The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel V-8 4×4

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The 2015 Rebel V-8 4×4 is the aggressive response from Ram to the upcoming Raptor, even when they deny this. This truck comes with really sexy visual modification and not much more besides. It has been slightly tuned for increased off-road performance in comparison with other Ram models.

This way, the 2015 Rebel can be described in a few words. “A sexy truck with no major improvements, focused on getting a hostile look” could work. Ram explicitly mentioned that they aren’t competing with the Raptor. Well, they should be because the popular Ford truck is crushing every other truck in terms of sales.

Let’s known more details about the 2015 Rebel.

Drivetrain and Specs

The 2015 Rebel packs an HEMI 16-valve 5.7 V8 with iron block and aluminum heads denominated as the EZH. This power plant is capable of generating 395 hp at 5600 RPM and a maximum torque of 410 lb-ft at 3950 RPM. Paired with this machinery, there is an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with manual shifting, known as the 8HP70.

With this setup, the 2015 Rebel can go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds and reach an electronically limited speed of 106 mph (171 km/h). But these aren’t the impressive numbers. The 5420 lb (2458 kg) heavy-duty truck has a maximum towing capacity of 8150 lb (3697 kg), making it highly practical. There is a short-a-long arm suspension in the front and a multi-link in the rear.

In mechanical terms, this model is exactly the same as other Ram models, adding a few tuning for improved off-road experience. The auto-leveling suspension works properly while the transmission offers multiple driving modes. The 4-wheel ABS with front ventilated discs are accompanied with massive 33-inch Toyo tires. When four-wheel drive, this truck is unbelievable entertaining. For some, the ESC could spoil the experience.

Hostile Look

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Yes, the 2015 Rebel looks mean. Really mean. Highly appealing visual upgrades make this Ram angrier. Available in dark paint jobs, this truck features a revamped front fascia, which is bold and brawny, as the rest of the body kit. The double cabin is necessary for a model like this one, with so many muscles to offer. Two air intakes on the hood are perfect of the overall theme. Black-themed elements are found in both exterior and interior design. The 17-inch aluminum wheels with matte black finish are a good example.

When we get to the inside, a sexy combination of pale red, aluminum, and black is found, decorating most elements on the dashboard. Seats are upholstered with black and red vinyl. Red stitching attracts the attention to the massive steering wheel. The 8-way driver seat and the 4-way for the passenger are really comfortable while there is enough space inside the cabin for 5 adults’ passenger in comfortable conditions.

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In the matter of toys, we get a keyless entry with illuminated entry-path, electric power-assist steering, a Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system paired with a 6-speaker sound system, and LCD monitor, and many other enriching features. Plenty of optional are available, but the comfort is ensured at every level of configuration.

The Bottom Line

The 2015 Rebel is a good, well-made work truck, slightly focused on off-road journeys. Its main attractive is the visual upgrade, nothing more. Huge performance differences aren’t going to be found between Ram models. While the 2015 Rebel has a good value in comparison with the Ford F-150 Raptor, we most say that the latter is the undisputed king of modern trucks.

The base price is US$47.565.

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