America’s love affair with the pick-up truck moved up a notch this week. The Detroit motor show saw the unveiling of what will become the replacement for the Ford F-150 – the most popular vehicle in the US.

The Chevrolet Silverado – GM’s top truck – and its sibling, the GMC Sierra, were also premiered in their latest guises.

But these three are trifling wimps next to the latest model from Ram Trucks, Chrysler’s commercial vehicle division.

The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty presumably has many talents, but it is a combination of massive engine, beefy transmission and an ultra-tough frame that conspires to create the single greatest figure to ever feature on a spec sheet.