According to several of our sources, we could be on the verge of seeing a Ram 1500 R/T or SRT pretty soon. Or might it be called the Ram 1500 GT?
In a recent Automotive News article on the recent introduction of the Dodge Dart GT, auto writer Larry P. Vellequette notes that everyone expected the sporty performance compact to be given the familiar R/T badging, but instead was labeled GT. The little car gets the snappy engine, manual transmission and all the standard sporty accents and details expected in an R/T model -- except it's not called an R/T.
A Chrysler spokesperson said in the article that the segment had gone through some changes since the proposed Dart R/T model was announced, so the automaker decided to load it with all the performance pieces, discount the price and call it a GT. Could this mean we'll be getting a sportier Ram trim package that could possibly debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit? Maybe at the Chicago Auto Show next month? And could that model be called the Ram GT? We certainly hope not.
If Ram Truck does decide to bring back a sportier pickup, we hope the automaker names it properly and calls it the R/T Package or, more simply, the SRT Ram. Attach Super Bee or Daytona or whatever name you like, but just give it the punch it deserves. And if Ram wants to discount the model price a bit, that would be even better.
As some may recall, we spotted a 2013 Ram R/T regular cab RamBox pickup at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Mich., during its What's New for 2013 media event last summer. We also remember the Quicksilver concept Mopar had at the 2011 SEMA Show. The add into the mix this mock-up Chris Doane put together for us and we wouldn't be surprised if all this smoke lead to something new from Ram Truck. We should note that Ram Truck has not confirmed the R/T, but we still think it would be a pretty good idea.