Chicago Show 2011 Highlights: 2011 Ram 2500/3500 HD

At the other end of the Ram spectrum, Dodge also announced a revised version of its Cummins turbo-diesel for the heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500. This engine has received a new powertrain control module, and the resulting torque figure will have you smiling like a giddy fifth-grader. Indeed, while the 6.7-liter inline-six cranks out the same 350 hp as last year—although power delivery has been modified to make more of that accessible at highway speeds—it now twists out an eye-popping 800 lb-ft of torque. That's an increase of 150 lb-ft versus last year's engine, and the full load is available at 1600 rpm. This gives Ram a weapon in the How-Much-Torque-Can-Public-Roads-Take-Before-Melting Wars against Ford's latest 400-hp, 800 lb-ft Super Duty diesel V-8. GM's Silverado and Sierra twins are left eating dust, stumping up a mere 765 lb-ft from their eight-cylinder Duramax diesel. With the new calibration, the heaviest-duty 3500-series Ram will be able to tow 22,700 pounds.

Ram spokespersons weren't ready to tell us when the newly powered Rams will hit showrooms, and we're also left assuming that since this is now the standard diesel engine, the price shouldn't be much—if any—higher than last year's equivalent trucks. Our much-loved, diesel-powered Ram 2500 long-termer suddenly seems a little weak. Time for a trade-in?

Thanks to: Car and Driver


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