Best Dodge RAM Trucks for Serious Enthusiasts
Over the years, there have been a number of particularly extraordinary Dodge RAM trucks intended for true pickup enthusiasts. From stand-out styling to innovative engineering, Ram’s lineup always leads the pack when it comes to innovation an creativity.
Check out four of the brand’s distinctive models.
Dodge RAM Rumble Bee
The Rumble Bee was produced in 2004 and 2005, and its second year was known as the “Second Swarm.” Between the two years, almost 10,000 of the popular models were built and sold. Inspiration for the pickup was drawn from Dodge’s Super Bee muscle cars from earlier decades. And each model rocked a stripe similar to the ones seen on retro Chargers and Challengers.
The Rumble Bee was offered with two or four-wheel drive and was only available with a regular cab and short box dressed in the SLT trim. Dodge Ram’s SLTs have long been known for their sleek exterior styling and numerous premium features which made the trim the perfect match for the brand’s specialized Rumble Bee pickup.
The truck came with either black or yellow finish and had a vertical stripe running up the bed behind the rear wheels. The stripe also sported a contemporary version of Dodge’s “Scat Pack Bee” from the classic pony car days.
To enhance the Rumble Bee’s one-of-a-kind vibe even further, buyers could opt for an appearance package that added on upgrades like a chrome exhaust tip, a brushed aluminum fuel door, 20″ aluminum wheels with chrome facing, and a hood scoop (for looks only).
The exclusive accents continued from the outside in where there was a gloss yellow plaque front and center on the dash indicating each pickup’s limited edition production number. The doors also featured unique yellow panels and bee decals.
But the Rumble Bee certainly wasn’t just about looks. Under the hood, it packed a 348-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 375 lb-ft of torque. Aptly named, this pickup became well known for being ready to rumble, and it definitely did it with a lot of style.
RAM 2500 Power Wagon
Calling on Dodge’s heritage as one of the first truck manufacturers in America, Dodge Ram brought back the Power Wagon name in 2005 and made it an official model in 2013. The company reintroduced the moniker on a version of the 2500 that was specially designed to excel in off-road settings.
The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 was the only engine option, and the truck came equipped with perks like electronically controlled locking differentials, 33-inch all-terrain tires from BF Goodrich, an electronically disconnecting front sway bar, a factory lift, and more. Ram also tuned the truck’s suspension specifically for off-roading. And there were plenty of other touches that were intended for hitting the trails. Clearance lights, tow hooks, and fender flares all came as part of the package.
Originally there were manual and automatic transmission options, but since 2010, Power Wagon models have all been produced with six-speed automatics.
In 2014, the Power Wagon received an engine upgrade, moving to a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 410 horsepower. The suspension also got some updating with a 5-link coil in the rear and a radius arm setup in the front. And for 2015, Hill Descent Control has been added as a standard feature, and there are also available power-folding mirrors.
The Power Wagon continues to uphold its reputation as one of the most hardcore off-roading pickups on the market.
Dodge RAM SRT10
Dodge RAM’s SRT10 made its first appearance at the North American International Auto Show in 2002 but did not officially reach production until two years later.
While Dodge Ram trucks primarily focused on heavy duty abilities that allowed them to haul and dig into any job, the SRT had its own talent: speed. It was created by the SRT engineers who worked on the Dodge Viper and the Plymouth Prowler. And they put the SRT10 through its paces in the wind tunnel. Many aspects of the SRT10’s exterior were decided by aerodynamics.
Where did the truck’s engine come from? The 8.3-liter V10 was taken directly from the Viper, marking only the second time in history that Dodge Ram equipped one of its trucks with an engine from the famed supercar. With 500 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque at the ready, the regular cab version of the SRT10 could accelerate from 0-60 in under five seconds.
In 2004, the SRT10 even broke a world record on the track, officially becoming the world’s fastest full size factory pickup truck. The adrenaline pumping pickup had a custom-tuned suspension that lowered the truck 2.5 inches, giving it a better stance for high speeds. And it also featured a wide power bulge and a hood scoop to allow cool air in while forcing hot air out to keep the engine running cool.
In addition to its mechanical enhancements, the designers of the SRT10 also made sure there was no mistaking it for any other pickup. Large chrome logos adorned the doors and tailgate, and a tonneau cover with a spoiler helped to augment the truck’s sporty looks.
Inside, the SRT10 was replete with premium features including an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, a color LCD navigation system, a leather trimmed steering wheel, a red start button, aluminum pedals, and more.
The SRT10 got such a positive response that in 2005, the company came out with a Quad Cab version and several special editions: the Viper Club of America Addition, Yellow Fever, the Commemorative Edition, and the Night Runner.
Overall, nearly 10,000 SRT10s were manufactured during the span of three years. The truck’s Viper-inspired looks and performance still make it a favorite of Ram fans today.
2015 RAM 1500 Rebel
The all-new RAM 1500 Rebel is yet another example of why Ram does it best. With distinct styling, tailored engineering, and satisfying capabilities, the Rebel is destined to become another one of the brand’s most popular models.
An exceptional, yet affordable option between the base 1500 and the Power Wagon, the muscly Rebel distinguishes itself from the rest of the lineup. A heavy duty grille that sports the brand’s name instead of logo and a tailgate with the Ram name in 5-inch lettering test out some new looks for the company.
A beefy aluminum hood, powder-coated skid plates, a deliberate fender and bumper design, and tons of Rebel badging all contribute to the truck’s aggressive appearance. Buyers can opt to get their Rebel with two or four-wheel drive, and there are also two engine options. You can go for either a 3.6-liter V6 or the more intense 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
Each is paired with an cutting-edge eight-speed automatic transmission that makes the ride smooth and helps reduce fuel consumption. Inside, the Rebel’s bold looks go on with seats embellished with Toyo tire tread marks. Radar Red trim and accents also help to give the interior a sporty tone.
In addition Ram has included a new and exciting feature in this play on the 1500. Drivers will find a unique holder made of grippy material built into the center console to make phones or tablets easily available.
This pickup’s got it all. It’s rugged, it’s daring, and it’s well-equipped. If you’re looking for a truck to satisfy your adventurous side…this is it.