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Zero to 60: Rebel Yell

Aug 26, 2015 02:15PM ● Published by Dia

Eyeing the popularity of sport trucks for some time, Fiat Chrysler has officially joined the race for the attention of active truck enthusiasts. By way of an off- road style overhaul of its Ram line of pickups, the all-new Ram 1500 Rebel has both literally and figuratively set it’s sights on the competition— namely the Ford F-150 Raptor.

With its newest endeavor, “Ram Tough” has emerged in an all-black grille that is a substantial departure from Dodge’s iconic “cross-hair” design. The blacked-out Rebel grille is just the beginning of an aggressive off-road persona that carries from black powder-coated bumper to bumper and every- thing in between, including black wheel-arches, mirrors and lower body panels. Even the truck’s bi-functional projector headlamps take on the dark of night from within—you guessed it—black bezel encasements.

Resting atop elaborately designed 17-inch, matte black aluminum wheels, 33-inch Open Country all-terrain tires and ride-softening Bilstein rear shocks, the Rebel is as capable as it looks. A 3.6-liter HEMI V-6 engine unleashes 305 horses for more han 8,000 pounds of towing capacity. Drivers who enjoy the unbeaten path will appreciate the truck’s 25 mpg rating and its rear anti-spin differential. The lat- ter turns both rear wheels in tandem when increased torque is applied to get drivers free from most any obstacle. When not in use, the system automatically unlocks the differential, allowing the wheels to spin independently during normal on-road conditions. Extra power, to the tune of 395 horsepower, is also available through an optional 5.7-liter V-8 engine.

Inside its crew cab, Rebel is every bit as brawny as it is outside. With an eye for rugged detail, the cab’s tech- nical grain black vinyl seats have been embossed with the exact tire tread pattern matching the truck’s actual footprint. The seats, the door armrests, and the Ram logo-embossed center console are all finished in Radar Red with Light Gray accent stitching that all come together to complete a rugged, yet refined presence.

Starting at an MSRP of $42,790, the Rebel is at the top end of the Ram lineup exceeded in price only by its Laramie and Limited models. However, priced slightly below the Raptor ($46,190) and with its off- road capabilities, towing capacity and stylish finish, the Dodge Ram 1500 Rebel speaks for itself.

DETAILS

Engine: 3.6-liter HEMI V-6

Horsepower: 395 hp MPG: 25 mpg 

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