Ram has raised the bar on pickup truck torque and maximum towing capability to the next level with the updates to the 2016 Ram HD lineup. The 2016 trucks will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015, and the updated high output (HO) 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbo diesel will be rated at a big and round 900 lb-ft of torque. This is up from the 865 pound-feet for the current model. This engine option will only be available on the 3500 series Ram HD. The power bump comes courtesy of adjustments to fuel delivery and turbocharger boost.
The increased torque comes along with increased maximum towing capability. The Ram HD 3500 is now rated at a maximum towing rating of 31,210 pounds. This is compliant with the SAE J2807 engineering standard. The Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) goes up to 39,100 pounds. You need to make sure your commercial driver’s license is in order to pilot this beast.
The 2016 Ram HD lineup will also be available in the new Limited grade. This includes the “RAM” badging on the grille and the tailgate as well as new interior upgrades.
How will Ford and GM respond to this torque and maximum towing war? We should know this within a few months. We know that both GM and Ford are busy testing next generation heavy duty trucks.
Here is a video of the 2015 Ram HD 3500 towing a WWII half-track up the extreme Ike Gauntlet grade. What heavier weight can we put behind the 2016 truck to challenge it for 2016 Gold Hitch awards?