2016 Ram 3500 HD Gets 900 lb-ft, 31,210 Max Towing
Ram Showing No Sign of Backing Down from HD Battle
Fullsize trucks are a cutthroat-competitive market segment, and although the majority of sales are 1/2-ton models, the real battle for supremacy is in the HD segment, with capabilities that make the trucks genuine alternatives to medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks in some cases. Ram has just raised the bar even further for 2016 with the announcement of the max torque figure for the 2016 Ram 3500 equipped with the Cummins 6.7L turbodiesel I-6 at a staggering 900 lb-ft. That figure represents a 35 lb-ft increase from the 2015 model and a 40 lb-ft advantage over its next closest rival, the Ford 6.7L Power Stroke V-8, which has 860 lb-ft. Ram claims the torque figure is the highest ever offered in a non-commercial mass-production vehicle.
Ram also touts the 3500’s 31,210-pound maximum towing capacity, the best-in-class gas payload of 7,390 on 3500 models equipped with the 6.4L Hemi V-8, and claimed best-in-class 3/4-ton towing capacity of 17,980 pounds. To handle the increased capacity and torque output, the rear axle ring gear was beefed up from 12 bolts to 16 on the 11.8-inch rear axle.
Pricing for the 2016 Ram 2500 starts at $32,680, including $1,195 destination, and $33,185 for the Ram 3500. Going by 2015 option prices for the Cummins engine (and the mandatory Aisin six-speed automatic transmission), add $11,300 to the bottom line for the upgrade. Adding dual rear wheels adds another $1,200. So the cheapest torque monster you could get would hypothetically be $44,485 or $45,685 if you want the dually.
Source: Ram Trucks