2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty: Top class performance
The 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup has received upgrades that put it at the top of its class when it comes to torque and towing capabilities, the company announced. A revamp to the optional 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine pushes output to a segment-best 930 lb-ft of peak torque, 30 more than in 2017. To fully leverage that extra muscle, Ram Engineering developed a new fifth-wheel tow hitch that allows the 3500 Heavy Duty pull up to a 30,000-pound trailer.
To get the extra torque, the revised Cummins V8 now has a higher boost limit thanks to a new variable-geometry turbo unit and an increased fuel-flow rate. Ram points out these changes do not impact efficiency or durability. With a 30,000-pound capacity, the new fifth-wheel hitch will permit the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup to haul a trailer that previously could only have been handled by a Class 4 or Class 5 truck. The new hitch costs $1,395 as part of an upfit package. For the record, the 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty has a max tow rating of 20,000 pounds using a conventional hitch or 31,210 pounds with a gooseneck alternative.
"Ram maintains capability leadership by delivering the highest-ever torque rating for a pickup truck and heaviest fifth-wheel trailer towing capacity," noted Mike Manley, head of Jeep and Ram brands for FCA. "We understand the attributes most important to our customers within the heavy-duty segment; they demand hard-working, long-lasting capability.” The 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup arrives in dealerships this month.
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