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Ram Goes to Stunning 900 lb-ft of torque

by David Zatz on

Ram has now reached 900 pound-feet of torque on the Cummins diesel engine for 2016 pickups, up from 865 lb-ft.  The gain came from new fuel delivery and turbo boost calibration, and sets a record for torque in a mass-produced vehicle.

When launched in 1989, the Dodge pickup with its Cummins diesel produced just 400 lb-ft of torque.

900 pound-feet of torque in 2016 Ram 2500

The 2016 Ram 3500 breaks the towing record previously held by the old Ram 3500 (at 30,000 pounds) by moving up to 31,210 pounds, more than two tons beyond its closest rival.  To get there, Ram went from 12 to 16 hardened bolts on the rear axle ring gear (for all trucks with the 11.8-inch axle), and used stronger materials in the differential case.

Other Rams are also impressive, with the gasoline-powered 6.4 liter Ram 3500 having a best in class payload of 7,390 pounds, and the 2016 Ram 2500 continuing its ¾-ton towing leadership with a 17,980 pound capacity.


Ram is the only automaker with a full range of full-size pickups to use SAE J2807 testing criteria, putting its trucks on an equal field with any other manufacturer that follows the same public rules.

The 2016 Ram 2500 starts at $32,680, and the 2016 Ram 3500 starts at $33,985, including destination. These figures do not include the equipment to get the max-towing or capacity titles. They will be available at dealerships in the fourth quarter. Crew and Quad cabs are made in Warren, Michigan, while Regular and more Crew cabs are made in Mexico.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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