GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

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    GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    Ram Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of Rumblebee Moniker With Special Concept
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    August 17, 2013
    By: Carl Malek






    Debuting at the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise earlier today, this special Ram Rumblebee concept was built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Rumblebee moniker which was inspired by the legendary Super Bee nameplate and was last used on the 2004-2005 Dodge Ram. However unlike that particular Rumblebee iteration which was mainly a styling package and lacked the soundtrack that many buyers expected, Chrysler engineers have made several revisions to remedy that complaint, while also making the newest iteration of the truck stand out at the same time. This is immediately apparent with its exterior styling with the truck sporting a special "Drone Yellow" paint job which is contrasted by slick black graphics and a ground effects kit to give the truck a meaner appearance. Chrysler engineers also utilized a Mopar issue tonneau cover, while specially designed 24 inch Vellano VRH black wheels round out the styling tweaks and work together with a 2 inch suspension drop to improve the stance of the truck also. Overall these revisions did an excellent job making the concept stand out and should be an eye catching presentation if a production version is announced.






    The interior of the Rumblebee concept (which largely has the same layout as the 2013 RAM 1500 R/T) has also received several revisions to make it fit with the theme set in place by the exterior. The black and yellow sport seats looked attractive and were very supportive and comfortable to sit in during my brief time inside the concept. The seats also feature two tone stitching and special Rumblebee logos on the seat backs. However perhaps the weirdest and most ingenious styling touch is the amber encased bee in the center of the rotary shifter switch which added a cool styling element and should also serve as an excellent conservation starter, especially when its lit up during night time driving.




    Performance for the Rumblebee concept comes from the venerable 5.7 liter Hemi V8 that also see's duty in mainstream Ram 1500 models. In this application, it is good for a solid 395 horse power and a healthy 407 lb-ft of torque thanks in part to a custom cold air intake. The gloss yellow/black engine cover also makes a solid visual statement especially with its incorporated honeycomb trim while two buttons below the shift knob activate specially designed exhaust cutouts which enhances the car's exhaust note by bypassing the equipped Mopar dual cat-back exhaust system, consider us impressed.

    Chrysler did not state whether a production version is in the works. However if feedback from its appearance at Woodward by fans and Chrysler loyalists is positive, look for it to make the leap into full production sometime in the near future and perhaps inspire Ford And GM to follow suit with similar editions of their current generation F-150 and Silverado models. Also if you are in the vicinity of Woodward Avenue today keep an eye out for Al, Nick, and Austin who are out on Woodward as we speak, and are eager to meet fans and forum members.






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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    I'm liking it.
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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    392 not making it to this one :-(
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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by KingElvis View Post
    392 not making it to this one :-(
    and it doesnt need it.

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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    DudeBro, thy truck hast arrived.

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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by 69gtsdart View Post
    and it doesnt need it.
    It does if they want to sell it to me.

    I like the visual package and rumble button but where is the beef? Something that big and heavy needs more punch to match the look. If not it just becomes another "poser".
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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by KingElvis View Post
    392 not making it to this one :-(
    It's a dissapointment as far as I'm concerned. An overpriced R/T with graphics, same drivetrain.

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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_K View Post
    It's a dissapointment as far as I'm concerned. An overpriced R/T with graphics, same drivetrain.
    It has a CAI and 4:10 gears.

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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by LetsRace View Post
    It has a CAI and 4:10 gears.
    CAI's don't do anything more than a couple horsepower on those trucks, and the regular R/T's already have 4.10 gears. It's an R/T with an appearance package, and a locked ECU.

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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by KingElvis View Post
    392 not making it to this one :-(
    Fail!

    Quote Originally Posted by 69gtsdart View Post
    and it doesnt need it.
    Yes, it does.

    Quote Originally Posted by Orbit Orange View Post
    It does if they want to sell it to me.

    I like the visual package and rumble button but where is the beef? Something that big and heavy needs more punch to match the look. If not it just becomes another "poser".
    Agreed!

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_K View Post
    It's a dissapointment as far as I'm concerned. An overpriced R/T with graphics, same drivetrain.
    Agreed!

    Quote Originally Posted by LetsRace View Post
    It has a CAI and 4:10 gears.
    All trucks have CAI's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_K View Post
    CAI's don't do anything more than a couple horsepower on those trucks, and the regular R/T's already have 4.10 gears. It's an R/T with an appearance package, and a locked ECU.
    Yep, high flow air cleaners (like I said, all trucks have CAI's) maybe add 5 hp...tops, and only at the top of the RPM range. Most stock air intakes provide plenty of flow.

    Locked ECU = FAIL!

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    Re: GMI First Look: Ram Rumblebee Concept Truck

    There is a lot of hating on this drivetrain but its pretty close to SVT Raptor numbers and a healthy dose hotter than anything your getting in a Silverado. Granted Ram could go crazier but it looks like a nice concept.
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    I would like to see SRT start to sell "tuner" parts for ALL MOPAR products like TRD does for Toyota and "M" is starting to do for BMW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket 88 View Post
    There is a lot of hating on this drivetrain but its pretty close to SVT Raptor numbers and a healthy dose hotter than anything your getting in a Silverado. Granted Ram could go crazier but it looks like a nice concept.
    Even the new 6.2l ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    Even the new 6.2l ??

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