American Special Vehicles, the Australian importer for RAM Trucks, has announced a limited edition model, called the Redback 2500 which hits Australian showrooms carrying no on-road costs until the end of the year.
Priced at AU$149,500, the Redback 2500 gets a new black “PowerWagon” grille losing the traditional chrome crosshair arrangement. The tailgate also gets cosmetic treatment with the RAM name emblazoned across the width and some REDBACK badges.
In case you’re not from down under, the Red Back Spider is one of the most deadly arachnids, packing plenty of punch for its size. This new model is a nod to the feisty little creature.
Further differentiating itself from the rest of the RAM range, the Redback 2500 gets red tow hooks at the front (which are said to mimic the spider’s fangs), plus there are bonnet and side decals, black side steps, 20-inch black wheels shod with off-road tyres, all housed in black wheel arch extenders. The colours available? Red (of course) and, you guessed it, black.
Under the bonnet is the standard 6.7-litre Cummins turbo-diesel which produces 276 kW and a huge 1084 Nm of torque, meaning there’s the potential for the Redback 2500 to be able to tow almost seven tonnes. Yes, that’s right, depending on how it’s set up, a maximum towing capacity of up to 6942 kg is possible.
The rest of the truck is the same as the American version, with plenty of cargo space in the tray and lots of room inside the cabin. But of course, being an Australian model, the steering wheel sits on the right-hand side of the vehicle.
The lack of on-road costs is part of RAMFEST, American Special Vehicle’s current sales promotion which eliminates the extra fees until the end of the year. American Special Vehicles is a tie-up between Ateco Automotive and Walkinshaw, which converts the RAM trucks to right-hand drive in its Melbourne factory.