RAM 2500 and 3500 for 2016
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 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