Ram boosting torque, towing in 2016 HDs

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Updated Jun 24, 2015

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Ram has pushed its already segment leading Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups to heights never seen before.

The company announced Monday that 2016 3500 models outfitted with Cummins’ 6.7-liter engine will see a rating of an industry-first 900 foot pounds of torque, an additional 35 foot pounds.

Ram continues to break records in the most important consumer-driven titles of the pickup truck market and we’re not slowing down,” says Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, FCA US.

The 2016 Ram 3500 also gets a bump in tow rating, up to 31,210 pounds. To handle the increase in power and capacity, Ram engineers beefed up the rear axle ring gear hardware from 12 to 16 bolts on all trucks equipped with the 11.8-inch axle. The additional hardened bolts and stronger material are used in the differential case to assure long-term durability.

The most payload available in a pickup is 7,390 pounds for a 6.4-liter-equipped Ram 3500 model, more than 3.5 tons.

The 2016 Ram 2500 also continues its three-quarter-ton towing leadership with a dominating 17,980 pounds of capacity.

Ram 2500 will be listed at $31,485 for the 2016 model year, while 3500 models come in at $31,990. Pricing does not include $1,195 destination fee. 2016 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2015.