The Ram 1500 Limited is one impressive car already, considering that it is the range-topping model. Now, the automaker has decided to give it more personality and class while getting inspiration from America’s most famous horse race.
2019 Ram 1500 Limited Kentucky Derby Edition gets some extra amenities. There will also be a slight discount that will come with the new 1500 Limited. The Limited’s normal base price is $53,890 (before destination), versus the Kentucky Derby Edition that has a starting price of $53,190 (plus an extra $1,645 destination charge). In fact, only 2,000 units of this horse racing inspired model will be built by the automaker.
To let these trucks stand out from the rest, there are the rose and horseshoe Kentucky Derby logo on each side of the bed near the taillights. These will also be the first Ram 1500s that will be available in the new Ivory White Tri Coat paint. Buyers also have the choice to go for the following shades: Delmonico Red, Diamond Black Crystal, Granite Crystal, Max Steel, or Patriot Blue.
Other features that have been carried over from the Limited’s exterior include the chrome grille and side hooks. The running boards make it a little easier to get into the truck. The pickups come standard with a set of 20 inch wheels, but there are 22 inch wheels that can be chosen as an upgrade.
Some of its safety features include a trailer switch control, blind spot monitoring, and automatic trailer detection that make hauling even a horse somewhat easier. In fact, the 2019 Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,759 pounds when properly equipped.
Same with the normal 1500 Limited, the trucks have excellent mechanical features. It comes with a 5.7 liter V8 that produces 395 horsepower (295 kilowatts) and 410 pound feet (556 Newton metres) of torque.
This engine works with an eight speed automatic transmission that gives power to the rear wheel, or a four wheel drive system, depending on the buyer’s choice. There is also an auto leveling air suspension that improves handling too. The Kentucky Derby Edition will only be available in Crew Cab body configuration and with a five foot, seven inch long (170.2 cm) bed.
In the cabin, the pickups are dressed in leather upholstery, up front and even in the back. The seats are also heated and ventilated. Leather is contrasted with wood and metal trim that enhances the interior as well. Of course, technology is advanced too with the massive 12 inch infotainment system with navigation dominating the center stack.
The Kentucky Derby is set to take place on May 5 at Churchill Downs.