Ram revives their Warlock nameplate for a special edition of the 1500 Classic pickup.
Ram cannot make enough of the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup. That’s why they continue to make the 2018 version but call it the Ram 1500 Classic. And to keep sales of the 2018 Ram as strong as ever, they’ve dug up a long-forgotten name from Dodge’s past: the Warlock.
Built between 1976 and 179, the Dodge Warlock was basically the same as any Dodge pickup but with “fancy wheels, fat tires,” and a bunch of chrome, wood, and gold accents. It was the 70’s, so we’ll forgive Dodge the excessive wooden exterior, including “real oak sideboards” covering the bed.
Thankfully, Ram has the presence of mind to not put a wooden picket fence around the bed of a 1500 pickup. Instead, they have given the Warlock name to a very goth version of the Ram 1500 Classic.
What we see is basically a Ram 1500 Rebel, but black as the night it was conjured from the abyss. The Rebel grille is darkened out, the headlight bezels are blackened, and the front and rear bumpers are given a powder coat that sucks in light like a black hole. Just about the only thing that slightly reflects the sun is the dark-painted 20-inch aluminum wheels with a slightly glossy finish.
Black badging and black tow hooks complete the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired exterior.
On the inside, Diesel Grey cloth seating comes standard along with a black leather steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an older 7-inch cluster display. Optional upgrades include heated seats, a newer 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment screen with navigation, black side steps, Sport hood, and a black spray-in bedliner.
Under the hood is the usual 3.6-L Pentastar V6 with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft or the optional 5.7-L HEMI V8 with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Both route power through an 8-speed transmission.
The Warlock doesn’t need to come in all black. You can also get it in Blue Streak, Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Diamond Black, Delmonico Red, Flame Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel, Pearl White, and True Blue.
Sticker price starts at $35,345 and comes available in 2 or 4-wheel-drive, quad or crew cab, and a 5’7” bed. Dealers should get the Warlock starting near the end of spring.