The Toyota Tundra towed a space shuttle. Sort of.
Okay, not really.
In what was a brilliant marketing ploy and an exceptional illusion of capability, the Tundra, and its official 10,000-pound tow capacity, towed a 300,000-pound space shuttle over a Los Angeles bridge. The trick to the feat was a specially engineered tow rig the space shuttle sat on.
If you are fond of your U-joints, transfer case, transmission and the overall integrity of your truck’s frame, you’ll avoid any space-shuttle towing.
But the 2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty will be just one zero away from space-shuttle capacity.
Shockingly, the next Ram Heavy Duty will come with a 30,000-pound towing capacity. Let that sink in for a moment. Thirty thousand pounds. Fifteen tons.
The Ram will have no trouble declaring itself the winner of the capacity wars, with the closest competitor being the 23,000-pound-tow-capacity Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD. How was this feat accomplished?
Ram managed to beef up the truck’s 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine to a whopping 850 pound-feet of torque. That change also required a stiffer frame, stronger transfer case, tougher transmission and improved U-joints. All that translates, according to Ram, to “the most capable trucks we’ve ever built.”
If not the most capable trucks ever built, period.
The Ram 2500 will get a 18,500-pound tow capacity.
My question is: What on Earth are people towing these days? An unloaded semi truck weighs roughly 30,000 pounds. So does Big Ben. And the Massive Ordinance Penetrator bomb.
While 30,000 pounds certainly wins bragging rights and will make for fascinating TV commercials, is that much capacity really needed in consumer trucks?
The 2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty will debut at the Detroit Auto Show.
Tell us: Would you ever have the need to tow 30,000 pounds?