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Ram ups the ante for towing, torque

by Bill Cawthon on

FCA today announced that the 2018 Ram 3500 pickup with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel will produce 930 lb-ft of torque, the highest output of any pickup, beating the Ford F-350 and F-450.

2018 Ram 3500

Working with a new fifth-wheel hitch (a $1,395 option), the Ram 3500 will be able to tow up to 30,000 pounds. FCA says the new hitch allows the 2018 Ram to tow the largest travel trailers on the U.S. market.

New Mopar hitch offers the highest available 5th wheel towing

The maximum gooseneck trailer rating is 31,210 pounds; a conventional hitch maxes out at 20,000 pounds.

Earlier this year, Allpar predicted a power boost for the 2018 Rams with the Cummins diesel.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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