September can be counted on for three things: baseball playoff runs, back-to-school specials, and truck news from the annual State Fair of Texas. This year, the marketing mavens at Ram have come up with yet another special edition for both their 1500 and HD series of pickups.
First up is the Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition. As the name implies, it bears a wide array of blacked-out trim including that found on the grille, badging, bumpers, and door handles. Building on the bucks-deluxe Limited trim, it also features 22-inch black wheels as standard equipment plus a tonneau cover (in black, natch) and the brand’s sport performance hood. It’ll be available with either a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain and with either of the truck’s three engines – a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6, 5.7L Hemi, or 3.6L Pentastar V6. Pro tip: get the Hemi. Prices will start at $53,690.
Not to be outdone, big bro Heavy Duty also gets dipped in a vat of inky black paint. Available on the Big Horn and Laramie models, the Night edition takes the Black’s monochromatic design and supersizes it for duty on the HD. There will be a black grille with body color surround, black badging, and dark bezels in the lighting lenses. For the first time, HDs equipped with dual rear wheels will get black paint applied to their 17-inch rims. Night will fall on both the 2500 and 3500 HD lines in either Crew or Mega Cab bodystyles and 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrains.
Ram has been eating the lunch of other truck makers this year, thanks to relentless production of what is essentially a three truck line: the new 1500, the old-style 1500 Classic, and the HD line. They were the first to crest 1000 lb-ft of torque in a consumer application, with the mighty 6.7L Cummins inline-six now making four figures worth of torque in certain applications.
Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition trucks begin reaching dealerships in late Q3 of this year. Ram Heavy Duty Night Editions go on sale later in the fourth quarter.