This might come as a surprise to you, but the good-old trucks (American and not so much) are not only good for hauling those weights – they can also be the fastest trucks (if you want them to). And while pick-up fans do love extra amounts of that power, it’s usually the towing might they want, not sports car-like zero to 60 miles per hour jumps. Still, I’m happy to say that we do have some fast-paced truckers in the industry, you just gotta spot them in the crowd. Every once in a while something clicks (you might say the stars align) and the engineers at some of the mightiest automobile manufacturers go crazy and create an anomaly: a ridiculously speedy truck that – nobody knows how – gets past the marketing team and all kinds of strict folks in suits and hits the dealerships throughout the world. Come to think of it, this is a pretty rare event.
A Legendary Pick-Up Trucks? Why Not!
Now, if you’re a sucker for muscle cars AND sports cars (yep, that can happen), then I’m pretty sure you already know all the speedsters I’m about to introduce to you better than me and you’ve been nagging the respective automakers to invest more into this awesome endeavor. If you’re a fan, I bet that’s exactly what you’re doing right now. And even though a truck, no matter how fast and awesome, can never be as legendary as the Mustang or the Chevy Camaro, there are some icons among them that are worshiped on the same scale. I gotta say that the list represents the swiftest and the sharpest pick-up trucks that hit production (no concept models). I’ve got plenty of heat to share with y’all, so, let’s just get right to it and start from bottom up to the very top, based on that zero to 60MPH jump. Ready? Then let’s make the engines roar!
The Fastest Trucks: #1 – The Chevy Silverado SS
The beginning of the 21st century was a great time for the fastest trucks: you had Ford, Chevy and Toyota going hard and being proud of it, and that’s exactly when we all found out that a pick-up can look and feel cool and not just be a means of transporting those heavy payloads. So, when Chevrolet decided to give the Silverado SS a go, they were definitely getting a lot of inspiration from NASCAR (hugely popular back in the day). The SS doesn’t look anything like the Silverado 2015 edition (it actually looks a lot like the modern-day Tacomas, if you ask me), but it definitely did pack a mean punch: this beast could easily fly from 0 to 60MPH in 6.3 seconds. Under the hood you had quite a mighty engine that was capable of 345 Horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Yeah, back in 2000+ this truck was one of the fastest in the segment, even though it can’t really compete with the monsters that I’ve got down the list.
The Fastest Trucks: #2 – The Toyota Tacoma X-Runner
It’s no secret today that Toyota practically fought its way through the concrete jungle and established itself as one of the greatest manufacturers of the fastest trucks. And one of its super-popular models – the dearly-loved Tacoma – has tons of trims and editions to choose from and the 2004-’13 X-Runner is definitely the fastest one of the all. Disclaimer: this beautiful monster is officially confirmed to hit the sack in 2016, meaning serial production will be stopped. So it’s safe to say that this automatically means the X-Runner is gonna be quite a hard act to follow, therefore, if you were planning on buying one, this probably is your final chance. Alright, how fast is it? The quickest Tacoma in the world goes from rest to 60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds, with the regular model doing the same a second-or-so slower. The engine, in case you were wondering, is a 4.0-lit V6 that’s good for 236 Horsepower and about the same lb-ft of torque.
The Fastest Trucks: #3 – The 2015 Chevrolet 1500 High Country
Aha, that’s the second Chevy today, folks. And it’s the same model! Yep, the full name is Silverado 1500. Remember how I just said that the SS doesn’t even look like a distant sibling? Well, that just shows us how far the industry of pick-up trucks has come in about a decade or so. The 2015 Silver is the real deal, and apart from boasting one of the most comfortable, cozy and well-thought cabins/interiors ever and an impressive towing capacity of 12K pounds (that means you can easily tow the biggest boat or trailer in the world; honestly, you can two both), it also has a super-strong powertrain: it’s a mighty V8 that pumps out 420 Horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. As for acceleration, this mean stud goes from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds.
The Fastest Trucks: #4 – The 2015 Ford F-150 (3.5 EcoBoost) And SVT Lightning
Ford is the third big-time truck king in America (next to Chevy and Dodge) and the F-150 is arguably the best there is. The big news about the 2015 edition was the introduction of the aluminum-intensive architecture that allows the truck to drop about 700 pounds of weight. And the new “diet” is a pretty vital tool in achieving top-notch results. First of all, the 360 Horses-strong 3.5-lit V6 engine delivers the same torque as the Silverado 1500 we just talked about (460); second of all, it’s actually quicker than the rival too! The Ford F-150 with the V6 jumps from 0 to 60MPH in 5.6 seconds, which is 0.1 quicker. You think that’s not enough to proclaim yourself a winner? Well, Ford definitely doesn’t think so! By the way, the F-150 SVT Lighting from 15 years ago was even faster: it could do that 0-to-60 drive in 5.2 seconds! And that’s why folks are super-excited today after the company hinted that a comeback is on the way.
The Fastest Trucks: #5 – The GMC Syclone
As far as legends go, the Syclone from GMC is the biggest of them all. It’s a modern-day icon among pick-up trucks, even though it looks and feel like a regular thing – nothing special to it. However, it was an absolute champ on the road and wasn’t afraid to compete with the Lamborghini and Ferrari cars. And the funny thing is, sometimes the Syclone won! How is that possible? Ask Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear who originally took it for a test-drive back (like, way, way back) in 1991. This truck could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in staggering 4.6 to 5.3 seconds, which is, simply put, an unbelievable thing to say about a pick-up. A legend!
The Fastest Trucks: #6 – The RAM SRT10
Back in 2003 the SRT10 managed to beat the Ford F-150 SVT Lighting in a fair fight and won the crown for the fastest pick-up truck to date. The amazing fact about this RAM giant is that the mad engineers (scientists, rather) at the lab did something that nobody else thought of before: they swapped the powertrain and installed a Viper engine! It was a real-world monster V10 that pumped out 500 Horses and 525 pound-feet of torque. This was Dodge’s biggest crazy move that I can think of, and it was a loud and clear answer to Ford, saying “We Can Do Better”. In various tests the RAM SRT10 proved to be faster than the SVT Lighting: it swooshed from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds, breaking the record for the fastest truck in the industry.
The Fastest Trucks: #7 – Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged
Well, there you have it folks – the fastest pick-up truck that ever hit the worldwide markets. Nothing less, nothing more. I have to say that there’s a cloud of mystery over this one, and a bit of controversy. Back in 2008 the team at Motor Trend tested this ground-breaker on a race-track and reported that the Tundra TRD Supercharger can flash from nil to 60MPH in 4.4 seconds! And while lots of people tried to claim that number wasn’t real, nobody could actually be able to prove it, so, for now this IS the quickest truck on the planet. The engine is a pumped up 5.7-lit V8 making 504HP and 550 lb-ft of torque. So, this is a full-size pick-up that keeps up with the fastest supercars ever made, Ferraris, Porsches and Lambos included. Bravo, Toyota, the Japanese once again show that you don’t have to be US-born to make awesome the fastest trucks.
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