Since 1989, Cummins engines have been available as an option in RAM pickups. The partnership between Cummins and RAM has resulted in the production of some of the toughest, most reliable trucks on the road for over three decades.
Cummins has been at the forefront of innovation, power, and durability, from their 5.9-liter, 160-horsepower engines to the 6.7-liter, 400-horsepower engines available in today’s RAM pickups. RAM launched in 1981 and needed something unique to distinguish itself from Ford and General Motors. That’s where Cummins came in.
The collaboration between Cummins and Chrysler led to the incorporation of the new Cummins B-series engine into the RAM, a move that would benefit both companies. Cummins was already an established leader in commercial vehicles, and the B-series engine was their first foray into the medium-duty pickup arena.
Dodge engineers engineered the RAM to accommodate the size and power of the Cummins turbo diesel engine. The first Cummins-powered RAM hit the streets in 1989, boasting 400 pounds-feet of torque and leaving the competition behind. This marked the start of a robust relationship between the two companies, leading to some significant milestones throughout the years.
The first Cummins-powered RAM was introduced in 1989. In 1996, the engine exceeded 200-horsepower, and in 2001, it surpassed 500-pound-feet of torque. In 2007, Cummins launched the 6.7-liter, 350-horsepower engine, and in 2013, it reached 385-horsepower, 850 pounds-feet of torque. In 2019, Cummins achieved a significant milestone when the engine hit 1,000 pounds-feet of torque.