The constant one-upping of power figures in the heavy duty pickup segment is continuing. This time Ram moved the chess pieces be announcing a 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty that generates a staggering 930 pound-feet of torque; besting both the 2017 F-Series Heavy Duty and GM trucks.
There are some caveats to this one, though. The house-moving torque rating only applies to Ram 3500 with duals in the back, the Aisin six-speed automatic transmission and a 4.10 rear axle ratio. Other Ram Heavy Duty models will not gain the added torque.
The new torque rating bests that of the Ford F-250/350 Heavy Duty model, which comes in at 925 pound-feet of torque and GM’s Heavy Duty diesels, which offer 910 pound-feet of torque.
In case you were wondering, the added torque isn’t just for bragging rights. Ram 3500 Heavy Duty with the above specifications can now tow a fifth-wheel that weighs up to 30,000 pounds. That’s a jump up from the former towing king’s–Ford F-Series Heavy Duty–27,500 pound rating.
Of course the Ram’s new torque rating is coming from the brand’s 6.7-liter turbo-diesel engine. Ram says their method for getting the additional torque out of the engine was pretty simple: they just upped the boost. Make no mistake, Ford and GM can probably up the boost on both of their diesels as well, meaning the torque pissing match in the HD truck field is not likely to end anytime soon.