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News 2021 Ram HD Turns Up Torque to 1,075 lb-ft

2021 Ram HD Turns Up Torque to 1,075 lb-ft

Ram gets more torque, more towing

  • Most torque for Ram Cummins

  • Now has highest tow rating to match


Ram is upping the truck wars once again with the 2021 Ram HD. It takes the crown for best-in-class gooseneck towing as well as offering the most torque of any pickup you can buy new at a dealership.

It seems like every year there is a fight to see who can add just a little bit more to their already massively capable HD pickups, and this year puts Ram comfortably on top. The first diesel pickup to hit 1,000 lb-ft of torque, the Ram’s 6.7L High Output Cummins turbodiesel this year makes 1,075 lb-ft. That’s more than the Ford Super-Duty truck’s 1,050 and well ahead of the somehow piddling-sounding 910 lb-ft that the Duramax diesel offers in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

Towing, too, is boosted, and using a gooseneck hitch with the proper spec truck it will tow a maximum of 37,100 lbs. That’s 16,828 kg. It’s well over the 35,750 that an F-350 offers maxed-out, and still usefully over the 36,000 lbs from GM. Though it might be well over what your license allows, some drivers will need it, and everyone likes bragging rights in their truck.

The extra capacity comes from a hitch designed in-house by Ram, and is aided by upgrades to the rear frame’s fully-boxed rails and the structural member for the rear axle. The extra torque comes from a variable geometry turbo and increased fuel flow rates allowing for more boost.

Also new for 2021 is a digital rearview mirror that shows real-time video from a camera facing toward the rear. It can let you see “through” rear seat passengers and over cargo in the bed. An external power plug in the bed is available as well. Conventional hitch towing maxes out at 23,000 lbs. The 2021 Ram HD trucks hit dealers this month.

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