With the Ram Rebel scorching its way through backwood trails and snowy roads, Ram has revealed a special edition model dubbed the Rebel Black.
As its moniker implies, the Rebel Black embraces black accents and includes black rims, brush guard, and an all black interior. This special edition truck is thankfully avalible in the full color pallate which should please folks that love the standard model’s trademark red hue.
The all black interior features heated seats with “Rebel” embroidery andonized accents on the doors, center console and instrument cluster as well as Light Slate grey accent seat stitching in lieu of the standard Rebel’s red hued stitching. Black Katzkin leather thrones are avalible as a luxurious upgrade.
“Adding the Rebel Black package to an already aggressive off-road package will continue feeding the momentum Rebel is creating for the Ram Truck brand” revealed Mike Manley Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “The Ram Rebel is unique in the full-size truck segment with 33-inch off-road tires, air suspension, and custom interior details.”
Like the rest of the Rebel lineup, performance for the Rebel Black comes from either the base 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 or the optional 5.7 liter Hemi V8. The V6 model comes in 4×4 guise only, but V8 rigs can be had either as a 4×4 or a 4×2.
The Ram 1500 Rebel Black is scheduled to arrive in showrooms this March, with a base price of $45,590. This is before the $1,320 dedtination fee, but its still a reasonable price, especially for a truck that embraces the dark side. In the mean time, you can see it shred some powder in the video below.
Following the surprise unveiling of the 2017 Raptor yesterday, Ram has fired a salvo in response unveiling the 2016 Ram Rebel to a packed house at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.
The Rebel is built off of a Ram 1500 crew cab and as a result is only available in that configuration along with its five-foot seven inch bed. The front fascia of the Rebel ditches the traditional crosshair grille that is commonly found on other Ram models, and instead comes equipped with a single slat version that features an over-sized RAM logo on the front (a cue borrowed from the Raptor and its equally massive Ford Logo.) The Rebel also features a newly revamped blacked out front bumper that incorporates a powder coated skid plate, new LED fog lamps, and new tow hooks. Black bezeled projector beam headlamps are also part of the package and feature LED marker lights. Meanwhile an aggressively sculpted aluminium hood shaves weight while also adding a dollup of aggression to the Rebel’s distinctive lines. The rear of the Rebel features a model exclusive tail gate (complete with obnoxiously sized RAM logo) blacked out tail lamps, and a blacked out rear bumper that is nestled over a class exclusive dual exhaust system.
The interior of the Rebel also has been heavily revamped for off road duty and features model exclusive seats that are not only covered in high durability grade vinyl, but also come embossed with the tread pattern that also is present on the massive 33-inch Toyo all-terrain tires. During my brief time inside the Rebel, the seats did feel very comfortable and had an acceptable amount of support though the trucks substantial suspension lift did make entry and exit somewhat difficult. The black instrument panel is nicely contrasted by red and gray stitching while the center console has an appearance that resembles cast iron which is thanks to a special Iron Gray Metallic finish for the plastic.
Our lone gripe centers around the performance hardware for the Rebel. While the base 305 horsepower Pentastar V6 engine is an understandable addition that helps increase fuel economy as well as accessibility of the model, our crosshairs are centered around the optional 395 horsepower 5.7 liter V8. While this motor is very good at what it does, The Rebel was designed to be an alternative to the desert friendly Raptor, and as such it would have been neat to see the 5.7 nixed in lieu of the more potent 6.4 liter V8 that currently sees duty in its HD siblings. This engine would not only have helped the Rebel be closer to the Raptor in terms of muscle, but also allow the truck to better embody its rebellious theme. Musings about the engine selection aside, both the V6 and the V8 are hooked up to the familiar eight speed automatic transmission with buyers having the option of choosing either two or four wheel drive for their Rebel purchase.
Handling for the Rebel was also tweaked for off road duty, and in addition to the fore-mentioned Toyo Tires providing grip in the roughest of driving conditions, the Rebel also comes equipped with an air suspension system (something the Raptor does not have) which allows it to achieve a class exclusive 10.3 inches in overall ground clearance. This is very useful in navigating deep rivers as well as rough trails that have varying degrees of quality.
Look for the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel to arrive on dealer lots later this year. While it is unclear how much of a premium the Rebel will charge versus a standard Ram 1500, look for that bit of information as well other details to emerge closer to the Rebel’s official launch. In the meantime you can check out more pictures of the Rebel in the gallery below.