What do you do if you’re already the industry leader in certain key categories of product performance? If you’re Ram Trucks, you keep the proverbial pedal to the metal by teaming up with Cummins® to develop a new fuel-delivery and turbo-boost calibration for the legendary 6.7-liter Cummins V8 diesel engine. The new calibration will improve torque for the Ram 3500 by an additional 35 pound-feet and assure segment dominance for yet another model year.
It’s well worth nothing that an increase in torque of this magnitude raises the bar from a current best-in-class* 865 pound-feet to 900 pound-feet for the 2016 Ram 3500—a number never achieved in a mass-produced vehicle until now.
The current heavy-duty towing title also belongs to the Ram 3500 at 30,000 pounds. The 2016 Ram 3500 raises that stat to 31,210 pounds, further distancing the closest rival by more than two tons. To handle the increased towing capacity, Ram engineers beefed up the rear axle ring gear hardware from 12 to 16 bolts on all trucks equipped with the 11.8-inch axle.
While the 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 version of 2016 Ram 3500 can boast the most payload available in any pickup at 7,390 pounds, the 2016 Ram 2500 continues its ¾-ton towing leadership with a dominating 17,980 pounds of capacity. Additionally, for two years running, the Ram 1500 leads pickup truck fuel economy with the exclusive 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, delivering 240 horsepower, 420 pound-feet of torque and 29 highway miles per gallon (mpg)†.
“Ram maintains leadership in all three pickup segments offering best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class towing, best-in-class power and best-in-class payload,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO—Ram Truck Brand, FCA US. “Ram continues to break records in the most important consumer-driven titles of the pickup truck market and we’re not slowing down.”
2016 model year Ram Trucks are expected to hit dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year. In the meantime, keep a close eye on this blog for more information on these highly capable work vehicles.
*Based on latest available competitive information. Class based on 250/2500 and 350/3500 pickups.
†Based on Standard Pickup Class. Manufacturer’s estimated mpg with 3.0L EcoDiesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, 4X2 HFE model. Actual may vary.