The Ram 1500 is a brilliant pickup truck. In effect, it’s the plush, sophisticated and comfortable luxury car of your dreams — but it also happens to be capable of hauling mulch or towing your boat.
So maybe, somehow, in some universe, it makes sense that Italian custom automaker Aznom would take the Ram and use it as the basis for the Palladium, a coach-built, all-terrain-conquering sedan featuring a rear seat that the company promises will be “not unlike a throne.” Aznom says its “hyper-limousine” is ready to fill “a rather interesting and exclusive niche.”
The Aznom Palladium’s looks, if they can even be described in human language, seem to resemble the offspring that would be produced from the mating between the Ram 1500 with a Rolls Royce Cullinan. It uses Ram’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8, somehow tuned up to 700-plus horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. Aznom says it will achieve a limited top speed of 130 mph and accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. No word on what the estimated fuel economy is.
Aznom does not list a price on their website, but Italian coach-building seldom comes cheap. A previous version of this idea from Aznom — the Atulux based on the previous-generation Ram — sold for about $300,000. One suspects that if you’re in the market for this sort of vehicle, you probably aren’t sweating the price tag.
If you like the idea of being chauffeured around on a baroque and off-road capable Ram 1500-based vehicle but want something more reasonably priced and more conventional-looking, check out the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is precisely that.