No one can accuse Ram of backing away from the full-size truck arms race. Chrysler has officially dropped the payload details on its 2013 Ram Heavy Duty, and the 3500 now packs a maximum trailer weight of 30,000 pounds. Chew on that number for a moment. That's 15 tons, or the equivalent of a dozen Mazda MX-5 Miata convertibles stacked on a trailer, and it's also a whopping 6,900 pounds more than the closest competitor to the Ram 3500, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD. Ram engineers have cranked the truck's 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel engine to a ludicrous 850 pound-feet of torque, up 50 lb-ft over the 2012 model. "Shock the world" figures, all.

Throw in a stiffer frame, stouter transfer case, beefed-up transmission and brawnier U-joints in the driveline, and you have what Ram is calling "the most capable trucks we've ever built." That includes the Ram 2500, which has seen its towing capacity swell to 18,350 lbs and its Gross Combined Weight Rating jump to 25,000 lbs. Look for the 2013 Ram 3500 HD to bow at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and be sure to check out the full press release below for more information.
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Ram to Build Most Capable Trucks Ever

• Ram 3500 Heavy Duty's maximum trailer weight of 30,000 pounds far surpasses closest competitor's 23,100-pound max
• 850 lb.-ft. Cummins Turbo Diesel is tops for torque
• 37,600-pound Gross Combined Weight Rating leads all heavy-duty pickups
• Ram 2500 leads all ¾-ton pickups
• Ram Chassis Cab trucks also deliver best-in-class towing



In the quest to build the most capable trucks available, Ram officially released class-leading towing and weight ratings for its 2013 line of Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks.

The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup will claim a 30,000-pound trailer capacity thanks to a new class-exclusive 50,000 pounds-per-square-inch, high-strength steel frame, improved transfer case, higher-load transmission, an upgraded 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine with a best-in-class 850 lb.-ft. of torque and other significant driveline upgrades.

Ram's closest competitor is limited to a 23,100-pound maximum trailer.

"Ram Heavy Duty pickups deliver the attributes most important to H.D. pickup customers," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO -- Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. "Towing capability, reliability and engine performance are ranked first through third, respectively. The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks deliver all those things, as well as a low total cost of ownership. These are the most capable trucks we've ever built."

The Ram 3500's Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) -- which is defined by the maximum combined weight of the truck, payload and trailer -- has been raised to 37,600 pounds, which again far surpasses the closest competitor's 30,500-pound GCWR.

Ram has increased the capability in its other truck models as well.

For 2013, the Ram 2500 will also benefit from increased towing and GCWR. At 18,350 and 25,000, Ram 2500's towing and GCW ratings are also best among ¾-ton pickups.

Ram Chassis Cab trucks also deliver maximum capability with best-in-class towing and GCWR figures 29,600 pounds and 37,500 pounds, respectively (5500 model).

Ram Heavy Duty adds a number of new features for 2013, including a factory-integrated fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch mount, a 17,000-pound Class V hitch with 1,800 pounds of tongue weight, class-exclusive electronic stability control (ESC) for dual-rear-wheels and a new Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) –positioned camera, the first of its kind in the heavy-duty pickup category, to provide a full view of the bed for easier hook-up of fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers as well as monitoring cargo.

For 2013, all Ram Heavy Duty diesels benefit from an all-new cooling system. A high-efficiency fan, dual radiators, dual transmission coolers and low-slung charge air cooler afford 25 percent more heat-rejection capacity. Lower operating temperatures deliver improved performance, durability and lower operating costs. Cummins Turbo Diesel-equipped Ram trucks also provide best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change intervals.

Ram is also introducing an industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system. When the intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler air from the front of the vehicle – a function that also engages at high altitudes for superior throttle response in low oxygen environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water-fording, the system pulls air from an under-hood inlet, clear from snow packing and water.

Also among the upgrades for 2013, Ram Heavy Duty front drive shafts and U-joints are sized larger to align with the truck's new Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR).

To handle the best-in-class towing capability of the new Ram Heavy Duty, a new front and rear suspension system with advanced geometry builds upon the chassis improvements and greatly improves overall roll stiffness. An advanced three-link front suspension on the Ram 3500 is necessary for the vehicle's higher GVWR and for use with heavy front loads, including snow plows. Additionally, a newly designed Hotchkiss leaf spring rear suspension on the Ram 3500 offers improved ride and handling while delivering higher towing and payload capability.


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      redgpgtp97
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...and can still get it with a 6 sp manual.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      As they say in Georgia, " that's plenty power".
      BigIke
      • 2 Years Ago
      First person to say "The Tundra pulled a Space shuttle..." is getting pistol whipped!!!
      404 not found
      • 2 Years Ago
      These will come in handy when picking top soil at Home Depot.
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        lordedardstark1
        • 2 Years Ago
        There's a difference between towing and pulling................
          Joe Carter
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lordedardstark1
          Yep, I'm pretty sure with the right rigging, my Durango could pull the space shuttle. This Toyota fanboy making himself out to be a real retard.
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        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        I don't get the lesbian joke , every time i type "lesbian couple" on google, i see only very pretty ladies that love each other.
        Martin Edmonds
        • 2 Years Ago
        Do you ever wake up in the morning, put a gun to your skull and think today is going to be the day I end it all? If not then please do and just leave this world. I can surely attest that nobody here would miss you.
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        RJ
        • 2 Years Ago
        They're only lying if they claim to pass J2807 towing 30,000 lbs. They didn't. Ever consider how bad Kenworth or Peterbilt would fail if they tested 80,000 lbs againest J2807 standards? Are they also lying to their customers?
        Robert Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        I notice some of the "Towing Ratings" in the US tend to be fantasy. A Mercedes Sprinter is 7000lb in the US, here it is rated at 4,400lb. "Tow Ratings" are much more of a PR Element in the US/Canada than elsewhere.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        One version of the SIlverado lost over 4,000lbs, other lost much less and soem gained capability when judged to J2807. That said, GM was ready to push forth with the SAE ratings, but when Ford balked and chose not to, GM said they wouldn't either. At the time, Dodge hadn't tested their new trucks yet. Ford just actively refused to test theirs until the next model is ready in 2 years.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lets face it, Ram has it's sights obviously set at a bigger slice of the pickup market. I believe that all three major brands make good trucks, but Ram has clearly moved to the front on almost every level. I'd like to believe that in a short time, Ram will be pushing Chevy and Ford more closely for pickup truck sales leadership. I have little doubt that with product like this, the gap in sales will narrow significantly, if not disappear completely. There will be some loyalist from Ford and Chevy who will reject that thinking, but as a stand alone truck brand, Ram is focused and every manufacturer needs goals and objectives, especially the "frog" who has become a "prince" or in this case a "SNORTING RAM ! "
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        We get it Ram fanboi, like the other truck makers haven't pushed the envelope with each new model to be better than everyone else. Ram is just the newest, next will be GM thumping their chest then in a few years Ford will be thumping their chest again. Its a never ending cycle but i highly doubt Ford or GM is scared of Ram.
          car czar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mike
          Ford might not be scared but they're not sitting still and GM on the other hand is scared with over 100 day supply of pickups, losing customers by the day with a dated design, and poor interior quality. They don't even have a top of the line model to compete with the luxury pickup market. GM better deliver on this all new pickup or those die hard loyal fans are the only customers they will have.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        " Ford and Chevy may never approach the level of Ram in engines and transmissions, never have. " What are you smoking?? Where is the Eco-Boost or Coyote competition from Mopar? All three make great HD.,...but Ford blows them away with it gasoline products...
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        VDuB
        • 2 Years Ago
        LOL. No way. He's always pushing Toyota though....
        features
        • 2 Years Ago
        Why would he work for Hyundai when he spends all his time defending the horrible Toyota Camry?
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 2 Years Ago
        On every board I have ever seen him on he pushes Toyota, not Hyundai so your info does not seem right. In fact I think he said he sells Toyotas. Also, if your information is true, is what you are doing legal? How do you have access to Autoblog/AOL's users IP addresses?
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wow. This just got serious. If someone is being paid by a manufacturer to troll on here, that's a big deal, worth its own story. How did you trace his IP address? Can anyone else confirm this? It does seem odd though, that someone from Hyundai would talk up Toyota products, or even troll on a story about a product for which Hyundai doesn't compete. Toyota soesn't really compete in theis heavy duty class either. Hey, maybe there's no conspiracy. Maybe the guy is just a Hyundai employee sitting at his desk who is a closet Toyota fanboy and also hates US brands.
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BipDBo
          It is not really news. Happens in all industries. the internet is kind of open like that. Not sure if you are a gamer, but remember that when the !@#$ hit the fan when Bioware employees got busted posting rave reviews for Dragon Age II on IGN.com, gamespot.com, etc. to boost the "user review ratings" after the expert reviews were all terrible???
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BipDBo
          AB is paid by German car makers to "test" its products.........like that is new here?
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        Regardless of whether or not he works for Hyundai, you clearly have entirely too much time on your hands to worry about exposing this terrible big bad troll on an internet forum. There are plenty of trolls on here.
        car-a-holic
        • 2 Years Ago
        Lmao that's awesome! Next; new screen name since he's exposed! Better pull them pants up BD you been caught in the barnyard..... Alone with the animals lol!!!
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        I call BS.
        lordedardstark1
        • 2 Years Ago
        This is fake
      mikemaj82
      • 2 Years Ago
      yea because we need this in our everyday lives.
        VDuB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        For getting those gallons of milk at Safeway
      features
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not happy that some landscaper is going to legally be able to tow 30,000 lbs with his pickup. No special training... Scary.
        Jeremy Pennini
        • 2 Years Ago
        @features
        When the gross weight of a vehicle is over 26,000lbs (truck+trailer+cargo) a CDL is required. So no, to stay legal special training is required.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @features
        I doubt your typical landscaper is going to have 15,000 tons of equipment to haul.
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