By on January 7, 2017

RAM 1500 Rebel Black

The factory optioned “murdering-out” of cars and trucks is all the rage right now. It seems like every model has some variant where the OEM has replaced all of the shiny bits for black plastic for a meaner disposition. Everything from Porsche’s Carrara to Chevrolet’s Silverado has a dark edition with a midnight monicker. Even Mercedes-Benz is providing a blacked-out version of the S-Class for this year’s North American International Auto Show.

Ram will also bringing something tall, dark, and handsome to Detroit with its new Rebel 1500 Black.

While the Rebel is already an aggressive looking off-road truck with an abundance of darkened trim, Ram has given it an extra dash of visual menace with this inky special edition. 

The Black actually comes in all of the normal Rebel exterior colors but adds an all-black interior, brush guard, and wheels. Do you want to take a stab at the color of the anodized bezels surrounding the center console, instrument panel, and gauge pods are? How about the optional leather Katzkin seats or rubber floor mats?

RAM 1500 Rebel Black

You guessed it. In fact, if you opt for a black paint job, the only non-black thing on the entire truck would be the gray accent stitching on the interior fabric.

The model-specific black alloy wheels are wrapped with 33-inch off-road tires and the Ram’s standard air suspension system gives the Rebel ten inches of ground clearance — making the photos of it off-roading more than plausible.

Ram didn’t make any mechanical changes to the Rebel for the Black; it’s essentially an appearance package. It still has the same base 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 cranking out 305 horsepower and a competent 269 foot pounds worth of torque. You can, as always, plop in the 5.7 liter Hemi V8 if you want to bring that torque up to 410 ft-lbs and a horsepower just shy of 400 units. Rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are standard, but all-wheel drive is available.

Available only as a crew cab, the Ram 1500 Rebel Black starts at $45,590 (the plain Jane Rebel starts at $44,995) plus the obligatory $1,320 destination fee. Arriving at dealerships in March, it will also be on display at next week’s North American International Auto Show. FCA hasn’t specified volume but Ram is considering it a Special Edition vehicle, possibly indicating a brief production run — especially if they run out of black pieces of trim.

RAM 1500 Rebel Black

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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79 Comments on “NAIAS 2017: The 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black Special Edition: None More Black...”


  • avatar
    OzCop

    Call me a cynic, but I just don’t get the blacked out, jacked up, tall tire, fuel robbing look and decor…but I’m old, so…

    • 0 avatar
      tnk479

      FWIW, the factory jacked up, tall tire look tends to be more reasonable than what I see dudes doing with after market parts.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      “Call me a cynic, but I just don’t get the blacked out, jacked up, tall tire, fuel robbing look and decor…but I’m old, so…”

      Hey it’s fine if you don’t actually use your truck to haul and tow things. Black wheels – YUCK! Worst automotive trend ever.

      • 0 avatar
        IAhawkeye

        “Black wheels – YUCK! Worst Automotive trend ever.”

        I can’t say I agree, when I got my Jeep it had black rims on it, and I fell in love. When I got a new truck this fall, the first thing I did was put black rims on it.

        They hide brake dust and grime very very well, and as someone who doesn’t like to spend a ton of time cleaning my rims with a toothbrush to try and get everything off of them, it doesn’t get much better.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Nothing says “menace” like a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 under the hood of your factory-murdered full size pickup. That’s a lot of decoration and cash for a macho truck that doesn’t have a V8 exhaust sound or at least whistling turbos.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      I thought the 3.6 comes with Hemi badges now.

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      The 3.6 is just fine for a half ton. The 8-speed can find torque at any speed, should you require it.

      Anybody who needs the extra torque of the Hemi should get a 2500.

      • 0 avatar
        Carlson Fan

        “Anybody who needs the extra torque of the Hemi should get a 2500.”

        I disagree. If I’m a towing 4K-7K pounds I want something stronger than a V6 unless your talking a twin turbo Ford. A 1/2 ton is more than capable to perform that job and a much better choice than a 2500.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I liked the Stinger Yellow Sport more.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Since this is a 2009 era platform will the original grille still slot in should one acquire a normal grille from the junkyard?

  • avatar
    Add Lightness

    I spend a lot of time cycling on the road and am a reformed gearhead, always taking note of vehicles.
    I don’t know why but by observation, Dodge pickups are the most dangerous thing on road.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      Statistically, Rams have been proved to be the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Take a large, powerful pickup, add FCA quality and then factor in sub prime credit drivers.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        This is probably true, but I’d like to see some data.

        I do know the Dodge Neon was the most expensive car in its class to ensure for reasons of poor crash rating, Chrysler build quality, and its ownership. The Z-Body Saturn SL has an equally poor crash rating but from a cost standpoint is much cheaper than the Neon.

  • avatar
    ItsJustaRide

    There’s a pack of extra-small black condoms in the glovebox to let the owner complete the fantasy.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    No way I’d drop 45 large on a truck, but whatever…

    (Just don’t start complaining when gas goes back up to four bucks a gallon…)

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    I know three guys with blacked-out brodozers. Two are pear-shaped, unmarried 30-somethings; one is a pear-shaped, married 50-something.

    I’m not sure these things are good for one’s health.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I was once pear shaped, and never wanted one of these.

      Perhaps I wasn’t born with the brodozer gene.

      Or maybe I just like my rolling codpieces to look suspiciously like a Competition Orange Mustang GT.

      (Wouldn’t mind a standard-bed, base F-150 in fire engine red, though…but these jacked up things are, well…I’ll just go with ‘not my style’.)

      • 0 avatar
        mikey

        Yeah , I don’t really get it either . I’m with “Freed Mike” . A 4×4 8ft box ,reg cab , is my idea of a truck. I just can’t see anything north of $40 K , being in my wheel house. Besides , I’m on a convertible Camaro kick right now.

        Truth be known, I won’t buy either one.

        • 0 avatar
          OldManPants

          I got a great wall calendar for Christmas that will hang in my work office: big, high-rez photos of Chevy & GMC pickups from ’34 to ’58.

          That’s where my trucky head is at; these modern things are about as practical for me as a firetruck.

        • 0 avatar
          Carlson Fan

          ” A 4×4 8ft box ,reg cab , is my idea of a truck”

          For most pick-up buyers, me included, a standard cab renders it almost completely useless. There’s a reason crew cab pick-ups pretty much rule the roads. Their utility/flexibility when it comes to hauling cargo & people combined with their ability to tow simply cannot be beat by anything. Add comfort, reliability, resale and they are pretty much a no-brainer for many.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    Can I get the opposite? Wild late 70s graphics?

    http://www.ford-trucks.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MTM3ODk5MTI4MDc5Mzk0Njcz.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      The Power Wagon is as close as you can get right now and, even then, it’s just the 1978-styled logo. There’s none of that great striping to be found anywhere.

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        What a criminal shame!

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        I just saw a 2017 Power Wagon. It was all black. The graphics almost disappear into the black paint. I like the fact that they moved away from the vomit down the box graphics. The problem with the PW sharing a grill with the Rebel is the fact that you don’t have any product separation. That may help sell the Rebel but I think it will hurt PW sales.

        • 0 avatar
          BigOldChryslers

          That’s too bad. I really liked those graphics, and the chrome grille with red bars too. If the aftermarket offered those graphics for 3rd gen Rams (I’ve looked, they don’t) then I’d have a set on my truck.

          The blacked-out look, Rebel grille and new graphics are a complete turn-off for me.

    • 0 avatar
      focus-ed

      Nice one. I’ve always liked Bronco-like contraptions. 2-door/hatch truck hybrid. Not that I’d like to pay to fill-up but looks good as a lawn decoration. Mandatory confederation flag;)

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Respect.

  • avatar
    April S

    I wonder how long before someone puts out a Egomaniac Special Edition truck.
    Maybe one with a built-in Viraga dispenser.

  • avatar
    Middle-Aged Miata Man

    Meh.

    I see way too much dark gray (NOT black) plastic. If you’re calling your truck a “black” edition, commit fully to the concept.

    • 0 avatar
      BigOldChryslers

      It just looks that way because the paint is gloss black but the plastic is matte black and they photographed it on a sunny day. If the truck was painted a different colour or it was photographed on an overcast day, you probably wouldn’t be complaining.

      Wait until it’s 10+ years old and all the plastic has a grey haze on it.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    That is a jaw-dropping sticker price for V6/RWD. I assume there is at least $10k sitting on the hood?

  • avatar
    IAhawkeye

    Still hate that awful grille, and the giant RAM on the back. Looks bad in pictures, looks bad in person.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    “The model-specific black alloy wheels are wrapped with 33-inch off-road tires and the Ram’s standard air suspension system gives the Rebel ten inches of ground clearance”

    That “10 inches” is when you set the air ride to off road mode. You get a bit of a lift. The problem with it is typical of anything using compressed gas to increase ride height, you get a corresponding increase in ride stiffness. The truck becomes a non-compliant pogo stick.The increased lift only can be used in 4lo. Any V8 truck rarely ever needs 4lo so it is a wasted feature.
    There have been reports of overheating in these “air” ride systems in Ram and Jeep vehicles.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      Lou,
      I have 350ftlb in my 4×4 pickup and I use low much of the time off road.

      I will use high range on a road/track where I wouldn’t go under 5-10km.

      Also off road with a stiffer suspension would be okay.

      10″ of ramp over is not much conidering its wheelbase.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “Also off road with a stiffer suspension would be okay.”

        Stiffer?

        It affects damping. It turns into a pogo stick.

        Stiff suspension for off-road is old school and misguided. You need terrain compliance and controlled wheel travel. Variable rate damping takes care of both rather well. Stiff springs whether they be coils, leafs or “air” bags interferes with damping and compliance.

        There is a reason why the Raptor and Power Wagon have reduced payload ratings. Softer springs with superior damping is the best way to go.

  • avatar
    pragmatist

    While I really like the black look, now that it’s become a fad, like all fads it will soon be dated.

    The worst thing that can happen to a concept is success.

  • avatar
    SirRaoulDuke

    As with many modern trucks, the thing I do not like: I want to yank a floor lever for 4×4 low, and then yank a shifter for low. Not a button. Not a dial. This I do not like.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      Meh – I always liked that that second shift sticking through the floor on my little ’93 Toyota PU. But I got used to the buttons in my newer trucks even though I didn’t like them at first.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I do like the interior. The only thing wrong is the shifter should be between the seats. Not on the colomn or dash.

    Shiny black is okay for the exterior with tasteful chrome accents and shiny metallic rims with a small amount of black.

    The problem with deep colours is stone chips and scratches are easily noticeable.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      The shifters on both my GM trucks are on the column and I wouldn’t move them between the bucket seats even if I could. Waste of space IMO. They’re trucks, not sports cars.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    That photo is funny. Grrr! Arrgh! Rippin’ through a 3″ inch snowfall!
    My wife’s Fit could easily handle that and many times has.

    Is it that even such a paltry dusting of snow sufficiently impresses the intended recipients of this ad?

  • avatar
    RHD

    Besides the grey stitching, there are more than one “non-black thing on the entire truck”: in the interior, the red plastic in the seat belt latch. The photoshopping dulled it down some, but it’s still there; the lights, of course, and the license plate.

    You can’t help but notice that the name is a bit awkward, but calling it the “Black Rebel Special Edition” would lose all the rednecks who might be interested in purchasing this thing. (And calling it the “Special Black Edition” would invite all sorts of snarky and racist suggestions of what features it ought to have.)

  • avatar
    MeaMaximaCulpa

    Those headlights doesn’t even look like cheap OEM headlights, they look like cheap of brand after market units from pep boys.

  • avatar
    vent-L-8

    When you’ve got nothing new in the pipeline Special Editions are the last refuge of the scoundrel. Fiat’s dependence on color and trim combinations is starting to smell of desperation.

  • avatar
    geo

    They have the ugly “nostril” grille, and now this one which reminds me of a tongue reaching up for the nose. The crosshair grille needs to stay. And Dodge vehicles can find a new grille greatment – – there has got to be some undiscovered ones left.

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    It needs some kind of ultrablack paint that just sucks in all wavelengths of visible light and reflects nothing.

  • avatar
    stuki

    So, Ford has new engines, new materials, turbos……. And Ram has a new color??? I like Ram trucks (only full sizer with a manual), but man, they need to get moving, unless they want to end up “renting” their wares, Cadillac style.

  • avatar
    Hoon Goon

    I dug the black wheels look until the Plasti Dip crews started ruining it for the ones that actually spent money to have black wheels. Unfortunately, this is going to exacerbate and already worn out fad.

    I despise Plasti Dip. Just wanted to get that out there.

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