. Sure, it will likely lose the valve-controlled exhaust, and the amber-adhered bee on the shifter in production form, but the rest may well carry onto the Ram 1500 R/T as an appearance package.

Competition

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

Ford F-150 Tremor

There are a few big differences between the Tremor and the Rumble Bee, and the most obvious is that the Tremor is a reality and the Rumble Bee is simply a concept.

The Tremor features Ford’s 3.6-liter EcoBoost V-6 that churns out 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque through a set of 4.10 gears, Unfortunately for Ford, the HEMI V-8 and 4.10 gearing should launch the Ram to 60 mph about a half-second quicker.

Conclusion

The Rumble Bee package is a welcome addition to the Ram 15090 lineup, but we’re sure it will not make it into production in its current for,m. With a little nipping and tucking, however, we think it could be a reality and really give the Ford Tremor a competitor on all fronts — performance and aesthetic.

LOVE IT
  • Sexy yellow paint with tasteful accents
  • Awesome interior
  • Valved exhaust is sure to sound mean
LEAVE IT
  • Just a concept
  • Will likely drop the exhaust and amber-encased bee in production
  • No power updates to speak of

RAM 1500 RUMBLE BEE CONCEPT BUZZES INTO DETROIT FOR WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE

Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept
  • Inspired by the Super Bee of the late ’60s, the Rumble Bee concept celebrates its 10-year anniversary at the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise
  • Ram Truck brand continues with tradition and creative design, building unique pickups for consumers to enjoy

August 17, 2013 , Woodward Dream Cruise, Mich. - Ten years ago, the Ram Truck Brand introduced the Rumble Bee, a popular model inspired by the Super Bee muscle car of the late ‘60s. Today, Ram unveiled a new HEMI-powered Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept to celebrate the 10-year anniversary and the heritage of Ram’s unique truck designs that include the Lil Red Express, Warlock and Power Wagon.

“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 – 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.”

The Rumble Bee concept began life as a 2013 Ram 1500 R/T. Keeping with tradition, the lightweight, two-door; 2WD configuration is covered in “Drone Yellow” paint with a unique matte finish. The rare color/finish flows over the entire truck including the bumpers, flares and the Mopar ground effects kit. True to form, a new “Speed Bee” design is swathed on both sides of the truck within a gloss black stripe that fades into honeycomb. The stripe glides front to rear, around the top of the bed and over the Mopar tonneau cover to memorialize HEMI-powered vehicles of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which dominated the racing scene. Factory 22-inch wheels are replaced with gloss black, 24-inch, Vellano VRH custom rollers and a 2-inch drop provided by King Suspension enhances handing performance and appearance with the help of a reservoir shock at each wheel. The grille, hood vents, badging, fuel door and the dual exhaust tailpipes are coated in gloss black, carrying the theme on all sides.

The colors and graphics spread through the Ram R/T-based interior, featuring black and Drone Yellow leather sport mesh seats with two-tone yellow/light-grey stitching. “Rumble Bee” lettering and Ram logos adorn chairs, floor mats and door bolsters. The interior center-piece is an actual amber-encased bee mounted into the 8-speed rotary shifter knob that lights up to expose a honeycomb pattern background. Two buttons below the knob control exhaust cutouts to bypass the Mopar cat-back dual-exhaust system, allowing the full sound force of a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 to escape — loud and LOUDER! The unique honeycomb pattern is shared with door trim and the dash, where a milled aluminum “10th Anniversary” commemorative badge serves as the truck’s ID.

Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

Under hood, the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept houses a 5.7-liter HEMI with 395 horsepower and 407 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. The HEMI is fitted with a custom gloss yellow and black engine cover with honeycomb graphic pattern. Mopar’s cold-air intake system gives the HEMI a bump in performance and relentless torque is transferred through a 4.10 gear set for quick jumps off the line.

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.



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