2016 Ram Heavy Duty Makes More Torque Than Any Other Truck, Ever

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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.

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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.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Duece9s Duece9s on Jun 22, 2015

    think 40 extra torque is going to make up for a 55hp deficit to the powerstroke? (do the percent change of both)

  • Mabe75 Mabe75 on Jun 23, 2015

    I don't want to be anywhere near this truck hauling 31k lbs. on the highway. Or any pickup truck with close to that much wieght.