The 2016 Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline six-cylinder engine and optional Aisin six-speed automatic transmission will feature what Ram is calling a "best-in-class 900 pound-feet of torque" or 35 lb-ft more than the previous model.
Heavy-duty Ram trucks with the automaker's standard six-speed automatic transmissions deliver 800 lb-ft of torque. Trucks with the six-speed manual transmission deliver 660 lb-ft of torque.
The high-output 2016 Ram 3500 also boasts an industry-best maximum towing rating of 31,210 pounds, an increase of 1,210 pounds compared to a similarly equipped 2015 Ram 3500 with an Aisin six-speed transmission.
"The torque number is really going to get people going," said Ram spokesman Nick Cappa in a phone conversation with Edmunds. "When you look at purchase reasons in the heavy-duty (truck) segment, 20 percent is capability.
"These buyers haul. They tow. The more torque, the more payload and towing capacity. The torque is the number that helps you become king of the hill."
Ram also announced pricing on some of its 2016 truck lineup.
Cappa said 2016 Ram 1500 pricing is not available yet.
The 2016 Ram 2500 starts at $32,680, including a $1,195 destination charge, reflecting a $500 price increase over the 2015 model.
The 2016 Ram 3500 starts at $33,185, including shipping, for a price increase of $250 over the previous model.
Edmunds says: Ram comes out gunning for the competition with an impressive torque number on a version of the 2016 heavy-duty Ram truck. At this point, 900 is the magic number in this highly competitive segment.