The 2021 Ram Heavy Duty Gets a Gargantuan 1075 lb-ft of Torque, 37,100-lb Tow Rating

Addicted to comparing trailer ratings and torque ratings of the latest American trucks? Ram's all-new rugged model pushes the boundaries. For 2021, you get more torque and the highest traction in its class (but not by much).Ram Corporation today announced a few updates to the Heavy Duty 3500, most of them under the skin.The 6.7-liter Cummins 6 turbo-diesel engine has a variable-geometry turbocharger and a smoother fuel system that allows it to produce 1,075 lb-ft of torque, 75 more than last year. Performance data for the new engine was not disclosed, although we would expect it to be around 400bhp.

2021 Ram Heavy Duty Limited Night front 3/4 The 2021 heavy-duty chassis features fully packed bars and a structural cross member for the rear axle to handle the truck's increased towing capacity. With the new interior design of the fifth wheel from Ram Engineering, the truck can tow a maximum of 37,100 pounds. With a conventional rear hitch, that number drops to 23,000 lbs. The maximum payload is 7,680 pounds.This maximum towing capacity makes the 3500 the most powerful truck in its class, outperforming the 2020 Ford Super Duty by nearly 100 pounds, or 0.27%. The internal war continues between the Big Three and their towing capabilities.

Other updates for 2021 are an affordable digital rear view mirror that can show live video from a rear view camera if you want to see your space better. And if you don't want to stare at the screen to check all 6 of them, you can turn it off and go back to your regular rear view mirror.

Production is expected to begin this month with the 2021 Heavy Duty. Ram has yet to announce pricing, but like the improved towing options, it is expected to be slightly more expensive than the previous MSRP.