The heavy-duty, diesel-powered truck wars are a constant game of leapfrog from one manufacturer to the next. With each passing refresh, we see either Ford, Chevrolet, or Ram retake the torque and/or towing and payload crowns from another in an endless cycle of one-upmanship. And now, it has happened again. The Ford Super Duty, which previously offered the most torque in its class, has been beaten out by the 2021 Ram HD.
The 2021 Ram HD 3500 equipped with the 6.7L Cummins turbo-diesel inline-six produces 1,075 pound-feet of torque – 75 more than the previous model, and 25 more than the Ford 6.7L Power Stroke available in the Ford Super Duty. Ram and Cummins accomplished that jump in torque thanks to higher boost limits from a variable geometry turbocharger and flow rate increases in the fuel delivery system.
In addition to retaking the lead in the diesel torque department, the 2021 Ram HD also offers a segment-leading 37,100 pounds of towing capability when equipped with a new fifth wheel and gooseneck hitch that were designed in-house and are integrated into the production box floor. To help support that weight, the rear portion of the frame includes fully boxed rails and the rear-axle structural crossmember.
Additionally, the standard 4/7-pin trailer connector at the bumper and an additional 7-pin connector are integrated into the rear of the bed to easily wire a trailer. Using a conventional hitch, the maximum trailer weight rating comes in at 23,000 pounds.
Also new for 2021, the Ram Heavy Duty features a digital rearview mirror that displays video in real-time from a rear-facing camera and can be turned off to revert back to a traditional reflective mirror. The digital rearview mirror is available on all Heavy Duty models.
The first 2021 Ram Heavy Duty high-output pickup trucks are scheduled to begin rolling off the production line this month.
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