Which diesel heavy duty truck is the quickest? Perhaps this is not the first question you might ask when considering a 1-ton heavy hauler dually truck, but it’s a lot of fun to find out. In this special episode of “Old vs New” drag race, we pit a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500, against a 2018 Ram HD 3500, against a 2018 Ford F350.
Here are the old vs new truck specs. Here is what’s changed after 13 years.
|2005 Dodge Ram HD 3500||2018 Ram HD 3500|
|Configuration||SLT 4×4 Quad cab dually||Longhorn SouthFork 4×4 Crew cab dually|
|Engine||5.9L HO Cummins I6||6.7L HO Cummins I6|
|Horsepower||325 hp @ 2,900 rpm||385 hp @ 2,800 rpm|
|Torque||600 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm||930 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm|
|Transmission||4-speed Automatic||6-speed Automatic (Aisin)|
|Curb Weight (as tested)||7,500 lbs||8,700 lbs|
|GVWR||12,200 lbs||14,000 lbs|
|GCWR||23,000 lbs||39,100 lbs|
The 2005 quad cab was the largest cab configuration available back then. A full crew cab was not an option. Both of these Ram trucks are equipped with “High Output” (HO) versions of the respective turbo-diesel engines. Ram has just bumped up the torque level of the 2018 truck to 930 lb-ft of torque. Notice how the truck’s capability was increased. The 2018 truck is capable of towing up to a 30,320 lbs gooseneck hitch trailer.
The 2018 Ford F350 is another heavy duty truck that got a power bump for this model year. The 6.7L Power Stroke V8 is now rated at 450 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm and 935 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800 rpm. This truck is rated to tow up to 31,300 lbs with a GCWR of 40,000 lbs.
Join the drag racing fun in the video below.