New Ram 1500 Black Express is the 395-hp Johnny Cash of pickup trucks (PHOTOS)

Updated Jul 17, 2013

2013 Ram 1500 Black ExpressNot allowing Ford much time to revel in its latest sport truck and replacement to the SVT Lightning, Ram Truck has responded to the F-150 Tremor with a powerful and sleek pickup of its own in the 2013 Ram 1500 Black Express.

This is the Johnny Cash of pickups. It’s got an all-black exterior including black 20-inch aluminum wheels, headlamps with bold black bezels, taillights with black finishes and an all-black grille. Even the Ram’s head logos on the front and rear have been blacked out and all side-body badging has been removed for a clean, custom look.

The interior comes in cloth or vinyl and in your choice of black or diesel gray. Choosing gray seems a little odd  as it would definitely throw off the whole “all-black” thing, but maybe that’s just us.

But the Black Express isn’t all looks. Inside is a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that pushes 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s available in two- and four-wheel-drive models and in regular, quad or crew cab body styles.

Ram says the truck is aimed at younger and first-time buyers who value both style and performance. And the price makes that clear: the truck starts at just $28,090.

You can expect to start seeing these pop up at dealerships by the end of this month.

2013 Ram 1500 Black Express

2013 Ram 1500 Black Express

2013 Ram 1500 Black Express