Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept gets closer to production

Article by Christian A., on September 23, 2013

Chrysler Group’s Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept is one step nearer to getting the green light to be turned into a production vehicle. When the Rumble Bee concept was presented at the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan last month, Chrysler said that it will consider how people will react to the truck. The bright yellow Hemi-powered pickup is inspired by the Super Bee muscle car of the late 1960s.

Chrysler based this concept on a two-wheel-drive 2013 Ram 1500 R/T pickup. After listening to feedback from those who saw the concept, the company decided to bring it to dealer shows and approach dealers to see what they think, according to Ram's Dave Sowers when interviewed by Edmunds.

Sowers, the boss of Ram Truck's light- and heavy-duty marketing, said that the project can be done but that it will be difficult to create the exact same truck. The production version of the truck would probably not have the Drone Yellow exterior paint with its flat finish.

It also would not have the real bee embedded in the shifter. Sowers said that the truck has some features that won’t appear in volume production. The body, bumpers, flares and ground effects kit of the concept are painted yellow and feature a matte finish. A real bee is enclosed in clear plastic and placed on the rotary shift knob that controls the eight-speed automatic transmission.

It was in 2003 that the Ram Truck Brand unveiled the Rumble Bee, a prominent model that took inspiration from the Super Bee muscle car that came out in the late '60s. Presently, Ram revealed another HEMI-powered Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept to commemorate the 10-year anniversary and the legacy of Ram's exclusive truck designs that include the Lil Red Express, Warlock and Power Wagon.

Ram 1500 Rumble Bee maintains its strong fan base and what better place to honor its 10-year anniversary than at Woodward Dream Cruise. There's a great deal of vigor surrounding concept trucks and buzz models, and the Ram Design Team delights in manufacturing something that is exclusive for their clients to appreciate.

Rumble Bee concept began life as a 2013 Ram 1500 R/T. Maintaining the tradition, the lightweight, two-door; 2WD configuration is shrouded in "Drone Yellow" paint with an exclusive matte finish. The uncommon color/finish flows over the whole truck including the bumpers, flares and the Mopar ground effects kit. True to its form, a brand-new "Speed Bee" design is swathed on the two sides of the truck within a gloss black stripe that fades into honeycomb.

The stripe glides front to rear, around the top of the bed and above the Mopar tonneau cover to commemorate HEMI-powered cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which ruled the racing scene.

Stock 22-inch wheels are supplanted with gloss black, 24-inch, Vellano VRH custom rollers and a 2-inch drop from King Suspension that improves handing capability and looks with the assistance of a reservoir shock at each wheel. The grille, badging, fuel door, hood vents, and the double exhaust tailpipes are covered in gloss black, keeping the theme on all sides.

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