First Drive – 2016 RAM REBEL – An Air-Ride Raptor?



2016 RAM RebelThe new RAM Rebel is the latest slayer to join the Dodge trucks lineup -- this time with its radar locked onto the Ford F-150 Raptor.

The Rebel wears unique bodywork for the giant power-dome hood and special, new-shape Rebel grille up front. Most of the numerous other body features are rock-proof black plastic accents -- the fender flares, badges and all brightwork is swapped for matte black. This includes the GIANT script on the tailgate. Color options include a few with a black lower body paint look across the doors and bed too, looking hot and functional-yet-macho.

Silver is the 4000-font size of the RAM name up front --- and will give nightmares to those who see the giant letters in their rear-view mirrors!  Perhaps a touch of dyslexia on my part, but editing the 80 photos below made me go slightly cross-eyed and see the words as WAR somehow.

That aggressive ethos might appeal to Rebel buyers. It is certainly a truck that is hardcore right down to its unique off-road protector plates, black-lined polished alloy wheels and special high-angle off-road bumpers.

On the road for this ultra-brief drive, the RAM Rebel is actually far more chill than its exterior would suggest. Air suspension with a massive range of selectable ride heights ensured a smooth ride, while the HEMI chugged hard and with a gorgeous exhuast note out of the twin straight pipes in back.2016 RAM Rebel Silver 77 2016 RAM Rebel Silver 46 2016 RAM Rebel Silver 41

An as-tested price of $52k is competitive with the Z71 Silverado and F-150 Platinum or King Ranch, yet seems a bit steep in the grand scheme of things. The base price for the 4x2 (yes) Rebel is about $43k, but this jumps to $45k with four-paw traction. Standard spec includes the 395-horsepower HEMI V8 engine to a class-best eight-speed automatic transmission promising 22-mpg on the highway. The full standard equipment list is below and is pretty loaded. The trims comparo feature (listed below) in the RAM builder shows the Rebel as the third-to-top trimline, just below Laramie Longhorn and also-new Limited spec.

Numerous Rebel-specific features like the $170 Rebel gauge cluster design are still options -- helping keep the base price of the Raptor-fighter in the low $40s. Unfortunately for our quick photoshoot, the long options list did not include HID bulbs for the black-tinted projector headlights operating lowbeams. LEDs for the amber running lights, front blinkers and brake lights are credibly premium versus 2015 truck competition, if not the next-gen 2016 Silverado and Titan XD.

Perhaps the most unique selling proposition for the RAM Rebel? The standard air suspension!  Check of a sample of the easily-adjusted ride height options via low/high settings in the animated gif here.rr

Overall, if you love the RAM brand and want to shout it from the fast-lanes, rock-trails and grain silos.... the Rebel will shout it the loudest.

Underneath all this bluster is actually a fantastic truck with a smooth ride, outstanding powertrain and compelling cabin tech.

RAM Builder

 

2016 RAM Rebel

 

 

 

2016 RAM 1500 REBEL CREW CAB 4X2 5'7" BOX

All Standard Features

 

Model HighLights

Key Features
Additional Key Features
Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
Off-Road Truck Package
Supplemental Side-Curtain Airbags
Electronic Stability Control
Folding Flat Load Floor Storage
Off-Road Truck Rubber Floor Mats
Remote Keyless Entry with All-Secure
Rear Power Sliding Window
115-Volt Auxiliary Power Outlet
Power Front Windows w/ 1-Touch Up and Down Feature
Power 10-Way Driver / 6-Way Passenger Seats
Sport Tail Lamps
Bi-Function Projector Black Headlamps
LED Fog Lamps
Black Grille with RAM Lettering
Sport Performance Hood
Black Powder Coated Rear Bumper
Black Powder Coated Front Bumper
Dual Rear Exhaust with Bright Tips
26-Gallon Fuel Tank
Heated Steering Wheel
Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
Speed Control
Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
Perforated Steering Wheel with Red Stitching
Front Bilstein Monotube Perf Shocks
Rear Bilstein Monotube Perf Shocks
Electronic Shift
Cargo and Center High-Mounted Stop Lamp
Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System
Additional Key Features
Engine/Transmission
5.7-Liter V8 HEMI® MDS VVT Engine
8-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR 5.7L ENGINE
3.21 Rear Axle Ratio
32-Gallon Fuel Tank
Multimedia
Uconnect® 5.0
Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
6 Speakers
5.0-Inch Touchscreen Display
Media Hub (USB, Aux)
Seating
Premium Cloth Seats with Embossed Tread Pattern
Rear 60 / 40 Split Folding Seat
Rear Under Seat Storage Compartment
Second-Row In-Floor Storage Bins
Folding Flat Load Floor Storage
Bucket Seats
High Back Seats
Wheels/Tires
17-Inch x 8-Inch Alum Wheels w/Matte Black Pocket
LT285/70R17E BSW All Terrain Tires
Toyo Brand Tires
Full Size Spare Tire
EPA est. MPG
EPA est. MPG: 15 city/22 hwy

Interior & Exterior

Additional Features
1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service
115-Volt Auxiliary Power Outlet
12-Volt Auxiliary Power Outlet
120-MPH Primary Speedometer
160-Amp Alternator
17-Inch Steel Spare Wheel
26-Gallon Fuel Tank
7 Pin Wiring Harness
730-Amp Maintenance Free Battery
Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Ash Tray Lamp
Automatic Headlamps
B-Pillar Black-Out
Bi-Function Projector Black Headlamps
Black 5.7L HEMI Badge
Black Grille with RAM Lettering
Black Headlamp Filler Panel
Black Powder Coated Front Bumper
Black Powder Coated Rear Bumper
Body-Color Door Handles
Body-Color Fuel Filler Door
Bright Rotary Shifter
Bucket Seats
Cargo and Center High-Mounted Stop Lamp
Carpet Floor Covering
Class IV Receiver Hitch
Conventional Differential Front Axle
Conventional Differential Rear Axle
Dash Liner Insulation
Door Parts Module
Driver / Passenger Assist Handles
Dual Note Electric Horns
Dual Rear Exhaust with Bright Tips
Electronic Shift
Electronic Stability Control
Electronic Vehicle Information Center
Electronically Controlled Throttle
Fixed Long Mast Antenna
Flat Black Ram 1500 Badge
Floor Tunnel Insulation
Folding Flat Load Floor Storage
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Front Bilstein Monotube Perf Shocks
Front End Parts Module
Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert
Front Stabilizer Bar
Front Wheel Well Liners
Full Length Upgraded Floor Console
Full Size Spare Tire
GPS Antenna Input
Heated Steering Wheel
Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
Heavy Duty Transmission Oil Cooler
High Back Seats
Instrument Cluster with Display Screen
Instrument Panel Color Keyed Bezel
Instrument Panel Parts Module
LED Fog Lamps
Locking Tailgate
Next Generation Engine Controller
Non-Adjustable Pedals
Off-Road Truck Door Trim Panel
Off-Road Truck Rubber Floor Mats
Overhead Console
Passenger-Side Sun Visor with Mirror
Perforated Steering Wheel with Red Stitching
Pickup Box
Power Accessory Delay
Power Lumbar Adjust
Power Rack-and-Pinion Steering
R1234YF Air Conditioning Refrigerant
Ram Glove Box Badge
Rear 60 / 40 Split Folding Seat
Rear Bilstein Monotube Perf Shocks
Rear Dome Lamp
Rear Power Sliding Window
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Rear Under Seat Storage Compartment
Rear Wheel Well Liners
Rebel License Plate Bracket
Remote Keyless Entry with All-Secure
Seat Parts Module
Second-Row In-Floor Storage Bins
Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System
SiriusXM® Sat Radio w/ 1-Yr Radio Subscription
Speed Control
Sport Performance Hood
Sport Tail Lamps
Temperature and Compass Gauge
Tilt Steering Column
Tip Start
Tire and Wheel Parts Module
Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
Tow Hooks
Toyo Brand Tires
Trailer Tow with 4-Pin Connector Wiring
Traveler / Mini Trip Computer
Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
Climate Control Options
Air Conditioning
Exterior Paint Procedures
Lower Two Tone Paint
Glass
Tinted Glass Windows
Tinted Windshield Glass
GVWR Packages
GVW Rating - 6,800 Pounds
Mirrors
Black Exterior Mirrors
Exterior Mirrors with Heating Element
Power Heated Mirrors with Manual Fold-Away
Rearview Mirror with Microphone
Sound System Components
5.0-Inch Touchscreen Display
Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices
Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth®
Media Hub (USB, Aux)
Remote USB Port
Remote USB Port - Charge-Only
Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
Speaker Systems
6 Speakers
Tires
LT285/70R17E BSW All Terrain Tires
Wheels
17-Inch x 8-Inch Alum Wheels w/Matte Black Pocket

Performance

Engine
5.7-Liter V8 HEMI® MDS VVT Engine
Transmission
8-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR 5.7L ENGINE

Safety & Security

Convenience/Security Options
Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
Heated Front Seats
Height-Adjustable Front Shoulder Belts
Power 10-Way Driver / 6-Way Passenger Seats
Power Door Locks
Power Front Windows w/ 1-Touch Up and Down Feature
Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Supplemental Side-Curtain Airbags
Supplemental Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags

Dimensions & Capacities

Exterior Dimensions
Cargo Area - Bed Height: 20.0
Cargo Area - Bed Length: 67.4
Cargo Area - Bed Width Wall: 66.4
Cargo Area - Bed Width Wheel: 51.0
Ground Clearance - at curb weight - Approach Angle: 20.9
Ground Clearance - at curb weight - Breakover Angle: 20.6
Ground Clearance - at curb weight - Departure Angle: 21.3
Ground Clearance - at curb weight - Running Ground Clearance: 9.4
Overall Body Width: 79.4
Overall Height: 77.6
Overall Length: 229.0
Overhang - Front: 40.0
Overhang - Rear: 48.4
Track - Front: 68.6
Track - Rear: 68.0
Turning Diameter - curb-to-curb - Left: 39.3
Turning Diameter - curb-to-curb - Right: 39.3
Wheelbase: 140.5
Interior Dimensions
Cargo Capacity: 50.3
Head Room - Front: 41.0
Head Room - Rear: 39.9
Hip Room - Front: 63.2
Hip Room - Rear: 63.2
Leg Room - Front: 41.0
Leg Room - Rear: 40.3
Passenger Interior Volume: 125.3
Seating Capacity - Maximum Seating: 6
Seating Capacity - Standard Seating: 2
Shoulder Room - Front: 66.0
Shoulder Room - Rear: 65.7
Capacities/Weights
Base Curb Weight - Automatic Trans: 5421
Base Curb Weight - Manual Trans: Not Applicable
Capacity/Weights - Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.0
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - Maximum: 6900
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - Standard: 6800
Payload Capacity - Standard: 1379
Towing Capacity - Maximum: 10300
Towing Capacity - Standard: 8150
Basics
Brakes - Front: Disc
Brakes - Rear: Disc
Driveline Configuration: RWD
EPA Classification: PUST2WD
Maximum Number of Doors: 4
Steering: Rack & Pinion
Suspension - Front: Ind
Suspension - Rear: 5-Link
Tires - Aspect Ratio: 60
Tires - Construction: R
Tires - Spare Tire Type: Full Size
Tires - Type: P
Tires - Wheel Diameter: 20.0
Tires - Width: 275
Tops - Standard Top: HF
Vehicle Type: Pickup Truck
Mobility
Body Opening Width : 34.0
Open Door Angle: 65
Open Door Trim to Body: 25.1
Seat Cushion Height from Ground: 37.8
Seat Cushion to Rocker Panel: 7.9
Step-Out Height : -0.5"
Step-Out Width: 5.3
Step-Over Height from Ground: 22.6
Warranty
Basic - Miles: 36,000
Basic - Months: 36
Gas Engine - Miles: 36,000
Gas Engine - Months: 36
Powertrain - Miles: 60000
Powertrain - Months: 60
Roadside Assistance - Miles: 100,000
Roadside Assistance - Months: 60
Rust-Through - Miles: 100,000