By on August 15, 2013

Ram-concept-Teaser

News of a new Ram performance truck was bolstered by these images released by Ram yesterday, that preview the new model set to be unveiled at this weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise.

With a yellow bee motif and the word “Rumble” stenciled below the Ram’s shifter dial, it’s safe to assume that the Rumble Bee is based on the Ram Express, a stripped-down Hemi powered version of the Ram 1500. But while the Ram Express is rather basic (vinyl seats are available, for example) the Rumble Bee will likely have some more upscale features to go along with a higher price tag.

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59 Comments on “Is Ram Reviving The Rumble Bee?...”


  • avatar
    Austin Greene

    In the words of Marv Albert: “Yesh!”

  • avatar
    caltemus

    Below “Rumble” it looks like those two buttons would control the exhaust noise. Servo exhaust dump maybe?

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean

      Sweet, that’s what the world needs now. Yet another huge truck that breaks the 100 decible level at a stop light.

      • 0 avatar
        Quentin

        Somewhat off topic, but my idiot neighbor’s teenager has a 90s Cummins Ram with stacks. He was “rolling coal” in the driveway for a good 5 minutes yesterday for no apparent reason. This is why diesel has a bad reputation in this country.

        • 0 avatar
          Synchromesh

          Yes, exactly what we need is another cheap vastly overpowered big ass pickup truck for the local teenagers to make a mess with.

          • 0 avatar
            Lorenzo

            Most teenagers around me don’t have jobs and can’t even afford fuel for these trucks, let alone buy them.

        • 0 avatar
          segfault

          Anyone who puts straight pipes on anything ought to be spayed or neutered, without anesthesia.

          • 0 avatar
            NoGoYo

            But old Detroit Diesel two-stroke trucks sound awesome with straight pipes…

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            Oh c’mon don’t be a party pooper. Some engines sound great with straight pipes.

            How do you feel about cherry bombs?

          • 0 avatar
            segfault

            I’m not a fan of any aftermarket exhaust which increases the noise level. They certainly don’t sound “awesome” to everyone whose peace and quiet is ruined by them.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            Doesn’t the States have regulations that don’t permit this?

            In Australia the cops will pull over a kid (or anyone for that matter) who has a vehicle that is noisy, smokes, etc.

            The cops hand him a defect and he has to have the vehicle inspected.

          • 0 avatar
            typhoon

            Depends on the municipality; generally larger cities have noise and emissions requirements that smaller ones don’t. This has the odd effect that I can drive around in Albuquerque traffic with the windows down, enjoy a nice day and be able to talk to my passengers in relative peace, but if I’m in the much smaller town where I live, I have to constantly put up with loud exhausts and diesel smoke-outs from the sort of inconsiderate douchebags who buy trucks like these.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            “They certainly don’t sound “awesome” to everyone whose peace and quiet is ruined by them.”

            I’ll be sure to take the long way around the nursing home next time.

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    Great, Dodges (oops, RAMs) are loud enough as it is. I spend a lot of time in campgrounds and you can always tell when a Ram is going by. I like a nice sounding exhaust like any other guy, but in everyday situations, it gets old fast.

    I prefer my whisper quiet Ecoboost, thank you very much. I get the same thrill when the blow off valves pop on my truck anyway. Of course it means that people in the same campground don’t notice when you are coming up behind them and a little horn tap is needed.

    • 0 avatar
      cdotson

      Is it a prevalence of aftermarket exhausts? I’ve never heard a stock Ram that I would consider terribly “loud,” although they do have the V8 burble.

      Nissan Titans, however, absolutely howl. In a most unpleasant way. The one time I drove one as a rental I absolutely couldn’t tolerate 65mph on the interstate (yeah, that was the speed limit) without getting a splitting headache.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        “Is it a prevalence of aftermarket exhausts?” I’m betting this. Of the Big 3 trucks, Hemi equipped Rams seem to be the most consistently exhaust modded.

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          In my little corner of New Mexico it is rare to see ANY truck more than about two years old that hasn’t had aftermarket pipes installed, usually nice chrome trumpets sticking out the back as an addition too. It doesn’t matter around here if it is a Toyota, Nissan, Dodge, Ford, Chevy or GMC. I’ll rasise my hand for giving my F150 Heritage a cat back system

          • 0 avatar
            dastanley

            Ditto in Farmington / Aztec / Bloomfield. After being around loud airplanes at work most days, I prefer my quiet Corolla.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    I think almost every endeavor that attempts to turn a truck into a street car/hotrod seems to end in tasteless failure of extreme magnitude surely to end up only in the driveway of the daftest of D-bag’s. Like moths to the flame really. This one in bright yellow example with offensive exhaust noise will fit the bill quite nicely in that regard.

    I think the way to make a speciatly truck that is actually cool is the F150 raptor. I not a fan of trucks as personal transportsion, but the Raptor may be the only truck I have ever coveted.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Trucks are the current “muscle cars”. Yes you can still buy a Camaro or a Mustang or a Challenger but lets look at how many 1/2 ton trucks with the manufacturers largest available V8 are being sold.

      The Ram “Express” is like buying the old Road Runner, cheap V8 thrills. The Rumble Bee is like buying the up optioned Chargers/Challengers/’Cuda of yore. And if we’re honest these “muscle trucks” outperform the old 442s, Mustangs, and AMXs of the 60s and 70s.

      • 0 avatar
        Zackman

        I still pine for the return of the “Little Red Express Truck”.

        All buyers will do with these Bumble Bees are add those obnoxious vertical, over-sized pipes sticking out of the bed behind the cab, towering over the roof!

        Besides, the colors remind me of those ground-digger cicada-killer wasps that are making our back yard a mess!

        • 0 avatar
          BigOldChryslers

          The original Li’l Red Express came standard with the “obnoxious” transport truck style vertical exhaust stacks that you’re complaining about. The main difference was the Li’l Red Express was a stepside box, so the stacks were outside the box. I’m not sure what you’re really asking for, a return of the stepside box?

          • 0 avatar
            Zackman

            I meant to say the LOUD obnoxious vertical pipes, not the pipes themselves, just the noise.

            A stepside box would be a plus, too.

      • 0 avatar
        thegamper

        That is true, and I will admit it is a matter of personal taste or lack thereof. However offensive it may be to the eyes or ears, the important thing is that it be a profitable venture for Fiat/Chrysler, which I am sure it will be.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Disagree, see syclone/typhoon

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      “I think the way to make a speciatly truck that is actually cool is the F150 raptor.”

      The Raptor is the Affliction T-shirt of the truck world. Not to say I wouldn’t want one or they aren’t awesome, but it’s every bit of the DB bait that a Hemi Ram with a stripe package is. The only thing ensuring there are fewer of them out there is the fact that they cost more and would make the gym membership a little harder to afford.

      • 0 avatar
        golden2husky

        ….and would make the gym membership a little harder to afford….

        Odd statement; the vast majority of truck drivers I see would benefit greatly from a gym membership as a good percentage of the trucks’ capacity is used up by the weight of the driver’s belly. Since we are generating a lot of stereotypes here….

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          “Odd statement; the vast majority of truck drivers I see would benefit greatly from a gym membership as a good percentage of the trucks’ capacity is used up by the weight of the driver’s belly. Since we are generating a lot of stereotypes here….”

          Perhaps their truck payment forced them to give up the gym membership.

          With all the genital size and other generalizations, I just thought I’d join in ;)

      • 0 avatar
        racer193

        My sister (28) after just having a baby seven weeks ago, traded her two or three y/o f150 lariat for a 14 raptor crew cab. So said it was her holy fu€k I made it through that present. Her husband approved of her purchase or course.

  • avatar
    BigOldChryslers

    The realistic looking bee sitting on a honeycomb design in the knob is a neat touch.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Too bad its not a 6 speed manual. Anyone want to wager if a stick will even be available?

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        ” Too bad its not a 6 speed manual. Anyone want to wager if a stick will even be available?”.

        Unlikely. The 1500 doesn’t have a manual trans available on any other model, so they’re unlikely to add one for a low volume deal like this. If you want a manual transmission pickup from Chrysler, you gotta step up to the 2500.

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          Although I understand how automatics WIDELY outsell manual transmissions, am I the only one that is a little sad that manual transmissions are no longer available in ANY trim level of most 1/2 ton trucks?

          My old F150 is an automatic but then I bought it used. If I had ordered/purchased new I would have insisted on a manual, and there are days when I think I should have searched the used market a little more vigorously.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            I agree that the lack of availability is a bit saddening. A manual cog swapper in something like this would be a real hoot as I imagine the Viper powered shorty Rams were.

          • 0 avatar
            Lorenzo

            One side effect of the all-auto trucks is that some guys let their girlfriends drive them. ANYONE, not just young ladies, who got a license driving a Corolla in their road test needs a couple lessons in a stadium parking lot before driving these trucks in traffic.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    I hope this will have the truck version of the 6.4L Hemi that is going into the HD models for ’14. That would make this a real performer. The 5.7L R/T shorty models already scoot pretty good, the 6.4L would put them solidly up there with the Lightning of yore and maybe even the Viper truck.

  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    Nothing complements macho truck design better than calling it a “bee”.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

      You may remember that the guy who gets credit for saying that was pretty well respected as a man.

    • 0 avatar
      BigOldChryslers

      The “bee” name is appropriate from a historical context, ignoring for a moment that these trucks are technically “RAMs” and not “Dodges” any more.

      Super Bee = a Dodge muscle car
      Rumble Bee = a Dodge muscle truck

  • avatar
    Jimal

    Forget the Ram Express. If you want to follow the great Mopar tradition of dog dish hubcaps and options deleted, you can apparently get the same 5.7 Hemi/6-speed auto combo in the base-base level Tradesman, along with steel wheels and black bumpers. That say “Mopar” to me more than some Rumble Bee silliness.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      And optioned that way, they’re very inexpensive too. All the performance without the bling and extra cost.

      Sadly most people don’t want to be seen in a work truck fleet special with a black plastic grill.

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        A 4×4 Hemi Tradesman comes in at a bit under 29k. Seems quite cheap for a 4×4 “big V8″ truck.

        Add in rebates and financing and all that and you’re down to $24,300 for a 4×4 V8 truck. That’s damned cheap.

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          Yep, and option it as RWD for the sport truck crowd and the price drops even more. They’re surprisingly fast in that configuration too.

          • 0 avatar
            NoGoYo

            Eh, when you live in the Northeast, might as well sacrifice a bit of performance for not having to dump a ton of crap in the bed to get traction.

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        Those grilles are easily removed and replaced, or painted. The base vehicle is easier to customize to taste, at far less than the price of the bling packages that include things you don’t want.

      • 0 avatar
        segfault

        I think the Sport model includes upgraded wheels/tires, but I’m not sure about the suspension. The tires on the Tradesman have a tall sidewall and would probably get squishy in the corners.

        The lower end Rams used to have a two tone black/grey vinyl bench, which could have passed for low grade leather. I’m not sure whether they still offer it, but I liked that feature.

      • 0 avatar
        Jimal

        That is because they are poseurs.

  • avatar
    ajla

    The photo looks like it’s based on the RAM R/T, not the Express.

    The R/T comes with a 4.10 rear end, seats with more aggressive bolstering, the fake hood scoops, and 22-inch wheels with lower profile tires. It also can only tow 5000 pounds. Some form of Uconnect is probably standard too.

    My guess is that this either replaces the R/T or is a new trim level on top of it.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I’m not a fan of yellow, but a fire engine red or bright Jeep red would be a better colour.

    As a collectable, will it hold its value?

    • 0 avatar
      Firestorm 500

      If you want to retain or make money, put the equivalent amount in a 40-year CD at 0.5% interest.

      You’ll come out better than buying a modern truck and hope it goes up in value some day.

  • avatar
    doug-g

    Hard to believe that Dodge (now Ram) pickups were barely a ripple in the market until Chrysler stuck a Cummins in them, either by choice or by chance. The idea of a real truck engine sold and they thought maybe a “big rig” look would go over. Marketing history was made and now people with small penises and low IQ’s have a vehicle of their very own.. an Italian truck to hang their pro-American and anti-Obama stickers on.

  • avatar

    Hopefully it has the 6.4L (392ci) Hemi that’s in the 2500 for next year, a single cab, 4.10′s, and sticky tires.


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