Back in 2003, Ram Trucks (formerly known as the Dodge Truck Division) introduced the Rumble Bee, a popular model inspired by the Super Bee muscle car of the late 1960s. Fast forward a decade and we now have a new HEMI-powered Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept to celebrate the 10-year anniversary and the heritage of Ram’s unique truck designs that include the Lil Red Express, Warlock and Power Wagon.
The Rumble Bee concept began life as a 2013 Ram 1500 R/T. Keeping with tradition, the lightweight, two-door; 2WD configuration is covered in “Drone Yellow” paint with a unique matte finish. A new “Speed Bee” design is swathed on both 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 over the Mopar tonneau cover.
Factory 22-inch wheels are replaced with gloss black, 24-inch, Vellano VRH custom rollers and a two-inch drop provided by King Suspension enhances handing performance and appearance with the help of a reservoir shock at each wheel. The grille, hood vents, badging, fuel door and the dual exhaust tailpipes are all coated in gloss black.
The Ram R/T-based interior features black and yellow leather sport mesh seats with two-tone stitching. “Rumble Bee” lettering and Ram logos adorn chairs, floor mats and door bolsters. The interior centrepiece is an actual amber-encased bee mounted into the eight-speed rotary shifter knob that lights up to expose a honeycomb pattern background. A real bee, how cool is that?
Two buttons below the knob control exhaust cutouts to bypass the Mopar cat-back dual-exhaust system, allowing the full sound force of a 395 hp 5.7 litre HEMI V8 to escape. The unique honeycomb pattern is shared with the door trim and the dash, where a milled aluminium “10th Anniversary” commemorative badge serves as the truck’s ID.
Those who like big bad trucks can also check out the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor and 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition. Speaking of the Raptor, lately we have seen local Ford Rangers sporting the big F-O-R-D grille of the monster truck!