Ram Texas Ranger edition
Ram Texas Ranger edition
Posted on March 31, 2015
In case you didn't know, the Dallas Auto Show is running
this week. It doesn't generate much buzz as it's almost entirely geared towards
Texans. But, this week is a little different as Ram revealed a new concept we
like the look of, the Ram Texas Ranger edition.
Based on the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, the truck celebrates
Ram's long time partnership with the Texas Rangers. Let's see if we can
complete this piece without mentioning Chuck Norris!
The Ram Texas Ranger edition features the silver Lone Star
badge inside and out but it's quite low key, which is nice for the rest of us.
The alloy wheels use a badge as their centre cap, there's a badge on each
fender and one on the tailgate. Other than that, it's a very subtle addition.
New colour schemes feature on the concept that make it stand
out much more. Bright White and Bright Silver Metallic colours are very modern
and striking at the same time. For those alone we would buy one of these!
Inside, the truck has a tooled leather interior with more
Long Star badges and four Mexican Peso coins inlaid in the wood. The original
badges and the current ones apparently are made from Mexican Pesos, presumably
moulded into the badge.
There is also a one-off aluminium Texas Ranger instrument
panel motif, new centre stack, centre console and interior trim to celebrate
the law enforcement agency.
The Ram 1500 is one of the best-selling trucks in North
America. With its signature diesel engine, big front end and lots of chrome,
there is a lot to love about the Ram. Add continuous improvements to the
interior, drivetrain and ability of the truck and you have a great truck to
live with day to day.
The standard 3.6-litre V6 engine delivers 305 hp and 269
lb-ft. There is also a 5.7-litre V8 that generates 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of
torque and a 3.0-litre EcoDiesel engine that produces 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of
torque. All use an eight speed automatic transmission.
A class-leading cabin adds to the attraction of the Ram.
It's a solid piece of engineering that manages to be both hard wearing and
comfortable. Specced right, it can be almost as luxurious as a sedan. Good
quality materials, lots of technology, touchscreen controls and keyless entry
are all options on the 1500 and all are worth the investment.
The Ram Texas Ranger edition may be based on something
Texan, but the colours alone make this a truck to watch out for!