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Hold Your Horses! 2019 Ram HD Kentucky Derby Edition Is Here

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Time to celebrate 145 years of that famous horse race.

Here at the New York Auto Show, Ram has released official details of its 2019 2500 and 3500 Limited Kentucky Derby Editions to help celebrate America's most famous horse race. These two big pickup trucks, already renowned for their hauling capabilities, have been given even more luxury and higher price tags. Limited to 1,000 units, the horse-inspired 2500 will set you back $68,585 while the 3500 costs $69,935. Both prices include the $1,695 destination charge. So, what do you get extra for that amount of cash?

These special editions trucks receive a billet-finish grille and body-color bumpers and seven exterior color choices: Bright White, Pearl White, Delmonico Red, Diamond Black Chrystal, Granite Chrystal, Max Steel, and Patriot Blue. But what makes them better for horse hauling?

There's a 360-degree camera system with trailer reverse guidance, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning plus with trailer braking, gooseneck preparation, and an air suspension with bed lowering. Even the 12-inch infotainment screen offers active hitch grid lines for better maneuvering. There's also a bed step for easier rear cargo access and power-retracting running boards to reduce the cabin's step-up height. And, of course, both trucks are quite luxurious inside, featuring leather upholstery in a mix of Black and Saddle Brown with contrasting Greystone accents. Ram also added a mix of wood and metal trim.

Under the hood are a choice of two engines: a 6.4-liter V8 with 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic, or a Cummins 6.7-liter turbo diesel with 400 hp and 1,000 lb-ft linked to a six-speed slushbox. The latter option can tow up to 35,100 pounds and has a maximum payload of 7,680 pounds.

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The Kentucky Derby Editions are available in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations as well as single or dual rear wheel setups. Customers can also get Mega or Crew Cab body styles. For the past decade, Ram has been the official truck of the Kentucky Derby, which will hold its 145th running on Saturday, May 4. Sales of the Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition will commence in the third quarter of this year.