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The minds at Chrysler have set out to make sure that buyers who need to tow small planetary bodies on occasion are taken care of with its new high-output 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine. The oil-burning mill churns out 23 percent more torque than the old engine, and the final figure now sits at an astronomical 800 pound-feet. There's also 390 horsepower on hand, and combined, those numbers are good enough to help the 3500 HD tow up to 22,700 pounds. The big-daddy Ram also packs a ridiculous gross vehicle rating of 30,000 pounds when equipped with the optional Max Tow package.

Those impressive ratings are partially thanks to the truck's braking system. Chrysler's engineers folded in the largest brakes of any full-size pickup with 14.17-inch rotors up front and 14.09-inch discs out back, and the 3500 HD wears what Chrysler calls the strongest exhaust brake available on any heavy-duty pickup.

Additionally, that meaty Cummins block is said to be good for over 350,000 miles before requiring a major overhaul, and unlike competitors from Ford and General Motors, this beast requires no diesel exhaust fluid to pass emissions. Hit the jump for the full press blast.


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Ram Heavy Duty Upgrades Deliver Class-Leading Power and Towing

* Cummins Turbo Diesel now rated at 800 lb.-ft. of torque
* Gross Combined Weight Rating increased to 30,000 lbs.
* 22,700-lb. maximum trailer tow weight leads the segment
* Ram is only heavy-duty pickup that doesn't require Diesel Exhaust Fluid


Ram Truck today announced a series of upgrades to its Heavy Duty truck line up that will give it outright class supremacy in trailer towing.

Now boasting the ability to pull a segment-leading 22,700-lb. maximum trailer weight, the one-ton Ram 3500 Heavy Duty will get a performance boost to its 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine that will increase its torque by 23 percent to 800 lb.-ft. and be upfitted with a package of components that will increase its gross combined weight rating (GCWR) to 30,000 lbs.

"A Ram Heavy Duty truck owner's most important concern is towing capability – 79 percent of them rate towing as extremely important," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Reliability and engine performance are tied for second – named as extremely important by 73 percent of owners. This 800 lb.-ft. performance upgrade – combined with Ram Truck's unsurpassed 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and Cummins' proven reputation for reliability – are a direct response to our customers' high expectations. We stand behind our commitment to build great trucks that are best in class."


800 lb.-ft. of High-Output Torque
A new engine control module (ECM) with revised performance mapping allows the High-Output
6.7-liter, six-cylinder Cummins Turbo Diesel to reach peak torque at 1,600 rpm and exceed the previous model's output from 1,200 through 2,800 rpm. Horsepower is also higher from 1,200 through 2,800 rpm, although maximum horsepower remains 350 at 3,000 rpm.

Behind the powerful, new High-Output Cummins lies a new higher-rated torque converter. The Ram's new torque converter improves engine/transmission integration for better towing capability on grades and optimizes engine performance.

In addition to the new ECM and torque converter, the 800 lb.-ft. Cummins-powered Ram Heavy Duty trucks receive a new crankshaft damper, reducing engine noise and vibration.

Ram Trucks with the new Cummins will feature a special "High Output Cummins" badge on their tailgates.



Best-in-Class Maximum Towing
When properly equipped with the "Max Tow" towing-optimization package, the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty is rated up to 22,700 lbs., the highest tow rating in its class.

Since the launch of the new Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty for the 2010 model year, towing capability has been the trucks' strong suit with a long list of towing-friendly features including the most powerful standard exhaust brake in the segment (diesel-equipped models). This feature reduces brake fade, prolongs brake life and provides unmatched confidence and safety when hauling heavy loads on downhill grades.

Ram has the largest brakes of any heavy-duty pickup; 14.17 inch x 1.54 inch front and 14.09 inch x 1.34 inch rear with an integrated anti-lock brake system (ABS) that increases brake life and braking stability.

Tow ratings for the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty meet 100 percent of 2013 model year SAE testing standards.


30,000 lbs. GCWR
Dual-rear-wheel-equipped Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickups with the "Max Tow" package are now rated at 30,000 lbs. GCWR – up from 24,500 lbs.

For maximum towing, Chrysler Group Powertrain engineers gave the Ram 3500 an improved dual-rear wheel axle with a 4.10 gear ratio, new rear-axle pinion, new helical gears, upgraded bearings and a heat-dissipating, finned aluminum differential cover.

As part of the Max Tow upgrade to the Ram 3500, the truck will also get a new engine-mounted, water-to-oil transmission cooler to moderate operating temperatures during trailer towing.

All Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups will also get upgraded power steering oil coolers to manage the larger loads.


Cummins Turbo Diesel
If you looked up "bulletproof" in the dictionary, you'd find a picture of the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. With its six-cylinder inline cast iron block and heads, this engine has been providing decades of reliable service in everything from agriculture equipment to construction to over-the-road heavy trucks.

Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks powered by Cummins diesel engines have been the benchmark of power, durability, reliability and fuel economy since 1989, the first model year that Ram offered the Cummins engine.

Cummins Turbo Diesel-equipped Ram pickups, with major overhaul intervals of 350,000 miles, are the only heavy-duty pickups to meet 2011 EPA compliance rules, without the need for Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

The one-ton Ram 3500 Heavy Duty comes standard with the Cummins Turbo Diesel.


Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickups equipped with the optional 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel and automatic transmission (5.7-liter HEMI® engine is standard) also get the 800 lb.-ft. performance upgrade. Because it uses a single rear-wheel axle, GCWR remains unchanged at 22,000 lbs. Manual transmission-equipped Ram Heavy Duty pickups retain their 350 horsepower (261kW) and 650 lb.-ft. (881 N•m) of torque performance ratings. Max Tow is available for regular and crew cab Ram 3500s only.

The new High Output Cummins-equipped Ram 3500 Heavy Duty with 30,000 lb. GCWR "Max Tow" package will go on sale in the second quarter 2011.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It still has 350hp, not 390. The Ford still pulls more at 24,600 pounds and the Chevy down at 21,700. If I were to buy a truck just for towing, it would be choice between the Dodge and Chevy, but not everyone needs these huge towing numbers so i'll still stick with the SD as I feel it's still the better HD truck overall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do realize that the Ram tow ratings are for the new 2013 SAE tow standard right? Both Ford and Chevy have yet to be rated.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Onwayroll.........I think you are quoting F-450 tow numbers......Ram 3500 has the F-350 covered.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You also realize that the number you quoted was for the F-450. Not the comparable F-350. Which is rated at 22,600. 100 less than the Ram. And as the guy above me pointed out, the Ram conforms to the new 2013 SAE standards, while the Ford does not.

        It also has the benefit of a better exterior, as with the presence of stamped steel fenders, instead of plastic ones like on the Ford, a better interior, and a better exterior. I just can't get past that huge grill of the F-350.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Folks it doesn't matter, with new CAFE standards looming, Fiat will only be allowed to sell a 100 or so of these Ram 3500 HD HO units.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I stand corrected -- what a scam. No doubt they threw in an extra lead bar (or two) to push it over the weight limit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        These HD trucks are exempt from CAFE
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm... no.

        The most recent revision to CAFE standards (passed in 2007) exempts vehicles with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds from meeting any sort of fuel economy standards.

        The minimum GVWR for a 2011 Ram 3500 is - surprise! - 10,500 pounds.

        They can sell as many of these as they want without any impact on their CAFE fuel economy targets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting, we have a Wiki leak today about Saudi oil resources being over estimates by 40%, and the auto show if filled with vehicles with impress fuel consumption figures.

      China not just buying foreign oil on the oil spot market, now going to US and International Oil Companies and Buying Their Assets.

      The BP well that exploded, wasn't it the deepest well BP ever drilled? [ Peak Oil ] Oil will not get cheaper.

      Somewhere there's a disconnect.
      Are US buyers going to continue to double down on gas guzzlers, and risk personal and business bankruptcy?
        • 4 Years Ago
        And not a single fact to back up your claims.

        Yawn.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Feel free to go tell all the people who need a vehicle to tow that they have to use a Prius. Then we'll see a "disconnect".
      • 4 Years Ago
      strap that engine on a light weight two seat sport car like a cayman.

      ???

      PROFIT!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And remember, that's 800 lb-ft STOCK.

        Tuner Rams are routinely cranking over 2000 lb-ft, and 1000 hp. Turbo boost psi is well into 3 digits...
        • 4 Years Ago
        With 800 ft/lbs, that's about enough that the engine would remain stationary and the rest of the car would rotate around it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad they do not make RHD versions of these Pickups, as the 30,000lb GCM would go down a treat with the heavy Caravan and 5th Wheel towers in Australia. Unlike the US HD Pickups are only used as TV's, you would never see them near a work site or on a farm.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If your not into trucks you won't get it. Did anyone here ever hear of bio diesel?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for the support, your correct.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's no use as all of the "greenies" on here complaining are hell-bent on us all driving little electric shoe boxes on wheels. The people on AB Green will have you believe the ICE is evil for some reason. If only they knew how sheepish and close minded they came across...
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      • 4 Years Ago
      might as well control the earth's rotation, lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Chicago show is interesting, about what they put on display to interest the crowd. Lots of V8 guzzlers.

      At the same time Yuppies complaining they make much more income then their parents, and yet feel poorer. Don't make the connection between buying a guzzler or SUV, and the insurance and fuel lifetime cost these vehicles require.

      But, this is 2010, and these guzzlers are still the prime attraction?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you a communist? Don't you need to get back to your issue of "The Daily Worker"......
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mike, do you like flaunting your ignorance or something? This is not some pointless SUV, mall-crawler. It is a truck with a purpose, one that can only be accomplished by something of this like.

        It's big, heavy, and likely kind of slow off the line, and probably rides like a truck. With that said, the only people who will be buying them are people who need them.

        So, your implying the tired rhetoric that only poseurs are going to buy them to look cool fails miserably and makes you hard to take seriously right now.

        You sound like some fanatic who has let his fear based opinions get in the way of his better judgment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Killjoy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @edsel

        Higher gas prices might kill sales for larger vehicles in general, until people and businesses adjust. They have to stabilize at some point. Then people start buying what they want.

        The idea of these trucks simply disappearing is a pipe dream among the "greenies".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its 2011...
        • 4 Years Ago
        What, youll get them at bargain in 2 years when gas is over $5/gal. Just like what happened 2 years ago. Funny how short memories are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always been a fan of Chrysler.
      I just wish they could stay on track.
      Every time it seems when Chrysler starts to kick butt they get knocked down.
      Fiat has a good thing going if they can keep Chrysler in the game.
      Now, how much is enough in the truck wars?
      This truck will rarely ever be pushed to full capacity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes.... still available with a 6 speed manual!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice truck to run over Priuses.
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