While the first image in your head when you think about a real Texas Ranger (and not the baseball team) is a man on a horse with a cowboy hat and a holstered gun, the truth is that today the only horses a Ranger sees are under the hood of his or her truck’s hood.
With this idea in mind, the folks over at Ram Trucks decided to make a one-off concept truck that highlights these modern-day Rangers. Ram works closely with not only the Texas Rangers themselves, but their hall of fame and museum as well. After seeing how clean and well thought out the Ranger Ram is, we’re hoping it makes its way into Ram’s lineup for us to buy soon.
The Lone Star Badge
Inside and out, the Texas Rangers Ram was made to celebrate the Rangers, focusing heavily on their iconic silver Lone Star Ranger badge that we’re all familiar with. Outside the truck the first thing you’ll notice is the Texas Rangers badging. The single star in a circle as the Rangers badge started in the 1870s, but not as a commonly issued badge. Instead, Rangers would get these cut out from Mexican coins and were not required identification as they are today. These simple identifiers over time became standard issue to all Texas Rangers.
The badges on the Ranger Ram aren’t silver, nor are they made from Mexican coins, but the milled aluminum pieces are a perfect stand-in for the badge. You’ll find one of these on both front fenders as well as one on the tailgate. The 20-inch wheels also each have a Ranger star for their center caps, too. Moving inside, the iconic badge is found in the leather seats as well as the center console and the instrument cluster.
The interior of the Texas Ranger Ram is where it really shines. The biggest update inside the Ram is the etched Canyon Brown and Tan leather seats. These are the same seats as are found in Ram’s Longhorn Edition with a few upgrades. First, the etching on the upper bolsters give the seats a great look, and as we mentioned above, the Texas Ranger Lone Star logo is added to the upper part of both front seats.
While the Lone Star logos outside might not be real Mexican pesos, inside the truck there are actually a few real Mexican five-peso coins to be found. These hide inlaid in the wooden sections of the door bolsters. The front doors have heads showing and the rear have tails. While these aren’t machined into Ranger badges, they’re still a great way to harken back to the original Rangers.
Speaking of wood, the Ranger Ram has wood accents throughout the interior, including Canyon Brown stained walnut wood trim pieces throughout the interior to match the seats perfectly.
Since the truck is built for the Rangers, there’s even a locking vault in the center console to keep anything you don’t want getting into a bad guy’s hands, like evidence or the Ranger’s .45 ACP Colt.
In short, the Ranger Ram is beautiful. From the Ranger-themed U-Connect infotainment system to the color and even the Mexican pesos in the doors, this is one seriously awesome truck.
Thankfully, Ram hasn’t ruled out a possible production run of the Ranger Ram, but if you want to see it now you’ll only be able to find it in Texas as it makes a tour of the state to promote the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. Top to bottom the truck is solid and speaks to the Ranger heritage better than could be expected.