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2017 RAM 1500 Copper Sport and HD Night Editions: Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2017 RAM 1500 Copper Sport is a limited edition of this highly respected full-size pickup truck. The thing that makes it limited is that for the first time it now comes in Copper Pearl paint, along with copper-closed stitching in the cabin, and only 3,000 units will be produced. The rear-drive version has massive 22-inch alloy wheels, while the all-wheel-drive variant remains fairly stylish, with 20-inch alloys. They both enjoy a 9-speaker Alpine audio system that includes a subwoofer. It comes as a crew cab truck with a 5.7-liter V8 making 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

RAM’s Chicago show stand is also trembling under the weight of special editions of the heavy-duty RAM 2500 and 3500 trucks known as “Night” models. As the name suggests, there’s a lot of black involved in this appearance package. Models with the package come in crew cab form, with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, and engine choices are a 5.7-liter V8, 6.4-liter V8 or a 6.7-liter Cummins inline 6-cylinder turbodiesel. This latter unit has a massive 900 lb-ft of torque.

How Much?

The 2017 RAM 1500 Copper Sport starts $46,950. The 2017 RAM 2500 Night starts at $46,840.

When Can You Get It?

End of February 2017 for the Copper Sport; the Night HD models are available now.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

Having a great RAM truck isn’t quite enough and you really, really, really want to stand out.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Chevrolet Silverado/2017 GMC Sierra — The Silverado and Sierra (they’re essentially the same vehicles) offer plenty of capability in all three sizes (half-ton, three-quarter-ton, one-ton).

2017 Ford F-150/250/350 — Superb machines. It would be foolish not to consider one of these when buying any kind of pickup.

2017 Nissan Titan/Titan XD — Great new truck in half-ton form, or the XD slots just under the three-quarter-ton bracket.

2017 Toyota Tundra — Only available as a half-ton truck, but still excellent.

Used Ford F-150 Raptor — There are plenty of special editions of all sorts of trucks, but the desert-racing Raptor is really something special.

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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More

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