The ongoing torque blitzkrieg taking place in the heavy-duty pickup segment has a new residing champion – the upgraded 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty, which takes the crown for FCA… at least for now.
The model’s Cummins 6.7-liter inline-six turbodiesel muscles its way towards the championship, offering 930 pound-feet (1,261 Newton-meters) and with the optional fifth-wheel hitch, the truck can now tow a mountain – sorry, 30,000 pounds (13,608 kilograms). The 2017 Ram 3500 HD seems quite puny now with its 900 lb-ft (1,220 Nm), topped by the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 in the 2017 Chevy Silverado HD and 2017 GMC Sierra HD that offered 910 lb-ft (1,234 Nm). Ford’s own 2017 F-Series Super Duty’s 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 was capable of an outstanding 925 lb-ft (1,254 Nm).
Meanwhile Ram decided to partner with Cummins on the implemented upgrades for the engine, with increased boost limits through a variable geometry turbo, and the fuel delivery system packs a higher flow rate. The optional fifth-wheel trailer hitch is $1,395 and the huge truck comes with a maximum gooseneck capacity of 31,210 pounds (14,157 kg), with a 20,000-pound (9,072 kg) load towing capacity when using the traditional trailer hitch. Ram also has the new Tungsten Edition for its 2018 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups available – featuring dark chrome trim on the exterior, two-tone leather and real wood inside, and RamBox storage system for the Heavy Duty models.