This might be the best interior on a new truck today.
Ram has worked with eight-time Grammy-winning artist Chris Stapleton to create this: a custom Ram 2500, which the brand calls the Ram "Traveller" truck. The special edition Ram build was built to commemorate Stapleton's exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Chris Stapleton: Since 1978.
Stapleton has previously worked with Ram to donate instruments for students at the musician's old high school in his hometown of Paintsville, Kentucky. Stapleton, along with Ram's design team, built a truck with design touches that hark back to the Ram truck lineup of the 1970s and '80s.
Stapleton, a bit of a truck guy himself, as any good country musician is, built the exterior off one of his favorite trucks- a '79 Ram Palomino. That truck has nods throughout the vehicle, including the truck's striped graphics. The wheels are another vintage touch, inspired by Ram trucks of the 80s. The 18-inch wheels come wrapped in BFG A/T tires.
Yet another 80s-inspired touch is the "Traveller" badging on the outside of the truck. The font is taken right from Ram's playbook from some 40 years ago. The hood ornament has been tweaked as well, and Ram says it's about creating a homage to the trucks of the past infused with today's Ram design.
If you ask us, the interior is where the truck shines. A Bison Brown shade is used throughout the interior, and all sorts of interesting materials are used- frankly, a relief from the monochromatic seas of leather in cars these days. The headrests are done in a red Buffalo plaid, the same pattern as Stapleton's shirt on the cover of his debut Traveller album.
There's also walnut trim, cloth seating, and guitar amp-inspired speaker grilles. They're a "Marshall" badge away from the real deal. Finally, Stapleton's signature is inlaid into the wood instrument panel.
The truck's creation coincides with Stapleton's recording of Al Green's "I'm a Ram" on November 11.