Chrysler’s New Ram 3500 Has A Lot to Say For Itself

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Detroit News

This major engi­neer­ing upgrade from Chrysler comes eight months after intro­duc­tion of the all new 2013 Ram 1500 light duty truck, and it is a pow­er­ful machine!

Find out what Chrysler puts into this Ram 3500 engi­neer­ing marvel.

Noth­ing says truck­ing like a heavy load and a stout diesel engine apply­ing its mus­cle to the task in a calm, bass, low rpm voice.

Dri­ving a new 2013 Ram heavy duty truck, equipped with a 6.7-liter Cum­mins turbo diesel engine sounds a lot like actor Sam Elliott’s bari­tone tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial punch­line, “Guts. Glory. Ram.”.

You buy a truck like this because you have heavy lift­ing to do. You can’t afford a pretender.

Well, Ram’s new heavy duty trucks have raised the bar on per­for­mance, includ­ing a claim to the high­est trailer tow­ing capa­bil­ity in pickup truck history.

A Ram 3500 Trades­man pickup with a top out­put inline-six-cylinder tur­bocharged diesel engine is rated to tow a trailer that weighs up to 30,000 pounds. A com­mer­cial driver’s license is required to pull that much weight on the road. That’s why Ram let me test one at Chrysler’s Chelsea Michi­gan Prov­ing Ground.

The 370-horsepower engine with class-leading 850-pound-feet of torque pushes Ram’s capa­bil­ity a whop­ping 6,900 pounds higher than the cur­rent max­i­mum out­put of the Dur­max diesel V-8 pow­ered Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 3500 and GMC Sierra 3500. That’s 7,100 pounds more than the max­i­mum tow rat­ing for Ford’s V-8 Power Stroke diesel equipped Super Duty F-350.

The other play­ers in the U.S. pickup mar­ket, Toy­ota and Nisan, don’t build heavy-duty ver­sions of their half-ton Tun­dra and Titan trucks. Toy­ota has teased at car shows with con­cept heavy duty dually pick­ups for years, but has announced no plans. Duallys are those tough look­ing trucks with four wheels on a sin­gle wheel axle.

 

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