Power record: Ram 3500 hits over 1.350 Nm of torque
The pickup torque tug-of-war being waged among Detroit's truck brands lurches into 2019 with a change at the top of the leaderboard: the re-engineered 2019 Ram heavy-duty 3500 pickup arriving soon at dealerships sports the industry's first engine to crank out over 1,350 Nm of torque.
In United States retail customers of heavy-duty trucks are attracted to the ability to haul massive amounts of stuff and torque is an important measurement buyers who tow and haul heavy loads consider when they shop for heavy-duty pickups. and the new Ram 3500 has all the potential that customers expect. The engine will be optional only in the biggest, most expensive Ram, the 3500. A lower-power six-cylinder diesel will be offered along with a gasoline engine in the Ram 2500 and also the 3500. Ram is dropping the manual transmission option in the 2019 models.
Though it remains 6.7 liters and an inline-six, the engine has been redesigned to not only boost power, but also to reduce weight, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says.
When it comes to horsepower, which is more closely related to a vehicle's top speed not its hauling capability, both the Ford and GM diesel heavy-duty V-8 truck engines outhustle the Ram's inline-six. Ford's Powerstroke heavy-duty diesel is rated at 450 hp and GM's Duramax is 445 hp. Ram is rated at 400 hp.
Upgrades to the Ram's Cummins engine include a new lighter, stronger cylinder block made of compacted graphite iron, which replaces cast iron and reduces vibrations; a hollow camshaft, new rods and low-friction bearings; lighter and stronger pistons with low-friction rings; a redesigned exhaust manifold and improved turbocharger with higher boost pressure; new fuel injectors that can handle greater pressure.
One key piece of information Ram has not revealed is the price of the 3500 with the 1,350 Nm engine. But the price bump over lower-powered counterparts is likely to be significant, perhaps around 11,000 dollars. On the 2018 Ram 3500 with the high-output engine, the price walk looked like this: choosing the Cummins engine over the available gasoline Hemi V-8 added 9,300 dollars. And getting the high-output diesel meant adding another 2,695 dollars.