2016 Ram Sport Black Edition 1500 4×4 Crew Cab, 5.7L V8 Hemi, Sunroof, Navigation, Heated & Cooled Leather Interior, Heated Steering Wheel, Park-Sense® Front and Rear Park Assist System, Bluetooth, Power Rear Sliding Window, Trailer Brake Control & Trailer Tow Package, Black 20” Wheels, Black Step Bars, Bed Liner, Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension System, Power Adjustable Pedals, Remote Start, Sport Performance Hood, Heated & Power Folding Mirrors, Premium bi-functional halogen projector headlamps with Black surround, Premium LED taillamps with Black surround, Balance of Factory Warranty and ONLY 34,949 kms
We exist in a society that relies heavily on looks. It’s a sad truth, and one we all have to live with whether we agree with it or not. Looks not only attract or dissuade, they also send a very clear message. In high school, it was grunge/jock/prep/valley girl and in the car world it’s mundane/ sophisticated/ sporty /get the hell outta my way or I’ll crush you.
So, where does the ’15 RAM 1500 Black Sport fit into this mosaic of vehicle looks on the road? Well, you might have guessed from the name that it falls into the last category I mentioned above. And no, not the valley girl! This thing looks properly mean and aggressive on the road, fully blacked out everything, and larger than life in every way. Do I think it works? I most definitely do.
Driving an enforcer – Thanks to the overly aggressive and “mean” look of the 2016 RAM 1500 Black Sport, I felt a bit like I was driving the biggest bully on the block wherever I went. With blacked-out everything, and a menacing chrome and black grille that filled every rear window and rearview mirror instantly upon approach, I found little in the way of traffic or cars in front of me all week. They were all too scared to stay there.
Sitting on 20” black aluminum wheels, with flat-black everything (badging, grille), as well as a sport performance hood with snarly looking flares, it really does look like a menace — of the coolest kind. And perhaps it also had something to do with the dual exhaust system channeling the baritone rumble of the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine out the rear and across the surrounding areas that also intimidated all who dared stand in my way. With 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, the 5.7L ensures the RAM 1500 is capable of towing up to 10,650lbs and that it can manage a payload of 1,820lbs. Those are big-boy numbers that ensure while the RAM 1500 Black Sport may look like a poser, it is more than capable of putting in the necessary work.
Coupled with that 5.7L HEMI V8 is a Torqueflite 8-speed transmission that’s a pleasure to manipulate and works really well with the V8. Never a jerky gear shift, never a confused moment with the transmission, the RAM 1500 sailed smoothly from one location to the next, just not very quietly.
Not just a tough looking truck, the Ram Black can put in work when it needs to. You can also pull up to car meets and get just as much attention as the exotic sports car worth twice or three times as much, and in my opinion, it offers the best looks on the road when it comes to pickup trucks.
The Black Sport is Ram’s S550 limousine equivalent. It’s swaddled in leather. We’ve long known that trucks can be outfitted like a bordello’s boudoir; the Ram 1500 Black Sport Crew Cab takes the hedonism to a new level though.
The Ram’s 5.7-litre Hemi is a smooth operator as well. Most importantly it’s eminently civilized, not a noise, vibration or harshness reaching the driver at any speed. Hooked up to the eight-speed autobox, the 1500 exploits the most of its 410 pound-feet of torque, keeping the engine in the lowest, and smoothest, part of its powerband.
This rig has tough looks and a snarling V8 to back it up. Every last bit of the exterior is blacked out, from the badges to the wheels, making this truck look mean and ready to take your lunch money!