20 Domestic Pickups That Were Actually Built For Speed

Chevy vs Ford vs Dodge; a tale as old as time. The competition among the three American producers can date all the way back to who made the first pick up truck. The original producer of the civilian pickup truck is argued to be in 1925 by Henry Ford, while others argue that Chevy 1918 Model, the "490", was the first. The "490" according to American Trucks came with just a frame; the body, bed and cab were sold separately; hence you would have to build your own truck.

Even before Ford produced the first pickup, Dodge was selling a version of their own when the Graham brothers starting using their own bodies mounted on a Dodge Chassis. According to All Par, their design was technically a van, which was also converted to be used as ambulances in world conflicts. Henry Ford gets the credit as Ford was the first factory produced pickup truck, calling it the "Model T Runabout". Ford based his design off of trucks that were already being used in the military. The Runabout had a four-cylinder engine that churned out 40 hp, and was highly popular according to American Trucks, as 34,000 were sold in just the first year of production.

Almost a decade later the three companies are still more competitive then ever, constantly trying to create the bigger, faster and more advanced model then the others. A vehicle that used to be used solely for work, is starting to get more recognition from the gear heads and the luxury lovers as all the pickup truck performance and features improve; today we will focus on speed.

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20 Dodge Ram Rebel TRX

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With production being confirmed earlier this year in 2018, the Ram Rebel TRX is expected to hit the markets as soon at 2021. The TRX is said to come with a supercharged 6.2-liter engine, the same engine you find in Dodge’s Hellcat, and will be capable of making 575 hp. According to Ram Trucks every passenger in the TRX will be strapped into a 6-point racing harness. An additional trim option named the TR is rumoured to come with a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter engine, and according to Motor1 is capable of making slightly less power at 520 hp and 525 lb/ft of max torque.

19 Ford lightning

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A member of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) the Ford Lightning, was first introduced to the world in 1993, but its performance was subpar and was discontinued after just three years. The lightning returned to the market in 1999 and the performance was anything but subpar.

The Lighting's supercharged 5.4-liter churns out 380 hp at 4750 rpm and 250 lb/ft of torque at 3,250 rpm.

The Lightning lives up to its name with a zero-to-60 in 5.2 seconds and according to Car and Driver was faster than the SVT Mustang Cobra on the quarter mile, with a time of 13.8 seconds.

18 GMC Syclone

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The GMC Syclone was only produced for one year in 1991 and only came in the color black. According to Popular Mechanics the all-wheel drive S-15 came packed with the Grand Nationals turbocharged V-6 4.30-liter engine. The Syclone was capable of doing zero-to-60 in 5.3 seconds, destroying a Ferarri 348 in a Car and Driver test. that was The Syclone may have been fast but it was definitely not practical as it was only capable of carrying 500 lbs in its bed and towing 2,000 lbs according Road and Track.

17 Dodge Ram SRT-10

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The SRT10, also nicknamed the Viper Truck, received a 8.3 liter V-10 Viper engine, hence the nickname. The Viper engine is capable of making 500 hp and 525 lb/ft of torque. Upon first release in 2004 the regular cab SRT10 was a bit weak in the towing department, but after Dodge released the quad cab the SRT10 capabilities were bulked up to a 7500 lb rating. The only downfall is the quad cab only came in automatic four-speed which according to Car and Driver was nothing to write home to mom about, producing harsh non-transitional shifts.

16 Ford F-150 Tremor

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New to Fords Special Vehicle Team (SVT) in 2014 was the Ford F-150 Tremor. The unique thing about the Tremor is that it is an EcoBoost with a V6 engine.

Don’t let the "eco" title scare you, the Tremor’s 3.5-liter twin turbo engine was capable of making 365 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque.

The Tremor came in both two and four wheel options. The 4x4 being just a bit faster, was able to do zero-to-60 in 5.8 seconds and can run a quarter mile in 14.3 according to Motor Trend.

15 Chevy SSR

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The Chevy Super Sport Roadster (SSR) was first introduced to the world in 2003, but wasn’t worth talking about until the changes that were made in 2005. In 2005 the new and improved SSR came with the LS2 6.0-liter engine, also used in the Corvette and GTO, with the option to pair it with an upgraded six-speed manual transmission. According to Motor Trend the LS2 was capable of making 390 hp at 5,400 rpm and 405 lb/ft of torque at 4,400 rpm; doing zero-to-60 in 5.5 seconds and a quarter mile in 14.1.

14 Dodge Dakota RT

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Upon being released the base model Dakota was the lightest truck Dodge made. The Dakota R/T came equipped with Dodge’s 5.9-liter Magnum, capable of making 250 hp at 4,400 and impressive 345 lb/ft of torque at 3,200 rpm.

The R/T ran a quarter mile in just less than 15 seconds.

In addition to the 5.9 the R/T received an upgraded exhaust, set of rubber and was two inches lower than the base model. Completely the opposite, the interior was stripped of all its power options with no option to add it according to Hot Rod.

13 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

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The GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Edition makes the list next, with Denali being the more luxurious and upscale line of GMC. The Sierra received a new eight-speed transmission in 2016, a modified version of the Corvettes. According to Motor Trend the added gears made the 6.2-liter engine capable of making 420 hp, zero-to-60 in 5.8 seconds with a quarter mile time of 14.2 seconds.

12 Dodge Shelby Dakota

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Carroll Shelby collaborated with Dodge on the first Dodge mini truck to received an eight cylinder engine, according to Hot Rod. The Dodge Shelby Dakota was only produced for one year, 1989, and according to Car and Driver, only 1475 trucks were made. The Shelby Dakota was front-wheel drive, and came packed with a 5.2-liter engine capable of making 175 hp at 4,000 rpm and 270 lb/ft of torque at 2,000 rpm which was a whole lot more impressive in 1989. According to The Drive, the first production of this truck was recently auctioned from Carrol Shelby’s personal collection at Barrett Jackson, and was sold for $39,600.

11 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Truck

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Dodge Lil’ Red Truck (LRT) was only produced for two years, 1978 and 1979, and according to Dodge Connection, just 7,306 trucks produced. The oil crisis in the early 70’s brought on engine requirements to reduce the smog, introducing the catalytic converter; putting the muscle car days to rest. Dodge found a loophole, as a vehicle weighing over 6,100 lbs running on leaded gas didn’t require cats or a full emission circle, and the LRT was born. The LRT’s 5.9-liter 360 was capable of making 225 hp and 340 lb/ft of torque, with Hot Rod clocking their quarter mile times at 15.71. According to Car and Driver, at the time the LRT was the fastest American made 0 to 100 mph vehicle

10 Lincoln Blackwood

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In 2002 Lincoln took a stab at making a pickup truck and released the Blackwood, discontinuing it after just one year with only 10,000 models produced according to Motor Trend. The Lincoln Blackwood may not be the fastest pick up to make the list, but in 2002 there really wasn’t anything like it on the market, a luxury pickup truck.

The Blackwood’s 5.4 V8 made 300 hp and was capable of doing zero-to-60 in 8.5 seconds.

The Blackwood only came in black with had a stainless steel and carpeted bed, a fiberglass tonneau cover you can control with the flip of a switch according to Car and Driver. The tailgate was replaced a split tailgate, that opens like French doors.

9 Dodge 1500 RT Hemi

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R/T, which stands for "Road and Track" doesn't seems to have a place in the world of pickups, but let us introduce the Dodge 1500 R/T. The 2015 1500 R/T's 5.7 HEMI paired with the 8HP79 eight-speed automatic transmission made 395 hp with 410 lb/ft of torque, and according to Car and Driver was capable of doing zero-to-6- in 5.4 seconds. The R/T only came in rear-wheel drive, with a single cab option. The sporty truck look was achieved with its oversized wheels and sport hood, which were a standard option.

8 Dodge Macho PowerWagon

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The Macho was a limited edition package that was made for the Power Wagon for a few short years spanning from 1977 to 1981. The Macho was part of Dodge’s “Adult Toys from Dodge” campaign that was created in the late 1970’s, according to Street Muscle Mag, to vamp up Dodge trucks and vans in particular.

The Power Wagon added a roll bar, big tires and a flashy paint job to help create the Macho edition.

The Macho was most famously known to appear in the 80’s TV show “Simon and Simon”. The new version above is generating plenty of buzz.

7 Rod Hall Signature Edition Dodge

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Rod Hall, one of the best Baja racers of all time, teamed up with Dodge to create the Rod Hall Signature Edition. The limited edition truck was first released to world in 1986, but all 14 were seized after the NHTSA found the suspension to not be up to their standard. Rod Hall recruited Carrol Shelby to help out with the design of the 1990 model, but sadly only 33 were completed before Shelby had a heart attack and production ended, making it one of the rarest special edition trucks to be made. But according to Popular Mechanics the Rod Hall looked faster than it actually was, as the 318 V8 only made 170 hp.

6 Chevy El Camino

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The Chevy El Camino is bit of a stretch, but it has a bed so its technically a truck even though it’s a muscle car. The El Camino was produced for over 20 years, but the third generation is favored to be the best according to Hemming, as that’s when the Z15/LS6 was introduced.

The Z15/LS6 was only an available option in 1970, with only 4,475 of them produced.

The was capable of making 450 hp at 5,600 rpm and 500 lb/ft of torque at 3,200 rpm, running a quarter mile in 14.7 seconds, making the EL Camino the fastest truck in the world at the time.

5 Chevy C1500 454 SS

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The Chevy C1500 454 SS was introduced to the world in 1990, and was produced for just three short years. According to Jalopnik the rear-wheel drive 454SS came only in the color black paired with a red interior. The SS had a 7.4-liter engine that churned out 230 hp and 385 lb/ft of torque at just 1600 rpm, and according to RoadKill running a quarter mile in less than 8 seconds. Some other mentionable features for the SS were upgrades to the steering, cooling, and gearing systems, with upgraded Bilstein shocks and a front anti roll bar.

4 Jeep Gladiator

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The Jeep Gladiator, later to be known as the J-series had lots of bragging rights as it was the replacement to the military used Dodge M37, and was produced for a consecutive 24 years with lots of changes throughout the years. Things got really interesting in 1963 for the Gladiator when the new V8 named “Vigilante” was added under the hood, according to All Par, the Vigilante churned out 250 hp at 4,700 rpm and 340 lb/ft of torque at just 2,600 rpm. The new concept seen above is already exciting many Jeep fans.

3 Ford Raptor

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The Ford Raptor, and member of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) was first introduced to the market in 2010. At the time the Raptor came with the Cadillac Escalade’s 6.2 V8, which was capable of making 411 hp and 434 lb/ft of torque.

In 2017 the Raptor opted for a smaller engine, with twin turbos and an aluminum body that shaved off 500lbs from the previous model.

According to Car and Driver, the Raptors new turbo charged V6 paired with a 10-speed transmission churns out 450 hp and capable of doing zero-to-60 in 5.1 seconds.

2 Hennessey Velociraptor

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One upping the 2017 Ford Raptor is the Performance company based out of Texas by the name of Hennessey Performance. Hennessy took the Ford Raptor and added an extra axel; that are lockable to create a 6x6 beast. That’s not all the upgrades the Velociraptor received. The turbocharged V6 received upgrades wastegates, improvements to its exhaust and cooling system, all tied together with a fresh tune; upping its power to a ridiculous 603 hp and 622 lb/ft of torque, making it capable of doing zero-to-60 in under 5 seconds. According to The Drive, Hennessy will limited their production to 50 velociraptors, but with a price tag of $349,000 I don’t see them selling out anytime soon.

1 Hennessy Performance Chevy Silverado

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Another one of Hennessy’s insane builds to make the list is their upgraded version of the Chevy Silverado. Hennessy supercharges the Silverado’s 6.2-liter engine, that’s already capable of making 420 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque, with their HPE800 supercharged upgrade. With the added supercharger, and a whole lot of other performance upgrades and forged internals, the Silverado increased its hp to 805 hp at 5,500 rpm and its torque to 812 lb/ft. According to Hennessy their Silverado has capabilities to reach zero to sixty in under 4 seconds and running a quarter mile in just 12.3 seconds.

Sources: Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Motor1, Hennessy, Jalopnik

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