Ram Introduces Havoc Edition for Half-Tons

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

It’s been at least five minutes since Ram has rolled out a special edition for one of their trucks, meaning the time is right for yet another one. This time around, they’re reading from the TRX handbook and gifting the Havoc trim to its half-ton Rebel.

We all know why they do this, of course. Absent big news like a revised interior or new powertrain options, packages such as these do a decent job of getting the vehicle into a news cycle and potentially dragging a few customers into the showroom. At a minimum, it provides yet another option for gearheads to stand out from their neighbor who bought a new Ram 1500 last month. Can’t have the same truck as yer buddy, don't cha know.

Ram is calling this a “limited run color offering”, ranking up there with the occasions in which they slathered the Ram Classic with short-lived lime green or atomic orange hues. Terminating these colors doesn’t mean they are unpopular, just that they’ve done the job of pulling forward a few buyers and creating a bit of buzz. 

Showing up for work in Baja Yellow, the Ram 1500 Havoc Edition is based on a Rebel trim equipped with the $4,495 Level 2 equipment group. As such, this means the truck will have the enormous 12-inch infotainment touchscreen packing Off-Road readouts, heated front seats, 19-speaker sound system – in short, most of the luxury gear sought after by many truck buyers in today’s superheated market. 

The hard-to-miss Baja Yellow paint is supplemented by those Rebel graphics on the Havoc, stickers which are $495 on other Rebels. The grille, bumpers, and badges have all been dipped in a pot of inky black paint. Under the hood is a 5.7L V8 Hemi with the eTorque mild hybrid (very mild) system. This means power checks in at 395 horses and 410 lb-ft of torque, just like it has done since this engine came off the ark. To put it mildly, Ram needs to weasel a few bucks out of their corporate overlords and find a way to stuff the Grand Wagoneer’s twin-turbo Hurricane mill in this thing. Those 510 ponies will do nicely, thank you.

The asking price for the 2023 Ram 1500 Rebel Havoc is set at $72,205. They are set to go on sale later this Spring.

[Images: Ram]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • ToolGuy First picture: I realize that opinions vary on the height of modern trucks, but that entry door on the building is 80 inches tall and hits just below the headlights. Does anyone really believe this is reasonable?Second picture: I do not believe that is a good parking spot to be able to access the bed storage. More specifically, how do you plan to unload topsoil with the truck parked like that? Maybe you kids are taller than me.
  • ToolGuy The other day I attempted to check the engine oil in one of my old embarrassing vehicles and I guess the red shop towel I used wasn't genuine Snap-on (lots of counterfeits floating around) plus my driveway isn't completely level and long story short, the engine seized 3 minutes later.No more used cars for me, and nothing but dealer service from here on in (the journalists were right).
  • Doughboy Wow, Merc knocks it out of the park with their naming convention… again. /s
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  • Bkojote Allright, actual person who knows trucks here, the article gets it a bit wrong.First off, the Maverick is not at all comparable to a Tacoma just because they're both Hybrids. Or lemme be blunt, the butch-est non-hybrid Maverick Tremor is suitable for 2/10 difficulty trails, a Trailhunter is for about 5/10 or maybe 6/10, just about the upper end of any stock vehicle you're buying from the factory. Aside from a Sasquatch Bronco or Rubicon Jeep Wrangler you're looking at something you're towing back if you want more capability (or perhaps something you /wish/ you were towing back.)Now, where the real world difference should play out is on the trail, where a lot of low speed crawling usually saps efficiency, especially when loaded to the gills. Real world MPG from a 4Runner is about 12-13mpg, So if this loaded-with-overlander-catalog Trailhunter is still pulling in the 20's - or even 18-19, that's a massive improvement.