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Ram announces Code Black 2500 limited edition

Ram Australia has introduced a limited-edition version of its 2500 Laramie dubbed Code Black, with the pick-up special featuring a number of blacked-out cosmetic details.

Priced from $149,500 before on-road costs, the six-seat Code Black attracts a $10,000 premium over the standard dual-cab variant upon which it is based.

Buyers are compensated for the extra cost with the addition of matte black treatments to the grille, front and rear bumpers, badging, door handles and side mirrors.

Meanwhile, heavy-duty wheelarch flares have been added and are also finished in matte black.

Completing the upgrades are 20-inch black alloy wheels wrapped in Nitto ‘Terra Grappler’ 275/65 all-terrain rubber, two inches larger than the 2500 Laramie.

According to Ram Australia, these tyres offer a blend of “off-road performance in wet and dry conditions with on-road comfort and quietness’’.

These additions complement pre-existing equipment levels, which already extend to ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, nine-speaker audio system, sunroof and an exhaust brake.

There are no mechanical changes over the 2500 Laramie, meaning the Code Black carries over its 6.7-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder diesel engine, which produces 276kW of power and a thumping 1084Nm of torque.

Thanks to these outputs, the 2500 has a maximum towing capacity of up to 6942kg, which depends on the type of arrangement employed.

Drive is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

The introduction of this limited edition follows that of the 2017 model year 2500 and 3500 Laramie ranges in May, with updates including a second in-cabin microphone and revised 275/70 tyres for their 18-inch rims.

However, the headlining feature from the upgrades was the availability of the RamBox option for the 2500 Laramie, which embeds 243 litres of storage space into each side of its tray and also includes an adjustable bed divider system.

Since its introduction into the local market in January 2016, Laramie sales have steadily increased, with 170 units sold to the end of June this year.

Comparatively, 146 examples found homes during the same period last year.

Ram models are imported from the United States and converted to right-hand-drive for sale by American Special Vehicles (ASV), a sister company of HSV.

The 2500 Code Black is now available to purchase via Ram’s national dealer network.

Has Ram toughened up the 2500 Code Black enough to justify its $10,000 premium over the standard Laramie? Tell us what you think in the comments below.