The constant competition of whose trucks can tow more is alive and well among American automakers, and Ram has delivered the most recent game changer in the rivalry. Its 2016 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups have received a series of small engine tweaks, bumping the torque rating of the 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six by 35 lb-ft to 900 lb-ft.
The torque boost, which comes thanks to a “hard hitting” fuel delivery and turbo boost recalibration, has resulted in an additional 1,210 pounds of maximum towing capacity for a total of 31,210 pounds. Due to the modifications, beefed up rear axle ring gear hardware has been implemented on all 2016 Ram HDs with the 11.8-inch axle.
Ram 2500 models have also received a slight max tow rating injection despite not being offered with the updated version of the 6.4-liter I6. Those models will now haul 17,980 lbs, up from 17,970 lbs in 2015 model year trucks.
Prices for 2016 Ram HD 3500 models start at $33,185, with 2500 models commanding a $32,680 price tag. The first run of updated Ram HD models are expected to arrive at dealerships by the fourth quarter of this year.