For over a decade now, performance versions of a pick-up trucks have been made to tackle off-road antics. Whether it be on the Ford F-150 Raptor or the Chevy Colorado ZR2, adding lift kits, knobby tires and beefed up suspension components has been the name of the performance truck game. This wasn’t always the case though, with genuine sport trucks like the F-150 Lightning and the GMC Syclone focusing strictly on street performance in the not-too-distant past. FCA has hinted that they remember these sport trucks of yesteryear with a Ram 1500 concept truck that made rounds at the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise.
The Ram 1500 Low Down concept was created for SEMA back in 2018, but FCA has been quietly gauging the public’s reaction for over a year now. This black and grey two-tone concept is aptly named, as the truck sits two inches lower than standard thanks to an air suspension system. This isn’t the first time Ram has used an air suspension system, as they offer the Active-Level Four-Corner air suspension option, which includes automatic load leveling for greater efficiency. The Low Down also features a hard tonneau cover, massive five-inch dual exhaust tips, a performance dome hood, and Mopar fender flares with exposed fasteners that are currently available for purchase. Beneath the flared arches sit a pair of gloss black 22-inch wheels wrapped in 235/45R22 Goodyear Eagle Touring street tires.
Under all the sporty appearance upgrades, the Low Down concept is mechanically a 2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn. Under the hood sits a stock 5.7 liter Hemi V8 that produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. According to MotorTrend, a decision will be made later this year or into next year on whether to add the prototype lowering kit and performance hood to the Mopar catalogue.
While we love the off-road focused trucks that are on sale today, the prospect of a true sports truck returning to the market is exciting. Even if the Ram 1500 Low Down’s suspension kit is just an accessory option, the added variety is certainly welcome.