Today at the New York International Auto Show, Ram unveiled a limited edition of its new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty to commemorate the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition is based on the brand’s top Limited trim and features segment-leading capability and technology.
The May 4 running of the race marks the 10-year anniversary for Ram as the Official Truck of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.
“The Kentucky Derby remains one of America’s most recognized sporting events,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “This hard-working truck is packed with exclusive technology, luxury and good looks that make it fit to wear the Kentucky Derby name.”
The Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition trucks include exclusive trailer-towing content. Features include 360-degree surround-view camera with trailer-reverse guidance, fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep, active hitch grid lines, air suspension with bed lowering, Forward Collision Warning Plus with trailer braking, bed step and DOT safety kit. (Ram’s chief engineer of heavy-duty trucks, Rod Romain, talks more about their latest workhorse in the videos below).
The Ram Kentucky Derby Edition also includes Ram’s segment-leading Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen radio with Sirius XM 360L and navigation, power-retracting running boards and blind spot monitoring.
The Kentucky Derby Edition also includes premium full-leather front and rear seats (rear reclining on Mega Cab) combined with genuine wood and metal trim throughout. Uniquely-colored seating features a Black and Saddle Brown hybrid of Limited and Longhorn trims, accented with medium Greystone stitching and piping.
The exterior includes an exclusive, premium billet-appearance grille and body-color bumpers. Buyers can choose from seven exterior colors: Bright White, Pearl White, Delmonico Red, Diamond Black Crystal, Granite Crystal, Max Steel or Patriot Blue.
Not all the Kentucky Derby special edition features are aesthetic. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty breaks through the 1,000 lb.-ft. barrier with the powerful 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel and offers the highest towing capability in the segment at 35,100 pounds.
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition is available on 2500 or 3500 Limited, Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel I-6 or 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, 4×2 or 4×4, Mega Cab or Crew Cab, single rear wheel or dual rear wheel with 6 ft.-4in. or 8 ft. bed lengths. Dual rear wheel models include rear park assist with fender coverage.
Base price is $66,890 plus $1,695 destination charge for Ram 2500 and $68,240 plus $1,695 destination charge for Ram 3500.
The Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition will go on sale 3rd quarter 2019. Production is limited to 1,000 units.