Heavy-duty pickup trucks have a new number to chase: 930.
That’s the total pound-feet of torque available in the 2018 Ram 3500, according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It’s the highest-ever torque rating for a pickup truck, besting the Ford F-Series Super Duty with 925 pound-feet, and Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD with 910 pound-feet.
Ram worked closely with Cummins, Inc. to improve the 6.7-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel engine and achieve the new figure. The engine features higher boost limits and increased flow rate through the fuel delivery system.
The automaker also designed a new hitch that allows the Ram 3500 to tow a class-best 30,000 pounds with a fifth-wheel hitch, enabling the truck to haul some loads that previously wouldn’t have been possible without commercial-grade Class 4 or 5 trucks.
The different types of hitches and towing capabilities are some of the most important elements to know when towing heavy loads.
The updated truck will pull 20,000 pounds with a conventional hitch and 31,210 pounds with a gooseneck hitch – both numbers are improved over 2017, but not class-leading.
“We understand the attributes most important to our customers within the heavy-duty segment; they demand hard-working, long-lasting capability,” said Mike Manley, head of the Ram brand.
FCA can now claim the highest torque figure at the high end of the pickup truck market.
Ford and General Motors are still tops in the 2500 line, however. Both brands offer their most powerful engines in both 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks.
Ram offers a detuned version of the 6.7-liter Cummins with 800 pound-feet of torque in its 2500 pickups. The new engine with 930 pound-feet will only come with the Ram 3500.
The 2018 Ram 3500 is available in U.S. dealerships this month.
Sales of the Ram brand trucks have climbed in 2017. Through the first seven months of the year, sales of the light-duty Ram 1500 and heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 increased by 6.3 percent to more than 290,000 vehicles compared to the same period in 2016.