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2018 Ram 3500 Smashes Competition with 930 lb-ft torque, highest 5th wheel hitch towing


2018 Ram 3500 Smashes Competition with 930 lb-ft torque, highest 5th wheel hitch towingRam is raising the bar again in the heavy-duty truck segment with its 2018 Ram 3500 model achieving an astonishing 930 lb-ft. of torque and the ability to tow 30,000 lbs with a fifth-wheel hitch. Unlike its bow-tie competition, Ram’s new HD truck surpasses all others for total torque output.

Quick highlights:

  • Ram Heavy Duty with Cummins 6.7-liter diesel brings total torque to 930 lb.-ft., highest rating ever for a pickup
  • 30,000-lb. fifth-wheel towing capacity with newly engineered hitch design
  • Ram 3500 upgrades open the gateway for heavy trailer manufacturers and deliver higher capabilities previously only available on Class 4 and 5 trucks
  • The first 2018 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks begin rolling off the production line this week

2018 Ram 3500 Smashes Competition with 930 lb-ft torque, highest 5th wheel hitch towingRam says working closely with Cummins, the 2018 diesel improvements include higher boost limits through a variable geometry turbo and flow rate increases through the fuel delivery system enabling the 6.7-liter I-6 to produce an additional 30 lb.-ft. of torque. This improvement ranks the Cummins engine ahead of the competition with 930 total lb.-ft. of torque, while maintaining the diesel’s hallmark durability and efficiency.

The 30,000-lb. fifth-wheel towing uprating is made possible by an in-house hitch design from Ram Engineering. The upgraded capability allows the Ram 3500 to haul the heaviest travel trailers in the industry. Unlike the competition, Ram’s new hitch will allow customers to move away from Class 4 and 5 trucks to haul trailers that would have otherwise been limited to 24,000 lbs.

Part number: 82215769

MSRP: $1395

Also available as an upfit package for the Ram 3500.

Ram 3500 Heavy Duty maximum gooseneck and conventional hitch maximum trailer weight ratings for 2018, are 31,210 and 20,000 lbs., respectively.

2018 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks will be available in dealerships in August. 

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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