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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