Ram 3500 Improves Towing and Torque Capability

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The new engine with 930 pound-feet will only come with the Ram 3500.

The news from Ram inches them ahead Ford who had the segment's highest torque rating prior at 925 lb-ft.

Cummins has massaged its 6.7-liter I6 diesel to produce 30 lb-ft more than before and officially make it the class leader in torque (that's 155 lb-ft per cylinder, by the way).

After working closely with Cummins, the 2018 Ram 3500 HD emerged with an enhanced variable geometry turbo and higher boost limits.

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2018 Ram 3500 Improves Towing and Torque Capability

The 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty is offered with a revised 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, packing 385 horsepower and 930lb-ft of torque - up 30lb-ft over the 2017 Ram 3500. The pickup also has the ability to tow up to 30,000 lbs. with a fifth-wheel hitch. Ram's new hitch will allow customers to move away from Class 4 and 5 trucks to haul trailers that would have otherwise been limited to 24,000 lbs.

"This opens the door for our commercial customers who are looking for maximum weight on their fifth-wheel hitch", Morrison explained. This beats the turbo-diesel 6.7-liter V-8 Power Stroke found in the Ford Super Duty trucks by 5 pounds-feet and the turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 Duramax in the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 and GMC Sierra 3500 by 20 pounds-feet.

Though we're still waiting for Ram to announce when its heavy-duty pickup trucks will get a redesign - the rumor mill puts that at 2019 - that doesn't mean Ram is sitting on its laurels. Ram HD trucks also lead in a frequently overlooked area by others in the segment: snow plowing. The upgraded capability allows the Ram 3500 to haul the heaviest travel trailers in the industry.

Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.

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