Ford has upgraded the towing capacity of the F-450 pickup, the one that sneaks by the federal weight limit for a Class 3 truck.

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The maximum gooseneck towing capacity is now 32,500 pounds compared to 31,200 pounds (or an SAE J2807-Compliant 30,120 pounds) for the Ram 3500 dually with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel. Ford did not say whether their claimed figures are SAE compliant, but they have frequently resisted standards in the past. Direct comparisons of SAE-standard ratings with non-standard ratings are difficult.

Fifth-wheel towing capacity is 27,500 pounds and conventional towing is now up to 21,000 pounds. The maximum payload now rated at up to 7,630 pounds. The Ram, a true Class 3 truck, maxes out at 6,688 pounds.

Ford also increased its diesel to 440 horsepower, with 925 lb.-ft of torque. The 6.7-liter Cummins diesel has a maxiumum output of 385 horsepower and 900 lb-ft of torque.

The 6.2-liter gasoline engine makes 430 lb.-ft of torque, one foot-pound above Ram's 6.4-liter Hemi; but the Hemi thumps the blue oval's motor with 410 horsepower, compared with 385.

The one “best-in-class” claim Ford doesn't talk about is price. For a 14% increase in payload, a 4% increase in towing capacity and a 3% increase in torque, the Ford customer will pay an whopping 27% more than the Ram buyer. A base F-450 XL with the Power Stroke diesel lists at $53,505 including destination charges; a Ram 3500 Tradesman with the 6.7-liter Cummins stickers out at $42,095.

This morning, Nick Cappa of Ram public relations sent the following response:

"As it stands the 2016 Ram 3500 beats all competitors (F350 included) in the Class 3 segment with 31,210 pounds of towing capacity.

"There is only one player in the Class 4 pickup segment and it is not a valid comparison to Class 3 pickups.

"Even though our competitor’s new HD is not yet available (Editors note: the F-450 is a 2017 model), we have already beat them with features such as air suspension, link coil suspension and the highest towing capability in the segment."