Ram continues to challenge its more cemented rivals in the heavy-duty pickup truck space and this time, it’s coming with an extra 30 pound-feet of torque.
The 2018 Ram 3500 will arrive with 930 lb-ft of torque on tap from its 6.7-liter inline-six cylinder Cummins diesel engine and boast the best fifth-wheel trailer towing figure in the business: the ability to tow 30,000 pounds. The conventional trailer hitch still pulls an impressive 20,000 pounds, according to Ram.
For a quick run down, the Ford F-350 Super Duty makes 925 lb-ft of torque, while Chevrolet’s Silverado 3500HD makes just 910 lb-ft. Ram says most of the additional power comes from cranking up the boost.
However, the 930 lb-ft doesn’t arrive all at once. In fact, it comes only when the truck hits third gear for obvious reasons. We doubt Ram customers would be happy to see their transmissions turned into a knot.
In the process, Ram’s new in-house hitch design rivals class four and five pickup trucks, something the brand hopes will sway buyers away from heavier-duty pickups and into the Ram 3500. It also means buyers will need a CDL to legally pilot a Ram 3500 with the fifth-wheel trailer.
Look for the 2018 Ram 3500 to hit dealerships later this month.