Building off of the solid base of its 1500 pickup, Ram has announced a dark horse in its stable, the Ram Black Express, which comes equipped with a bevy of features to distinguish it from the regular Express model. (Just don't call it a black sheep.)

The Black Express sets itself apart visually from other 1500s with black 20-inch aluminum wheels, black bumpers, a black grille and front fascia with fog lamps, black Ram's head badges front and rear but no side badges for a clean, shaved look. The premium bi-function halogen projector headlamps with LED running lights, which aren't even an option on the regular Express, come standard on the Black edition.

The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is unchanged, making 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Paired with the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the truck can tow 6,500 pounds. It's on sale starting this month, and the base Black Express can be had for $26,955, just $1,105 more than the base Express 4X2 regular cab. Feel free to peruse the press release below and check out the image gallery below.

UPDATE: Paired with the standard six-speed automatic transmission, the Ram 1500 Black Express can tow up to 9,250 pounds.
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Ram Introduces New "Black Express" Model for 2013

July 11, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - For 2013, Ram has taken one of its most popular models and loaded it with attitude.

The Ram Black Express takes a combination of style, performance, capability and value and transforms into the "baddest-looking" factory-built truck on the market.

The 2013 Ram Black Express is distinguished by its all-black exterior. Starting with 20-inch black aluminum wheels, it also adds a black front fascia with fog lamps, black grille surround with black hex-link inserts, black rear bumper and black Ram's head badges on the grille and tailgate. All body-side badging has been removed.

"Ram Trucks are known for their bold, in-your-face presence," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand. "The new Black Express takes Ram's aggressive good looks to an all new sinister level by 'blackening out' the entire truck while maintaining a great price."

The Ram Black Express also features premium bi-functional halogen projector headlamps with black bezels, 15 amber LEDs for park/turn/position lamp and three amber LEDs for the side marker. The taillamps also include black finishes and are comprised of 15 red LEDs with three red LEDs for the side markers.

The 2013 Ram Black Express is available in two- and four-wheel-drive models and a choice of regular cab, quad cab or crew cab body styles.

Ram Black Express pricing starts at $26,955, plus $1,095 destination charge.

The 2013 Ram 1500 Black Express will begin reaching dealerships in July 2013.

About the Ram 1500 Express

The Ram 1500 Express is aimed squarely at first-time buyers and owners who are seeking a vehicle with performance and style that they can customize and make their own.

"With HEMI® power and sport-truck styling, the Ram 1500 Express has been one of our most popular models," added Bigland. "Young and first-time buyers expect to get a lot for their money. Ram 1500 Express gives them great looks along with HEMI® horsepower, torque, towing and payload, in a choice of cab sizes -- all at a fantastic price."

In addition to the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology, 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, the Ram 1500 Express comes loaded with content that emphasizes its high-performance character.

The Ram 1500 Express features a racy, monochromatic paint scheme. A body-colored grille with black honeycomb inserts, body-colored front fascia and body-colored rear bumper with chrome-tipped dual exhausts emphasize its sport-truck credentials. The Ram 1500 Express also includes fog lamps and 20-inch aluminum wheels with locking lug nuts.

The Ram 1500 Express also features a locking tailgate, cargo lamp, rear-bumper step pad, 6-inch-by-9-inch sideview mirrors and rear wheel-well liners.

Standard features also include a 160-amp alternator, 26-gallon fuel tank, 3.55 rear-axle ratio, 700-amp maintenance-free battery, four- and seven-pin trailer wiring harness, multi-link coil rear suspension, heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, electric power steering, heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling, and a full-size spare tire.

The Ram 1500 Express Crew and Quad Cab buyers get a choice of cloth or vinyl 40/20/40 split-bench seats in black / diesel gray with either carpeted or heavy-duty vinyl floor covering. Other features include air conditioning, an instrument cluster with tachometer and 120-mph speedometer, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, four-spoke tilt steering wheel, six-speaker media center 5-inch touch screen with MP3 audio jack and 1.5-amp USB input for mobile devices, automatic headlamps, dozens of storage bins, driver- and passenger-assist handles, power accessory delay, rear dome lamp, rearview day/night mirror, tinted-glass windows, tip start and variable intermittent windshield wipers. Power windows and locks, and front and rear floor mats also are standard on the Crew and Quad Cab models.

Safety features include advanced multistage front air bags, supplemental front-curtain and side air bags, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, brake assist, rain brake support, ready alert braking, all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation, hill-start assist, trailer-sway control, height-adjustable shoulder belts, Sentry Key® theft deterrent system and a tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.

Ram 1500 Express is available in Black Clear Coat, Black Gold Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Copperhead Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Flame Red Clear Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Mineral Gray Metallic Clear Coat, Prairie Pearl Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat or Western Brown.

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      That's just cool. Simplicity makes the lines look good.
      • 2 Years Ago
      8 speed or go home! I just picked up my RAM Sport with the 8 speed and it's one of the main reasons I waited to buy one and why I bought the RAM over the other two. ZF designed and used in MANY other Mfg's cars as well.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That really is awesome and a great value. And no, not a truck 'Merican guy saying this. My last 4 cars were Subaru, VW, Volvo and Infiniti.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the F-150 Tremor package to come out so the comparison tests can commence! But where the hell is Chevy at? The Tremor is going to offer 365 hp and 410 lb-ft starting at $24,500. The Express offers 395 hp and 410 lb-ft for $25,900. Both have reasonably nice interiors and nice alloy wheels at that price. What does $25,000 buy you in Chevy land? A base model stripper with a hideously outdated V6 that doesn't even make 200 hp, a crap interior, and steelies. Chevy needs an answer for the cheap sporty truck market, because the Express is selling like hotcakes for Dodge, and I expect the Tremor to do the same.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a Dodge guy, but I actually like this.
      • 2 Years Ago
      26k wow that is a steal!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just bought a F-150 with a similar look. It's my first truck and I have never been a 'chrome' guy so the stealth all-black look really did it for me. I think my F-150 looks even better than this Ram but I'm biased of course.
        • 2 Years Ago
        biased or not...hard to ignore the facts! btw....enjoy your truck!!
      Larry Roloston
      • 2 Years Ago
      For only like a $1000 more? Count me in!
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Serious question. Does less gears equal to better towing power? Thanks for any help
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not really... There's MANY different things that factor into towing capacity. My RAM with the A8 and 3.92 axle is capable of towing 10,000 pounds. The A8 has a MUCH lower 1st-3rd gears compared to the A6. The A8 and A6 have the same final (top) gear ratio though.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Depends on the ratios and how much torque and stress it can handle
        • 2 Years Ago
        In general, a transmission with less gears has stronger gears, because usually the packaging envelope for the transmission is the same if you have 5, 6, or 8 gears, so if you have less gears to pack into the same space, you can make them bigger and therefore stronger. On the other hand, with more gears you can make the first couple of gears more closely spaced and with a deeper ratio, and since you can get more mechanical advantage that will place less stress on the gears that you use for towing. So it depends on a ton of different factors. But IN GENERAL, yes, a transmission with less gears will be stronger and offer a higher tow rating.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gaurenteed to be purchased by overweight middle-aged caucasian gentleman and never to see any kind of off-road duty, or anything in the bed besides a big-screen tv from Best Buy and takeout chicken wings.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Such an incredibly stupid comment I can't even began to desrcibe how wrong you are. Wait Yes I can cause I'm smarter then you. For starters I think Rob J was right about roid ragers wearing tapout shirts liking this truck. But also anyone who is under 30 and into trucks is gonna love It. Also anyone over 30 who still acts like they are under 30. Will love it. The over 30 crowd will be mostly white. But they will not be overweight. They mostly will be in pretty good shape and wearing a Ed Hardy T Shirt that is too small.. And also will be bought by hard working blue collar folk. Who will also off road any chance they get. They themsleves like to look tough and want their truck to look tough as well. All of the potential buyers will be concerned with image that's why they are buying the truck. And with that being said. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Too each their own. I my self am tired of the black out look. But then again I'm a little over thirty and don't wear ed hardy. nor do I care about how others view me. There was a time a few years ago were I wouldve loved this thing.
          • 2 Years Ago
          Well said. The murdered out thing is getting a bit tired - I still find it gorgeous, but not for me. Maybe a flat white vinyl wrap?! Leaving all the black details. Storm trooper truck!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could do this in about 2 hours, with 20 dollars worth of plasti dip.
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