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.

Ram 3500 Improves Towing and Torque Capability
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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