Many people who are shopping for trucks may not know that maximum towing capacity is not calculated the same way for each vehicle. With horsepower and torque, there is a standard system in place that all automakers must use, but until now there was nothing like this for maximum towing capacity. However, thanks to the Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE, this has now changed. Keep reading for more information.
The Society of Automotive Engineers has introduced a new maximum towing capacity calculating system called J2807. RAM is proud to be the first auto brand to apply the new standards on their trucks. To calculate the maximum towing capacity, J2807 simulates real-world towing in a variety of tests. Trucks must perform tests that include 0-60 miles per hour time allowance test, a climb test – checking the ability to climb a grade without dipping below a certain speed, and handling test.
You can expect to see the new standardized ratings on the 2015 RAM 1500, 2015 RAM 2500 and 2015 RAM 3500. But if you were wondering, here they are:
RAM 1500 with 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 – 7,600 lbs
RAM 1500 with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 – 9,200 lbs
RAM 1500 with 5.7-liter Hemi V8 – 10,650 lbs
RAM 2500 with 6.4-liter Hemi V8 – 16,300 lbs
RAM 2500 with 6.7-liter Cummins inline diesel – 17,970 lbs
RAM 3500 with 6.4-liter Hemi V8 – 16,420 lbs
RAM 3500 with 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six diesel – 30,000 lbs (!!!)
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