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View Poll Results: Should the Ram Rumble Bee Concept See Production?
Yes, it is one awesome looking sport truck. 14 87.50%
No. Too much yellow. The old Rumble Bee was good enough. 2 12.50%
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Question of the Week: Should Chrysler build a new Rumble Bee Ram?

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Old 08-19-2013, 05:39 PM
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Default Question of the Week: Should Chrysler build a new Rumble Bee Ram?

The Chrysler Group debuted the new Ram Rumble Bee Concept this past weekend at the Woodward Dream Cruise. The truck looks awesome and I think that it should become a production model - at least in limited numbers.

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I voted yes, only if it has the 6.4.

If it has the 5.7, sorry but not terribly interested. It looks good, put some ponies under the hood to back it up.
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Yeah, it has to have the 6.4, no smaller than the 6.1. And I think they should have a yellow on black option. That's an *** ton of yellow.
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Already talking about it here as well

http://dodgeforum.com/forum/4th-gen-...com-video.html

The truck would cost way to much money to put a 6.4 in it. Given there is not a 6.4 in a truck yet the costs associated with putting it into a one time truck just makes no sense. Now, I know, there is a 2500 coming out with a 6.4. It is NOT the same 6.4 that you are all saying you want. That is being built as a work truck. This is a sport truck. Would require a totally re-worked suspension, brakes, programming, including shift schedules, on and on. As I said, all this work for a one off would make no sense and drive the cost of this limited production truck way to high to sell them. Slapping on some paint and accessories is nothing compared to a complete new drive train and suspension system.

Now... If they would build this as a introduction SRT, "special Rumble Bee edition", much like the first couple thousand Chally's were all SRT's, and the first Chally 392s were special editions then they could spread out all the concept to production costs into a new SRT Ram line in the following years. Thing is, I do not think they are anywhere near that stage, certainly not close enough to build something for 14, which is the whole point of the "10 year anniversary" Bee. Not to mention I am not sure there is a market for an SRT Ram. All the same factors are still in play as to why the SRT-10 Ram could not survive.

1. MSRP high. An SRT Ram would be a base Sport RCSB, IE R/T, which base is around 33K. Take the base Chally R/T at 30K, add the typical SRT package, you are now at 45K, so 15K mark up, are you ready to pay almost 50K for a 2WD RCSB Ram with little to no payload capability that seats 2? Maybe make it a Core? Ok you are now going to pay 43K for a SRT Ram RCSB with no payload, crappy radio, downgraded tires, no fogs and cloth interior.
2. Gas prices, they are still high. Never going back down. I average around 15-16MPG's in my 392 Chally, extrapalate from there. Of course I can push 25 on the highway, but come on, you are not buying this truck to cruise at 65. Real world MPG would be in the low teens, as in 13-14, if that.
3. Then you have the people who say we need a 4 door version, further weakening the market for the truck.

Do not read this wrong, I personally love the idea of a SRT Ram. But I, much like those who think it would be cool and want one are a very small majority. These are the same questions/factors that are floating around tables and discussions everytime someone @ Ram/Dodge starts debating this behind closed doors. Add in there are no real sport trucks on the market like the mid 00's and the conversation reaches a stall @ the table, or at least that is how I picture it happening. The only thing going for us (outside of Ralph appearing to be a true performance nut) is the fact the industry is getting better, profits are going up which allows for "play" things like this to happen, but at the same time you do not want to doom yourself to the same fate the past has given the industry. These are not easy decisions to be made within the industry, for any auto maker.

They could help the Bee with the 5.7 simply by doing the 4.10 gears, sheading some weight somehow and adding a special tune. Those with 4th Gen Rams that have aftermarket tuners know how much they help. That truck could be a mid 5 0-60 with little additional cost.
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Prefer my trucks to be good looking "haulers" and my sport customs to be in my passenger and sports cars
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I own one of the last breed-the '05 Ram Daytona. I still get well wishes and stares from that big wing. I say go for it. I'd LOVE to get a 10th Ann. Rum Bee but only if they offer true dual exhaust with the 4.10 gears. Oh by the way-make these true limited production trucks-make that production badge on the dash actually MEAN something.
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I own one of the last breed-the '05 Ram Daytona. I still get well wishes and stares from that big wing. I say go for it. I'd LOVE to get a 10th Ann. Rum Bee but only if they offer true dual exhaust with the 4.10 gears. Oh by the way-make these true limited production trucks-make that production badge on the dash actually MEAN something.
100% completely agree. Couldn't have said it better myself. If you're gonna pay big bucks, you better get something better than fancy guages, some bells/whistles, and a badge.
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Yes they should and they should put the 470hp 392 under the hood
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The truck would cost way to much money to put a 6.4 in it. Given there is not a 6.4 in a truck yet the costs associated with putting it into a one time truck just makes no sense. Now, I know, there is a 2500 coming out with a 6.4. It is NOT the same 6.4 that you are all saying you want. That is being built as a work truck. This is a sport truck. Would require a totally re-worked suspension, brakes, programming, including shift schedules, on and on. As I said, all this work for a one off would make no sense and drive the cost of this limited production truck way to high to sell them. Slapping on some paint and accessories is nothing compared to a complete new drive train and suspension system.
They already did it. Remember the Quicksilver? Sure it didn't have the 8 speed, but after all the one-offs Dodge has done in the past (and Jeep), can't be too hard for an engineer to do. Obviously they can get a Challenger to run with a Viper V10, they got a Charger to run with a V10 as well, the Quicksilver with the 6.4, all the Jeeps they've done with Hemis and such. Special projects are Chryslers forte, more than any manufacturer I can think of.
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I say no. Not hard to Change a paint color. Put some serious perks in and you got a deal. But a paint color and graphics to make it look fast don't cut it.
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Yes it should see production!
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Yes build it! Too much yellow, and throw in some HP
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4.56 gears would be better with maybe a CAI, nice exhaust and a more aggressive 91 octane tune.
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I vote yes! I have a '05 Rumblebee, just got it back in June. I love my truck, it suits me well and I like the added attitude. I really hate all the chromed out trucks with the muted paint jobs that are suitable only for old men who don't want to stand out in a crowd. But Im not blind to the fact that at the time, the RB is nothing but a limited edition appearance package. Theres nothing 'wrong' with that, per se. But why not really throw down the gauntlet? Do it as a true sport truck with enough features to make it a turn-key muscle truck yet leave some truck utility to it, and leave room for the owner/aftermarket to dial it in.

First off: Single cab only. Quad/crew cabs are fine for all around everyday haulers, but this is a niche vehicle. The added size and weight negatively affect performance. This is subjective, but to me single cab shortbeds are THE best looking trucks. Especially since I like more style and attitude over convenience.

Second: no 4x4 version. I was actually looking for a 4x4 when shopping for a truck, but the RB package is all about taking the Ram down the muscle car road. The wheels/ground effects, and overall attitude just don't really fly on a 4x4, it just looks confused. Im all for a stylish, performance oriented 4x4! Use the same regular cab formula and instead of taking cues from the Challenger/Charger, take some cues from the Wrangler and call it the Macho or simply Power Ram.

And 3rd, the RB has the looks of a muscle car combined with a truck so it has to have the hardware. Im ok with the 5.7 Hemi, I mean its good for 390 hp stock...with a performance tune and a few factory bolt on parts, it could be pushing 450 hp. But how about an available manual trans? The SRT-10 had one and so does the Challenger. Figure something out. Make the hood scoops fully functional. Theres no excuse for a fake performance hood on a muscle truck. Scrap the bench seat, this isn't your dads truck and its not your grampas buick. Give it a true dual exhaust, maybe a factory full performance system. Put some damn coke bottle mag style wheels on it! And finally, make it a truly limited edition. If it takes off and its a success, then that's great. Next year, revisit the Daytona package. Or the GTX package. Or do different homage.
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I like them, but I think they would want too much money for the special trim than what they are really worth. I would like them to do something different. Like maybe wait for the new 1500 diesel or maybe have it only run e85.
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