The old saying goes “you can never have too much power”, and if you depend on your truck for towing your precious cargo, then we have some interesting news for all you heavy haulers out there. We’re announcing a series of upgrades to our Heavy Duty line of trucks that will increase trailer towing capacity. Our new High-Output Cummins Turbo Diesel with the “Max Tow” package in the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty is now rated up to 22,700 lbs., the highest in its class!
The heart and soul of the upgrade package is the new High-Output 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel. This torque monster will now produce 800 lb.-ft. at 1,600 rpm, a 23 percent increase over current models. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the numbers, one six-cylinder High-Output 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel puts out more torque than two 4.7L V8 engines! With all that power, tall buildings and small islands are no problem when hooked behind the High-Output Cummins. But we know you’re likely to be towing your favorite thoroughbred horses to the farm or maybe a pair of classic muscle cars like a 1970 Challenger R/T and a Dodge Super Bee to the Mopar Nationals.
“A Ram Heavy Duty truck owner’s most important concern is towing capability – 79 percent of rate towing as extremely important,” said Fred Diaz, our President and CEO. “Reliability and engine performance are tied for second. This 800 lb.-ft. performance upgrade, combined with our unsurpassed 5-year, 100,000-mile power train warranty along with Cummins’ proven reputation for reliability, are a direct response to our customers’ high expectations.”
Our Ram engineers just didn’t stop at the engine. Additional upgrades include a new power train control module with a revised performance calibration that allows the six-cylinder Cummins Diesel to achieve peak power at a more desirable rpm range. The automatic transmission also has a new higher-rated torque converter to take advantage of the increase torque and better integration for improved towing capabilities on various road conditions. Also, the High-Output Cummins has a revised crankshaft damper that will reduce engine noise and vibration throughout the interior of the Ram.
Our engineers also upgraded the axle on the 3500 Heavy Duty dually models with an improved 4.10 axle gear ratio that will include stronger helical gears and upgraded bearings along with a finned aluminum differential cover that will dissipate heat. To moderate the transmission fluid temperature in severe duty towing situations, we also designed a new engine-mounted, water-to-oil transmission cooler.
You know the reputation of the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine as “bulletproof” with great reliability and fuel economy. The Cummins Turbo Diesels have been available in Ram trucks since 1989 and have racked up millions of miles by our fans like you. So if you’re looking to haul a battleship or just want the best truck on the planet, make sure your check out the new 2011 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty with the Max Tow package and the High-Output 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel. If the 800 lb.-ft. torque doesn’t plant you in the seat, nothing will!