Usually, pickup trucks are considered to be the workhorses of the car world. If you want something fast and fun, in most cases, you should go for a sports car or even a hot hatch. Pickups trucks are not associated with “fast rides” but adventurous ones, although, there are always some that go against the norm.
In the history of automobiles, or rather in the recent history of pickup trucks, automakers have gotten bolder when it comes to pickup trucks. With beastly engines, some pickup trucks can not only give you the ride of your life but also prove to be way more powerful than even the supercars. This may sound like a bit of a far-fetched claim, but we have numbers to prove it.
Of course, having scarily powerful pickup trucks is nothing new, considering the first time a pickup truck went and took down every other “fast car” was in 1978, with Dodge’s Li’l Red Express, the fastest four-wheeler for the year. Here are the more recent pickup trucks that could outdo a supercar.
10 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Mammoth 1000 By Hennessey
Aptly named the Mammoth, this TRX can put any supercar to shame. The Hennessey-tuned RAM 1500 TRX clocks a 0-to-60 MPH time in mere 3.2 seconds and a quarter-mile in 11.4.
It’s got a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 cranking out a staggering 1012 horses and 969 pound-feet of torque for a near-supersonic speed. Only 200 of these Hennessey masterpieces are on the platter for truck lovers whose sole intention is to decimate supercars. It’ll set you back by about $135,000 at least, inclusive of the price of a new Ram 1500 TRX. But it’s your only chance to own the world’s most powerful pickup.
9 2021 Rivian R1T
The Rivian R1T became the first electric pickup to hit the US bazaar last year and was immediately declared the 2022 Truck Of The Year by MotorTrend.
While Rivian has been in news recently because of the controversy regarding its price increase, nothing can stop it from ruling the electric pickup market in the future, save perhaps, the Cybertruck. The R1T boasts four electric motors, one for each wheel, thrashing out up to 835 horses for an astonishing 3.3-second 0-to-60 MPH spin, which is better than many supercars of this age.
8 2021 Shelby Ford F-150 Super Snake
If it’s Shelby, it’s got to be lightning fast. On the same lines, this Shelby Ford F-150 uses the blueprint of its nerve-wracking cousin, the 825-horsepower Super Snake Mustang. It’s got a supercharged version of a Ford 5.0-liter Coyote V8 pumping out a massive 775 horses, for closing a 0-to-60 MPH time in an electrifying 3.45 seconds.
A bevy of Shelby-specific upgrades makes this Ford a pickup on ‘roids. Shelby is only looking at 300 units for this muscle truck, so you need to contact its sales team ASAP before it gets out of your reach.
7 2020 Jeep Gladiator Maximus By Hennessey
This one is an exemplary pickup for the horsepower junkies. Texas-based Hennessey re-tuned this 2020 Jeep Gladiator and dubbed it the Maximus 1000 because it jets a mindboggling 1000 horses and 933 lb-ft of torque. It gets a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 that propels it to achieve a 0-to-60 MPH time of just 3.9 seconds.
Since the production run was only 24 units, the Maximus cost plenty with a hefty base price of $225,000 all-inclusive. However, you also get a plethora of robust off-road goodies from the house of Hennessey to justify this price.
6 1991 GMC Syclone: A Definite Storm
The GMC Syclone came and went but left a lasting impression in the world of muscle pickup trucks. This is the only pickup on the list that’s beaten a supercar in a real-life tug-of-war contest. The 1991 Ferrari 348 ts did a 0-to-60 MPH run in 6.0 seconds while the 1991 GMC Syclone outdid it by clocking the run in a lesser 5.3-second.
The Ferrari ran a quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds while the Syclone did it in just 14.1. This badass muscle truck has got a turbocharged 4.3-liter V6 cranking out 280 horses for some insane acceleration.
5 2020 Ford F-150 Nitemare By Roush
The Michigan-based tuner Roush is another key player like Hennessey in the US who can turn basic pickup trucks into super trucks pumping out crazy horsepower. The 650-horsepower Roush Nitemare is one such street-tuned Ford F-150 that boasts of a 0-to-60 MPH time of fewer than 4.0 seconds.
It gets a Roush supercharger, a cat-back/switchable active exhaust, 22-inch black wheels, and a lowering kit for this lightning acceleration. There are a bunch of aesthetic modifications, like a custom grille and Roush graphics, for you to feel special if the speed is not special enough.
4 2022 Ram 1500 TRX
This RAM TRX is not tuned by anyone, but it does pretty well without it. Packed with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 hammering out 702 horses and 650 lb-ft of torque, it’s a run-of-the-mill RAM 1500 on ‘roids.
The TRX is a dedicated off-road performance truck that boasts a 3.7-second 0-to-60 MPH feat when unleashed on public roads. This makes it the world’s fastest and most powerful production pickup truck that can match the power of any supercar of today.
3 2021 Ford F-150 Venom 800 By Hennessey
The ordinary 2021 Ford F-150 cranks out 400 horses and 410 lb-ft of torque using a 5.0-liter Ford Coyote V8 mill. However, this Hennessey- modified pickup that they call Venom 800, can put out a massive 805 horses and 727 lb-ft of torque.
It can do a 0-to-60 MPH sprint in just 3.6 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds. It gets a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger and a stainless steel cat-back exhaust, 20-Inch Hennessey wheels, and a host of other upgrades to spit out these mind-blowing results.
2 2008-2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged
With a 4.4-second 0-to-60 MPH score, the Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged is thought of as one of the fastest pickups of its time. Plus, it’s a regular supercar decimator.
The stock 5.7-liter Toyota V8 gets an Eaton Twin Vortices supercharger and cat-back dual exhaust to spit out 504 horses and 550 lb-ft of torque. This Super Truck also received other TRD goodies like TRD big brake kit, TRD lowering suspension, TRD rear anti-sway bar, Toyo Proxes tires, and TRD polished aluminum wheels for these spectacular results.
1 2022 GMC Hummer EV SUT
After a long break, the gas-guzzling Hummer made a sensational comeback this year. GMC is resurrecting this nameplate as an all-electric super-truck that you may have never seen before. It gets a formidable setup of the electric motor jetting out a staggering 1000 horses. This brute force propels this 9000-pound beast towards the 0-to-60 MPH milestone in just 3.0 seconds.
All thanks to its "Watts to Freedom" mode that unleashes the maximum from its battery-electric powerplant. With 11,500 lb-ft of electric torque, it’s going to have immense pulling power as well.