For those that need 900 lb-ft of best-in-class torque
Ram trucks has fired an epic salvo at domestic rivals Ford and GM.
Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s dedicated pickup division has significantly upped the performance of its heavy-duty rigs for the 2016 model year.
The optional 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine used in these trucks has been goosed to deliver 900 lb-ft of best-in-class torque, 35 more than today’s model.
That number tops Ford’s PowerStroke and GM’s Duramax oil-burners, which have 860 and 765 units of twist, respectively. Ram claims this revised engine puts out the most torque of any mass-produced vehicle in history.
Naturally, with that extra twist comes a boost in performance. Using the SAE J2807 towing standard, properly equipped Ram 3500 trucks are rated to drag 31,210 pounds, eclipsing its nearest competitor by more two tons. In the three-quarter-ton class the Ram 2500 can tow nearly 18,000 pounds. Additionally, both payload and gross combined weight ratings are segment leading.
And if all of that isn’t enough, that Cummins diesel engine is backed by a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Heavy duty versions of the 2016 Ram will start rolling off the assembly line in the third quarter of the year.