Decadent, but not depraved

The 145th Kentucky Derby is coming up on May 4th, and Ram is celebrating with the release of a fresh limited run of its popular Heavy Duty truck. Making its big debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the new special-edition workhorse gets a few unique exterior styling bits, extra interior comfort-enhancers, and a raft of standard gear to make hauling your four-legged investments even easier.

What Makes The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Special Edition Special?

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While not terribly different from the standard Ram HD, the new Kentucky Derby Special Edition does stand out from its non-special edition brethren thanks to a billet grille insert with wide, polished slats, as well as body-colored bumpers rather than polished metal.

Exterior color options include Patriot Blue, Granite Crystal, Pearl White, Max Steel, Bright White, Delmonico Red, and Diamond Black Crystal.

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Based on the HD’s top-trim Limited model line, the Kentucky Derby Special Edition’s cabin is decked-out with acres of finery, including full leather upholstery for the front and rear seats. The hide is finished in a Black and Saddle Brown color-combo and punctuated by Greystone stitching. Wood and metal trim complement the premium feel. Power-retracting running boards aid ingress and egress.

The infotainment spec includes the latest Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen, and includes Sirius XM 360L plus navigation and Blind-spot Monitoring.

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Looks Menacing, Pumps out 1,000 Pound-Feet!
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Motivation is sourced from a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel inline six-cylinder, which produces 400 horsepower and over 1,000 pound-feet of torque, just like the standard model. Towing capacity remains static at 35,100 pounds.

If that sounds like overkill, you can also grab the Kentucky Derby Special Edition with the HD’s gas-powered 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, which produces as much as 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Ram Heavy Duty specifications

Engine 6.4-Liter HEMI V8 6.7-LITER CUMMINS TURBO DIESEL I-6
Type And Description 90-Degree V-Type, Liquid-Cooled, with Valve Timing (VVT) Inline, liquid-cooled, turbocharged, intercooled
Displacement 392 cu. in. (6,417 cu. cm) 408 cu. in. (6,690 cu. cm)
Bore X Stroke 4.09 X 3.72 (103.9 X 94.6) 4.21 X 4.88 (107 X 124)
Valve System Pushrod-Operated Overhead Valves, 16 Valves, Eight De-Activating and Eight Hydraulic Lifters, all with Roller Followers Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 24 valves, hydraulic lifters
Fuel Injection Sequential, Multiport, Electronic, Returnless Electronic high-pressure common rail
Construction Deep-Skirt Cast-Iron Block with Cross-Bolted Main Bearing Caps, 356 Aluminum Cylinder Heads with Hemispherical Combustion Chambers Compacted graphite iron (CGI) block cast-iron head
Compression Ratio 10.0:1 19.0:1
Power 410 HP (306 Kw) @ 5,600 RPM 370 hp (276 Kw) @ 2,800 RPM
Torque 429 lb.-ft. (582 N•M) at 4,000 RPM 850 lb.-ft. (1,084 N•M) @ 1,700 RPM
Maximum Engine Speed 5,800 RPM Limited 3,200 RPM
Fuel Requirement Unleaded Regular, 87 Octane (R+M)/2 Ultra-low sulfur diesel
Oil Capacity 7.0 Quarts (6.6 Liters) 12.0 quarts (11.3 liters) with filter
Coolant Capacity 16.6 Quarts (15.75 Liters) 23.8 quarts (22.50 liters)
Transmission ZF 8HP75 — AUTOMATIC EIGHT-SPEED six-speed automatic

Both Mega Cab and Crew Cab configurations are offered, as well as single-rear wheel or dual-rear wheel drive, and either a six-foot-four-inch bed, or a full-length eight-foot bed.

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As you’d expect, the Kentucky Derby Special Edition comes with plenty of towing gear, including:

  • 360-degree surround-view camera, plus trailer-reverse guidance
  • fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep
  • active hitch grid lines
  • air suspension with bed lowering
  • Forward Collision Warning-Plus with trailer braking

Pricing starts at $66,890 for 2500 models and $68,240 for 3500 models. Production is limited to 1,000 units total. Look for the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition to go on sale this fall

Further Reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 2500 Limited.

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Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon.

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2019 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 Limited Kentucky Derby Edition is packed with capability, technology and luxury
Ram serves as Official Truck of Churchill Downs® and the May 4 Kentucky Derby®
April 17, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Today at the New York International Auto Show, the Ram Truck brand 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 fittingly 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 hardworking 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 that makes them ideal tow vehicles. Features, including 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, allow customers to tow their precious cargo with confidence.

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.

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. With that in mind, not all the Kentucky Derby special-edition features are aesthetic.

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, 4x2 or 4x4, Mega Cab or Crew Cab, single rear wheel or dual rear wheel with 6-ft.-4-in. 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 is on sale now. Production is limited to 1,000 units.

About Ram Truck and the Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby are steeped in tradition and Ram will again be part of the festivities at this year’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 4.

In recognition of 10 years as the “Official Truck” of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby and exclusive automotive partner, Ram will launch the first heavy-duty truck to commemorate the event, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition.

Ram’s partnership with the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs includes immersing fans attending the races, and those watching the festivities on TV, in a total Ram Truck experience. Fans will see on-site truck displays, video board integrations, backcountry and trackside signage throughout Churchill Downs, and more. In addition, Ram television spots will run during the NBC network telecast and there will be Derby posts on Ram social channels. Fans can follow the content and join the conversation at hashtag #RamDerby.

About the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Limited
Exterior: A mesh grille leads with a chrome “R-A-M” badge and dark-chrome accents surround the added inlets. Chrome bumpers, tow hooks, body-side molding, mirrors and door handle accents combine with standard 20-inch wheels with chrome inserts. A body-color bumper option is available. Automatic power side steps and body-colored fender flares are standard.

Interior: Limited trim also benefits from a segment-exclusive 100-percent full-grain hand-wrapped leather dashboard, door-panel coverings and armrests. Elevating the premium feel further, real aluminum and wood accents adorn the cabin, along with a wood upper glove box door with a metal inlay “Limited” badge. Uconnect 4C with 12-inch touchscreen is standard. At night, the cabin is accentuated with ambient lighting to create a luxurious and soothing atmosphere for passengers. Limited interior colors include Indigo/Light Frost Beige or all-Black leather seating. Front seats are heated and vented. Rear leather seats are heated.

About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles.

That focus leads Ram to design the industry’s most innovative, award-winning trucks, emphasizing durability, strength, technology and efficiency.

With a full lineup of trucks, including ProMaster and ProMaster City vans, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go. From the no-compromise Ram 1500 that defines the future of pickup trucks with innovative design, the highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology, to the Ram Heavy Duty which combines the ability to out-power, out-tow and out-haul every single competitor with the segment’s most comfortable ride and handling, Ram is committed to product leadership.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
Most powerful: 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
Highest towing capacity: 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
Heaviest payloads: 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road

Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the Ram Truck lineup steps forward with the full force of modern capability providing confidence-inspiring features and class-exclusive vehicle safety.

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