The 2016 Ram 3500 sports a 6.7-liter Cummins inline-6 turbo-diesel engine that produces massive, 900 lb.-ft. (1,219 Nm) of torque – the highest ever offered in a mass-production vehicle. The 2016 Ram 3500 is priced from US$31,990.
Achieving impressive output figures for this engine didn’t require changing any expensive hardware. Clint Garret, spokesperson for Cummins, told AutoGuide that it’s the result of software tuning and a new engine calibration.
“There’s only one engine in this space that’s a true medium-duty engine,” Garrett says. This inline-six’s roots reach deep, all the way to the class-eight segment, he said. No expensive turbo upgrades, redesigned rotating components or a reworked cylinder head were required to achieve the high output figures.
Thanks to the exceptional output figures, the updated Ram 3500 has a SAE J2807 standard-compliant, best-in-class towing capacity of up to 31,210 lbs (14,157 kg). The rear axle ring gear hardware has been beefed up from 12 to 16 bolts on all trucks equipped with the 11.8-inch axle to handle the increased towing capacity.
Speaking to the publication about the MY2016 3500, Jeff Johnson, Brand Manager for Ram Heavy Duty Truck boasted that 97% of the 3500 models sold, are powered by the Cummins diesel engine and to date, more than 2 million Cummins-powered Rams have been sold. Long-term durability and a strong reputation are the two main reasons for its success as per his understanding.