Stock or modified, just because it has a cargo bed doesn’t mean it has to be slow. The first pickups arrived as utilitarian work horses that farmers used to tow loads and tow trailers. But over time, trucks became not just tools for farm work, but also a personal means of transportation for many people. In addition to utilities, modern trucks also offer luxury and performance. With the arrival of performance-oriented trucks in the late ’80s and early ’90s, a new trend slowly emerged.
Not surprisingly, these trucks are so popular with gearheads. Many manufacturers make crazy trucks that can seal the horns with modern sports cars and come out victorious. On the other hand, tuners also turn ordinary trucks into scary machines. Powered by powerful engines, these trucks defy the laws of physics to set and break speed records. So, here are five high-performance trucks that every enthusiast will want and five regular models that can become a true sleeper when modified.
10 Every Enthusiast Wants: Ford F-150 Raptor
For more than 40 years, the Ford F-150 has been a best-selling vehicle in the pickup truck market. To make it even better and more attractive, Ford SVT created the 2010 F-150 Raptor. Under the hood, the current model sports a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
Delivered via a 10-speed automatic transmission, the F-150 sends the Raptor to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and crosses the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds. Plus, it can tow 8,200 pounds and handle the toughest terrain without breaking a sweat.
9 Can be modified: Jeep gladiator
Jeep Gladiator is a durable mid-size truck that shares its pillars with the legendary Wrangler. It features removable and well-equipped chassis panels for serious towing tasks. Under the hood, it carries a 3.6-liter V6 that you can tune to get the more than the 285 horsepower it offers in stock form.
An optional 3-liter diesel engine produces 442 pound-feet of torque. With the abundance of aftermarket parts available, you can improve your Gladiator in many ways. You can change its appearance, improve its off-road trim, or improve its on-road performance.
8 Every Enthusiast Wants: Ram 1500 TRX
Standing wide and aggressive, the Ram 1500 TRX boasts an insane level of luxury more common in supercars. Under the hood, a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 sends out 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torsion through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Like a beast on steroids, the TRX can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and knock out the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds. It can tow 8100 pounds of your favorite game and sail up to 32 inches of water. But surprisingly, she also has benign road manners.
7 Can be modified: Ford Ranger
After serving as rims on the F-Series, the first independent Ranger arrived as a 1983 model. Currently in its fourth generation, it features a powerful turbo engine and offers excellent payload and towing capabilities.
It is one of the most popular trucks on the market and features phenomenal aftermarket support. Whether you want to dress up a new Ranger or want to give new life to an old model, the possibilities are limitless. With proper tuning, you can turn your Ranger into a truck with higher performance.
6 Every Enthusiast Wants: A GMC Syclone
In 1991, GMC shocked the automotive audience with its production The fastest stock pickup truck in the world. Available in black only, the Syclone was the high-performance version of the GMC Sonoma. The only power unit was a 4.3-liter V6 turbocharged engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
By today’s standards, the 280 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque the setup generates might not seem like much. However, in that time, the 3,607-pound truck sent to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and through the quarter mile in 13.4 seconds.
5 Can be modified: Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet’s Midsize Colorado began its life as a compact pickup truck to replace the S-10 for the 2004 model year. In its first generation, it offered a wide range of engines and three suspension options for different driving needs. It has improved over the years and is a great model for modifications.
With money and imagination, there is no limit to what Colorado can become. You can give it cosmetic upgrades to make it stand out or you can create a sleeper by tuning the engine to produce more horsepower.
4 Every Enthusiast Wants: Dodge Ram SRT-10
The Dodge Ram SRT-10 is the truck that dethroned Ford’s F-150 SVT Lightning as the world’s fastest production truck in 2004. Based on the third-generation Ram 1500, it wears a mid-profile front bumper, performance springs, Bilstein shocks, And a rear wing. Under the bulging hood, the third-generation Viper mill carries a massive 8.3-liter V10.
With 500 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque flowing to the rear wheels, the 5130-pound truck is exceptionally fast on its feet. Zero to 60 mph happens in 4.9 seconds while the quarter mile flashes in 12.6 seconds at 110 mph.
3 Can be modified: Toyota Hilux
Toyota Hilux is known for its toughness, and is one of the most popular pickup trucks in the world. During its more than five decades of production, it has traveled to the farthest corners of the globe and is back in one piece. Now in its eighth generation, it’s still as reliable as ever and features power options with massive tuning capabilities.
Furthermore, with an abundance of aftermarket parts, you can easily turn a reliable workhorse into a humble performance truck. With a solid build quality, you can’t go wrong with a Hilux.
2 Every enthusiast wants: Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
Debuting in 1999 based on the 10th generation F-150, the second generation SVT Lightning has seen several updates in the 6-year production process. It was powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 mill fitted to a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
In 2001, production increased from 360 horsepower and 440 pound-feet to 380 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. With the new output, the Lightning can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and cross the quarter mile in 13.6 seconds. Until the arrival of the 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10, The SVT Lightning was the world’s fastest production truck.
1 Can be modified: Ford -150
America’s most popular half-ton truck is a premium vehicle that offers a wide range of engines, truck-friendly features, and class-leading towing capacity. It’s been in production for over 70 years, so there’s no shortage of aftermarket parts for molding. Moreover, it also offers a wide range of decorations to choose from.
Serving as a base for performance models like the SVT Lightning and Raptor is indicative of the F-150’s tuning capabilities. With the right ideas and money for parts, you can create your own unique high-performance version of the F-150.