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RAM 1500 LIMITED NIGHT EDITION Base price: $155,990 Powertrain and economy: 5.7-litre turbo-petrol V8, 291kW/556Nm,...
  • RAM 1500 LIMITED NIGHT EDITION
  • Base price: $155,990
  • Powertrain and economy: 5.7-litre turbo-petrol V8, 291kW/556Nm, 8-speed automatic, 4WD, combined economy 13.6L/100km, CO2 316g/km (source: RightCar)
  • Vital statistics:5833mm long, 2097mm wide, 1917mm high, 3569mm wheelbase, 22-inch alloy wheels.
  • We like: Good looking, comfortable, lots of storage
  • We don’t like: Massive, thirsty despite being a mild hybrid, a little obnoxious

Ram has brought a new 1500 into the country, the special Night Edition. It brings mild hybrid assistance to the 5.7-litre V8, updated styling and lots of blacked-out trim. But is it worth nearly $160,000?

Why so expensive?

A new face hides some new tech in the Ram 1500 Limited Night Edition.

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A new face hides some new tech in the Ram 1500 Limited Night Edition.

Probably because it’s an expensive process converting it from left-hand to right-hand drive, but also because the Night Edition is kitted out with just about everything Ram offers.

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That includes the RamBox, which adds special storage cubbies to the tray (that definitely aren’t gun-sized), a tailgate tray extender, a new 12-inch portrait touchscreen, a 900-watt Harman Kardon 19-speaker audio system (it’s loud), lots of leather trim, and a newly electrified Hemi V8 (it’s not so loud).

The RamBox comes standard on the Limited.

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The RamBox comes standard on the Limited.

Also standard is active air suspension on all four corners, larger 22-inch rims, electric side steps that automatically drop down when you open the door, and active safety gizmos like adaptive cruise control.

Think of the 1500 Limited Night Edition as what happens when you tick every box on the options list, and paint it all black.

Is it still huge?

Believe it or not, those wheels are 22s.

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Believe it or not, those wheels are 22s.

Yep, even though the 1500 is the smallest Ram of the bunch. There’s the 2500 and 3500 above, both available here if you decide you need to be the biggest thing on the road, buses and heavy commercial trucks included.

The 1500 is nearly six metres long and over two metres wide, which means it barely fits in most carparks. There aren’t any “oh I can squeeze in that one” allowed here. It’s also big enough to one-up your average ute, which is always fun. Especially when they prove how unbothered they are about it by aggressively tailgating, then passing you.

Somewhat strangely, the mass doesn’t equate to a lot of payload, with a quoted 701kg. You can make up the deficit in towing though, with the 1500 able to haul up to 4500kg. Americans are all about towing.

Does it feel big to drive?

There is lots of stitching, leather and nods to the wild west, which is sort of at odds with the massive touchscreen.

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There is lots of stitching, leather and nods to the wild west, which is sort of at odds with the massive touchscreen.

Weirdly, not so much. Aside from parking, narrow city streets and the more windy rural roads, obviously. But you don’t really notice the width as much as the height. You really tower over most other things on the road, with the Ram’s grille big enough to almost completely cover the rearview mirror of the car in front. Whether or not that’s a good thing is up to you, but it’s hard not to feel a bit obnoxious…

While the width isn’t much of an issue while driving, it is noticeable from the inside. The passenger is seated so far away from the driver they’re basically in another car, helped by the extra-wide centre armrest.

There is plenty of double-stitched seams, with ornate patterns that look like they belong on a horse saddle in the wild west, which is certainly intentional. It does blend somewhat oddly with the massive 12-inch touchscreen though.

Tell you what though, it doesn’t actually feel that big to drive in the corners. Sure, you’ve got nearly three tonnes of mass to wrangle and, yes, you feel every kilo of that, but there has been some smart engineering to keep the 1500 driving right.

The steering doesn’t have all that much feel, but it’s fast enough and weighted nicely, and the fat rubber offers a good amount of mechanical grip. There aren’t any flappy paddles, but you can set a ‘gear limit’ to stop the transmission at a certain ratio. You don’t really want for the paddles either, the gearbox is pretty good at figuring out when to change up or down.

The engine is good too, although the power figures are neutered by the weight of the 1500. It’s clear that this sort of truck will benefit hugely from electric power, especially considering the V8 here doesn’t make that much noise, and it’s more geared around torque. In fact, Ram says the Limited is the quietest 1500 ever, and seems to be keen on maintaining that, so bring on the volts I say.

Should I buy this over a normal ute?

The engine does have mild hybrid electrical assistance now but it doesn’t do much for fuel use.

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The engine does have mild hybrid electrical assistance now but it doesn’t do much for fuel use.

I can’t really tell you that, but if you’re asking, you probably already know the answer. There are already a million and one complaints about our roads, and while the 1500 is certainly a comfy ride and doesn’t feel as wide as it looks, it’s still about 20cm wider than a Ford Ranger, which becomes quite apparent when you’re navigating rural roads.

The Ram also can’t carry as much in its tray, and uses a lot more fuel, despite its extra electricals. I averaged in the mid-to-high 16s for litres per hundred kilometres, compared to the 8.6L/100km (claimed) of the Ranger. Plus, it has a 118-litre tank, so filling it up is not cheap.

But, if you’re a wannabe American that just wants the image without any of the other stuff, or just want to tow very big things it’s hard to look past the 1500. Honestly, if Ram decided to shrink the 1500 to about three-quarters of its current size, down to around the size of a typical ute, and gave it a set of electric motors, it would be fantastic. But, we can only dream.

Despite having a 5.7-litre V8, the 1500 doesn’t sound particularly amazing. Better as an EV, perhaps?

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Despite having a 5.7-litre V8, the 1500 doesn’t sound particularly amazing. Better as an EV, perhaps?

Any other cars I should consider?

Trucks costing above $150k are a rare breed, but you could look at Shelby New Zealand’s selection of hot F-150s. Pricing for those is hard to come by, so best hit up Shelby if you’re interested.

The only other locally-available competitor with a factory warranty is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 which is also remanufactured by Walkinshaw and packs similar specs and equipment.

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