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Stings like a RumbleBee

Ram RumbleBee

Say what you will about Chrysler’s various weird n’ wacky concepts that often appear at auto shows and other events (ever heard of a “Rampage Jackson Challenger”? Look it up), you have to admit they have stones to be doing these things.

Indeed, its booth at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last year was one of the more interesting places to be.

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Chrysler has to be admired for taking its base cars, flipping the bird to the establishment, and creating something much crazier.

And, so it goes with the recently-unveiled Ram 1500 Rumble Bee (geddit?) Concept, a pickup truck that is about more than haulin’ bricks and towin’ boats.

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A word of caution, however: before you start to have visions of an updated version of 2004-06’s manic Viper-powered Ram SRT-10, think again, for it’s actually meant to celebrate the original Ram Rumble Bee, released 10 years ago.

Rumble Bee trademarks include Drone Yellow paint with a matte finish and matte black striping—and let’s not forget the ground effects courtesy of the Mopar performance division and the classic “Speed Bee” on either side of the pickup bed. Other visual tuning includes 24-inch Vellano VRH customs, and a two-inch drop courtesy of King Suspension.

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Inside, detailing like honeycomb trim with leather and mesh sports seats adorned with yellow piping and Ram Rumble Bee logos are eye-catching, but that’s not the kicker; borrowing a page from both Jurassic Park and Jaguar, the rotating gear lever actually has a bumblebee—an actual insect carcass—encased in amber and mounted on to the gearknob. Oh, I can just imagine how much the WWF likes that idea…Ram RumbleBee

Below the gearknob are two buttons used to bypass the dual cat-back exhaust, providing two additional levels of exhaust noise. Take that, Jag F-Type and your Dynamic Mode.

Power comes from the brand’s well-known 5.7-litre HEMI V8, making 395 horsepower and 407 lb-ft of torque, all channeled to the rear wheels; that’s right, it’s RWD only, meaning what you have with the Rumble Bee is perhaps one of the most unlikely drifting machines on the road.

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