Heavy Duty Ram 2500 and 3500 Engines and Towing
Towing and carrying heavy payloads are the two main reasons people buy a truck, especially heavy duty trucks. These kinds of trucks aren’t made to help a friend move a couch, no, heavy duty trucks like the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are made to move entire trailers and more. Their towing capacity comes down to the engine and the torque it can generate.
When it comes to heavy duty trucks like the Ram 2500 or the Ram 3500, they share the same three engines. These are the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with VVT, the 6.4-liter HEMI V8, and the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. The rule is, the more torque the more towing power an engine can provide. For both the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500, the horsepower and torque are roughly the same for each gasoline-powered engine, but has a slight change when using the diesel engine.
When equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, the Ram 2500 generates 370-horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque. However, the Ram 3500 has an upgraded AISIN transmission that helps to increase power to 385-horsepower and 900 lb-ft of torque.
Towing capacity between the two have little change, however the Ram 3500 is available with a dually option and this gives the truck a substantial boost in towing and payload capacity.
|Ram 2500||Max. Towing Capacity||Max. Payload|
|5.7-liter HEMI V8||13,900 pounds||3,060 pounds|
|6.4-liter HEMI V8||16,300 pounds||3,990 pounds|
|6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel||18,000 pounds||3,160 pounds|
|5.7-liter HEMI V8||13,900 pounds||4,080 pounds|
|6.4-liter HEMI V8||16,350 pounds||4,140 pounds|
|6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel||17,900 pounds||4,180 pounds|
|6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel Dually||31,200 pounds||6,580 pounds|
If you’re still not exactly sure you have all the details to make a purchase, check out this post on buying a heavy duty truck with the proper engine based on your needs and read why buyers purchase what they do.