TORQUE UNCORKED: TOWING WITH THE NEW 2016 RAM 3500 THAT HAS 900 LB-FT CUMMINS | Harold Zeigler Newsletter Kalamazoo MI
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Date posted: December 1, 2015


Nine hundred: That’s the amount of torque, in pound-feet, that is generated by Ram’s most powerful 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel available in the ’16 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty. This new figure puts Ram on top, for now, at the time of this writing, in the never-ending power race for light trucks. This engine helps the 3500 achieve a darn impressive 31,210-pound maximum tow rating (regular cab, 4×2, dualie, based on SAE J2807 criteria).

We’re told that Ram engineering and Cummins developed a new fuel delivery and turbo boost calibration for the high-output Cummins, which helps uncork the additional 35 lb-ft of torque for the ‘16 Ram (horsepower remains the same as the ‘15 Ram at 385). The stout Aisin AS69RC transmission is carryover from the previous-generation truck. Ram engineers beefed up the rear AAM 11.8-inch axle by increasing the ring gear hardware from 12 to 16 bolts. Ram says the additional hardened bolts and stronger material are used in the differential case to assure long-term durability.

But wait, there’s more. You see, the Ram 3500 is packed with features designed to improve towing power and control. For example, there’s an exhaust brake on the Cummins, Ram Active Air (this system can draw air from either the front of the vehicle or from an underhood inlet, depending on temperatures and conditions), and an available supplemental Active-Level rear air suspension (works in conjunction with the 3500’s Hotchkiss leaf-spring rear suspension, and it allowed Ram engineers to soften the leaf springs, which allows for more suspension movement when the vehicle is unloaded).

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