Ram gets sporty with new Rumble Bee Concept

by Andrew Ganz
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  • Ram shows us what all the buzz will be about at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise

    With its bright yellow paint job and black graphics, the Ram Rumble Bee looks right at home on Detroit's famous Woodward Avenue.

    Debuting this weekend as a concept car at the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Ram Rumble Bee is almost certain to spawn a production model in the near future.

    The Ram Rumble Bee reprises a name the automaker used on an earlier Ram. Conceptually, the new truck essentially follows the same pattern: It starts life as a 2013 Ram 1500 R/T regular cab. A special matte "Drone Yellow" paint job and a Mopar ground effects kit combine with graphics on either side of the truck to make it stand out. Ram further raided the Mopar parts bin for the truck's tonneau cover, while special 24-inch Vellano VRH black wheels and a 2-inch King Suspension drop kit give it both better handling and a meaner stance than stock.

    Ram didn't leave out the Rumble Bee's interior - it added black and yellow leather sport mesh seats with two-tone stitching and Rumble Bee and Ram logos. An amber-encased bee in the shifter's rotary knob further dresses up the cabin, but it's a pair of buttons just below that knob that are arguably the truck's most interesting feature. They activate exhaust cutouts to bypass the truck's Mopar cat-back dual exhaust setup.

    Other mechanical changes to the Ram's 5.7-liter HEMI V8 are limited to a cold air intake plus a gloss yellow and black engine cover.

    Inspired by the Dodge Super Bees of the muscle car era, the first Ram Rumble Bee was only sold as a regular cab/short box 4x2 Ram with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8. We expect any production model the Woodward Dream Cruise concept might spawn to follow suit.