2011 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn: All Hat AND the Rodeo

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2011 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn: All Hat AND the Rodeo

Ram Truck Brand managers first rolled out their new Laramie Longhorn package at the State Fair of Texas just in time for the annual Red River Rivalry between UT and OU. They followed that with a victory at the Texas Truck Rodeo and a fold-out spread in this year’s SI Swimsuit Edition.
Recently a Laramie Longhorn-laden Ram 3500 Heavy Duty dually landed in my driveway for a week for me to opine.

First let me express my disappointment at Ram as there was no lovely leather leggings in the rear seat area as shown on pages 2 and 3. (Must be a dealer-installed item I guess.)

2011 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn: All Hat AND the Rodeo

OK, let’s get serious. Does the new Ram Laramie Longhorn have the goods to take on the longtime Texas favorite King Ranch package from Ford? Depends on your tastes and which part of the rodeo (and cut of beef) you prefer.

For those who prefer bull riding, calf roping and good old ribeye on the grill, King Ranch is going to be your baby. If you enjoy the barrel racing, trick riding and filet mignon, you are most likely a Laramie Longhorn candidate.

2011 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn: All Hat AND the Rodeo

The fellas at the barbershop are a mix of cattle- and horsemen but all were in agreement the fancy design and stitchwork inside the new Ram was a bit much for everyday. This was a truck for stepping out on the town at the denim and diamonds balls or the fancy new honkytonk uptown. Not too many of these will be found outside the local diner at dark-thirty in the a.m. on the daily run for coffee and biscuits.

Ram folks kinda echo that in their statements.

“The Ram Laramie Longhorn edition is going to share a driveway with some fine luxury cars,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The only difference is the Ram Laramie Longhorn edition is going to be the vehicle with the fulltime job – towing the horse trailer, taking the crew to the game, picking up supplies. It’s ready to go from the dirt to downtown.”

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2011 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn: All Hat AND the Rodeo

They launched Laramie Longhorn with quite a bit of fanfare as I mentioned above and the media in attendance at the State Fair even received belt buckles matching the new special edition badging that adorns fenders, tailgate, center console and seatbacks.

“We took Ram Laramie Longhorn’s design cues from traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares, such as the antique pocket watch, a fine pair of hand-tooled leather cowboy boots, a collector’s-grade shotgun or a horseman’s saddle,” said Ryan Nagode, Design Program Lead. “The metal work and leather work are second to none.”

The new Ram Laramie Longhorn is attractive. Some even compared the design work to that found on the chaps and saddles of Vaqueros (Mexican cowboys).

2011 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn: All Hat AND the Rodeo

Whatever your impression, Ram now offers an alternative to Ford’s King Ranch package. Underneath it is still all Ram truck and our tester came with the latest Cummins diesel powertrain taking full swings at the competition.

The truck wars may never end. For some they never began but here in Texas, the No. 1 truck market, competition is fierce and Ram has upped its game with the new Laramie Longhorn edition.

2011 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn: All Hat AND the Rodeo

Pricewise the 2011 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 dually we tested came in with a final sticker of $59,310 which I felt very reasonable when comparing against the competition. The last King Ranch Super Duty dually we looked at was about 10 grand more than that.

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About the Author

David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.