RAM 2500 and 3500 for 2016 - Pro Construction Guide

RAM 2500 and 3500 for 2016

2016 Ram pickupsFor 2016, RAM Truck says it offers the most capable three-quarter and 1-ton pickups in the segment.

High points of the RAM 2500 and 3500 for 2016

  • Diesel power – 900 lb-ft of torque with 6.7L Cummins
  • Heavy towing – Up to 31,210 pounds with the 3500
  • Medium towing – Up to 17,980 pounds with the 2500
  • Top payload – Up to 7,390 pounds with the 3500
  • Gasoline power – 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque with 6.4L Hemi V-8
  • Capacity – Gross combined weight rating of 39,100 pounds with the Ram 3500

RAM features include a five-link coil suspension with optional air suspension on the  2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on the  3500.

The 2016 model year brings a new Laramie Limited design offering premium materials, such as black full-leather seating, real wood interior components and unique badges. Like the 1500 models, there’s an all-black headliner and pillars combination.

RAM 2500 and 3500 offer gooseneck or 5th wheel capability. RAM features an in-box connection junction and a standard Class 5 receiver hitch with a four- and seven-pin connector on the bumper.

Two dual alternator systems on the heavy-duty pickups, providing additional power for higher electrical loads from commercial vehicle up-fits and accessories. RAM Heavy Duty models equipped with the Cummins 6.7L diesel engine offer dual 220-amp alternators. Both the RAM 2500 and 3500 equipped with the new 6.4L Hemi V-8 gas engine also offer a dual-alternator that combines 220- and 160-amp units.

The off-highway Power Wagon benefits from a five-link rear suspension and utilizes a unique front three-link. The Power Wagon is powered by the 6.4L Hemi V-8 engine.

Ram 2500

Ram 2500

RAM 2500 includes a compressed natural gas option, extended to include Regular Cab and 2WD. Equipped with a 5.7L Hemi V-8, the 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup is designed for fleet and retail customers and offers cost and emissions benefits. With gasoline, the 6.4-liter Hemi delivers 410 hp at 5,600 rpm and a peak torque rating of 429 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. The 66RFE 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with the 6.4L Hemi V-8.

Other engine options include the 5.7L Hemi V-8, standard equipment for the RAM 2500 and 3500 (SRW). The engine produces 383 hp at 5,600 rpm and generates peak torque of 400 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. The 5.7L Hemi V-8 is mated to a 66RFE 6-speed automatic transmission.

Dominating the torque charts, the 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 is available in three versions matched to three different transmissions. One is paired with the RAM 6-speed manual transmission, which features a wear-compensating clutch. This combination delivers 350 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm.

The Cummins with 68RFE 6-speed automatic transmission is rated 370 hp with 800 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm (Ram 2500). Finally, the 6.7L Cummins High-Output engine is paired with the Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission (AS69RC). In addition to 385 hp, the most powerful Cummins generates torque of 900 lb-ft at 1,700 rpm

Two BorgWarner part-time transfer cases are available on the RAM Heavy Duty. The BW 44-46 is an electric shifting part-time transfer case with 2WD, 4WD high, and 4WD low and neutral. The BW 44-47 is a manual shifting transfer case with 2WD, 4WD high, and 4WD low and neutral. Both options feature a low-range ratio of 2.64 and locking differential from front to rear.

−By Steve Sturgess, stevesturgess.com

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