Ram introduced another special edition Ram 1500 truck at the San Antonio Auto Show this week. The 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport Crew Cab is the latest of a line of factory-built special edition packages from Ram as they set the stage for the introduction of the next generation Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in January 2018.
The 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will be the final special-edition Sport that Ram will offer in the 2017 calendar year. Previously, Ram – for just the Ram 1500 Sport trim – has offered Sublime (Green), Copper, Ignition Orange and Black Sport Package editions since 2015. With bold colors and trim accents and key value features included, as limited editions, these trucks have kept buyers coming back for more.
“The custom look and high-impact colors have been well received in the marketplace and this new Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will surely stand out on dealers’ lots and in customers’ driveways,” says Mike Manley, Head of Jeep & Ram Brands. “Enthusiasts demand that their trucks get noticed and our Ram 1500 Sport lineup delivers a durable, powerful alternative with great visual appeal”.
Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport
The Hydro Blue pearl coat paint package is available on the Ram 1500 Sport crew cab with the 5.7- liter HEMI V-8. Both 4×2 and 4×4 models are included.
Distinctive special features on the Hydro Blue Sport include a Sport performance hood with a unique black decal, new-for-2018 body-colored Sport grille with black billet inserts and black R-A-M letter badge, as well as flat black exterior body-side and tailgate badges. Black bezel projector headlamps and LED tail lights complement the black body badges.
The Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport ties the monochromatic exterior theme together with body-colored front fascia, rear bumper, side mirrors and door handles. Forged, polished 22-inch aluminum wheels are standard on 4×2 models with polished 20-inch wheels standard on 4×4 models.
On the inside, the Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport features include blue color-matched highlight stitching on the instrument panel, heated steering wheel and door trim. Blue Sport embroidery accents the deluxe high-back, black, bucket, heated seats with mesh inserts, while blue Ram’s head logos flank the headrests. Blue anodized surfaces cover the instrument panel bezels, center console trim and door spears, as well as a new instrument panel badge. A black headliner completes the interior package.
Optional features include full leather seating and trim, 22-inch (4×2 only) and 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, black tubular side steps, chrome wheel-to-wheel side steps, Active Level air suspension, ParkSense and the RamBox storage system.
The Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport is on sale now – limited to just 2,000 trucks – with a base MSRP of $46,060 plus $1,395 destination.
Given the popularity of earlier Sport special edition packages – you should talk to your dealer now.
Ram Sport Special Edition History
Ram has been offering special edition packages on their popular Ram 1500 Sport model since the 2015 model year.
In spring of 2015, Ram debuted – what they called then – their “Buzz models in Sport Trim” limited to just 1,000 vehicles each. Two packages were offered, the Black Sport derived from their then Black Express package and an in-your-face colored Ignition Orange Sport which set the stage for the series of bold and brash colored Sport model package editions that followed.
Well pleased with the customer response to the Ignition Orange Sport special edition, Ram set out on a journey of offering special edition packages on their popular priced Ram 1500 Sport trim sans the ‘Buzz’ moniker.
In late 2016, Ram reintroduced the Ignition Orange Sport for the 2017 model year with limited production of just 1,500 of the bright orange trucks. As became the standard, the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport Ignition Orange was offered on the V8 powered (4×2 and 4×4) crew cab models only.
It should be noted that, at the same time, Ram also began offering special edition packages on their popular Ram 1500 Rebel off-road truck revealing the first of several to come– the Ram Rebel Mojave Sand – at that time. But that is another story.
The Ram 1500 Sport Sublime special edition package was introduced in Spring 2017 with a new and bodacious bright lime green exterior that was sure to attract attention. Just 3,000 of these V8 crew cab versions with their Sport Performance hoods and newly available big 22-inch Black aluminum wheels were produced. They did not sit long on dealer lots.
Earlier this year, Ram added a Ram 1500 Copper Sport special edition to the lineup. Featuring a very distinctive Copper exterior with Copper colored accents stitching and trims inside – Ram upped the ante by including a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system with subwoofer to the package. As had become the norm, Ram limited production to just 3,000 vehicles.
Note that Ram tells us this Ram Hydro Blue Sport is the ‘last one in the 2017 calendar year’. We fully expect at least one more, if not two, before the new generation Ram 1500 arrives on dealer lots late next year.
Get more information on the current Ram 1500 line of full-size pickup trucks here: https://www.ramtrucks.com/ram-1500.html
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