The Mopar ’10 Dodge Challenger started it all. What, we hear you cry? Special edition models by Mopar of course. We loved what they did to that Challenger; it got a bonnet-venting system along with a unique engine cover, a cold-air intake system and front and rear strut tower braces. Just 500 were made, and only available in Brilliant Black. Then came the 2011 Charger, 2012 Chrysler 300, 2013 Dart, 2014 Challenger, and 2015 Charger R/T – all done-up by the in-house tuner. Well now, it’s the Ram’s turn for some Mopar fine-tuning – the first time for a truck in fact. And boy, does the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel look good. But sadly, that is all it will do as the changes are just external.
But, this dress-up package for the base 2016 model Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4x4 sure will get a lot of attention, if not any extra more punch. The cosmetics include a Mopar custom aluminium bonnet (it features a matte-black graphic), off-road wheel flares, 17in satin black wheels, a black skid plate covering the power steering box, and stainless steel treadplates to go with the stripe package which runs all around the truck. It comes in just two colours, Brilliant Black once again or a mix of the former with Flame Red.
It is a bit of a shame that Mopar did not give the special edition truck, which has a 5.7-litre V8 and which just 500 will be made (they come with a special owners kit that features the truck’s er, birth certificate…) a bump up in power but as it stand, the motor makes a pretty healthy 395 horses and is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. However, there is some good news for those who want more oomph. Mopar can fit a cold air intakes system along with a cat-back exhaust if you ask nicely enough. But, it’ll cost you extra. Most people might not bother especially when Mopar is charging around Dh196,000 for the ’16 Ram Rebel – which is around Dh20,000 more than the base Ram 1500 Rebel.