Ten years ago, when the Ram truck still wore a Dodge badge, a special yellow-and-black model called the Rumble Bee launched, paying homage to the Super Bee muscle car of the 1960s. Now, we have the Charger Super Bee, wearing the same buzzworthy paint job. But for the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise, Ram has created a modern version of that Rumble Bee pickup based on the current 2013 Ram 1500, though unlike the last go-around, this one is purely a concept. For now, anyway.
This concept truck uses the 1500′s lightest configuration – a single cab, two-wheel-drive model. From there, it has been painted in Drone Yellow with a matte finish, and a Mopar ground effects kit gives the truck a more aggressive stance on the road. The large, 24-inch wheels certainly help that, as well, painted in black to match the other dark accents found around the pickup’s body.
Inside, to no one’s surprise, the black and yellow theme carries on, with leather upholstery and sport mesh seats. That Rumble Bee logo adorns the chairs and floor mats, but the coolest (or weirdest) touch is the actual amber-encased bee found within the rotary shift knob. Seriously.
Like the old Rumble Bee, this new concept uses Hemi power, coming from the Ram’s lovely 5.7-liter V8 that packs 395 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends that force to the rear wheels, and with a Mopar cold-air intake and a revised 4.10 final drive ratio, the Rumble Bee should be plenty quick off the line.
We’ll have more live photos and impressions of the rough and ready Rumbler live from Woodward Avenue later today, but for now, Have a look below for a walkaround video from Ram along with the official press blast.
UPDATE: Live images from Woodward added, above.
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Official: Ram debuts Rumble Bee redux at Woodward [w/video] [UPDATE]