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Ram 3500's diesel powerplant gets 900 lb-ft torque rating for 2016

by Justin King

The extra twist bumps the Ram\'s towing capacity up to 31,210 lbs.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has again tweaked the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine available in the Ram 3500, giving the heavy-duty pickup even more torque.

After bumping the torque rating from 850 lb-ft to 865 lb-ft for the 2015 model year, the 2016 edition now adds another 35 lb-ft of twist to top out at an even 900 lb-ft. The company claims the output upgrade represents the most torque ever offered in a mass-production vehicle.

"Ram maintains leadership in all three pickup segments offering best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class towing, best-in-class power and best-in-class payload," said Ram chief Bob Hegbloom. "Ram continues to break records in the most important consumer-driven titles of the pickup truck market and we're not slowing down."

The 2016 Ram 3500 further widens the gap in towing capacity, increasing haul capabilities to 31,210 lbs. The figure is said to be more than two tons more than the closest rival.

The revised 2016 Ram Heavy Duty pickups are slated for production in the third quarter of the year. Prices for the 3500 HD start at $33,185 (including $1,195 freight), though 2016 pricing for the 6.7-liter Cummins package has not been announced.