The Eight Fastest Factory Pickups

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Pickup trucks are no longer just for lugging around building materials. Thanks to modern engine technology and savvy automakers, these “hot haulers” can deliver neck-snapping performance that was  once only available in sports cars. Let’s discover the fastest stock pickups of the last 30 years. The listed 0-60 mph times are from the manufacturer or a major enthusiast publication.  We’ve skipped trucks from aftermarket companies that rework stock vehicles—sorry Hennessey and Shelby. 

2015 Ram 1500 R/T Hemi 

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  • 0-60: 5.4 Seconds 
  • Horsepower: 395 

Just as Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis) started calling its monster V-8s by the Hellcat moniker, Ram pushed out the “Hemi” label one more time with the Ram 1500 R/T Hemi.  Think of this as a more polished sport truck than the muscle-bound excess of the Ram SRT-10 or TRX pickups.  Respectable, not overwhelming horsepower and an 8-speed automatic meshed well with the regular cab and rear-wheel-drive configuration.  This 2015 Ram 1500 Sport has the same “Hemi” label* as the R/T model to signify the 5.7L V-8 engine it carries.  

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.2L V-8

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  • 0-60: 5.4 seconds
  • Horsepower: 420

Taking a cue from archrival Ford, Chevrolet squeezed a powerful engine into its best-selling vehicle. Offered only on the higher Silverado 1500 trims, the small-block 6.2L V-8 presented a potent option for performance-oriented truck buyers wanting a blue bow tie instead of the blue oval. Silverado owners could now brag about having the biggest eight-cylinder in a half-ton pickup. 460 lb-ft of torque and standard all-wheel-drive gives the Silverado a satisfying low-end grunt that’s often missing from non-eight-cylinder powerplants. Interested in a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500? Check out this one in the High Country trim with the 6.2L V-8 engine!

2001 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning

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  • 0-60: 5.2 seconds
  • Horsepower: 380

The engineers at Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) must have had fun with this one. Add a supercharger and other upgrades to the company’s solid 5.4L Triton V-8, then stuff the result into an F-150 along with a modified 4-speed transmission. The result? A powerful everyday hauler that generates a stump-pulling 450 lb-ft of torque. The Lightening’s 0-60 time was only 0.7 seconds slower than a 2001 Corvette Z06. That’s Impressive for a truck that can do all sorts of hauling. Ready to take on a new rebuild project? Take a look at this 2001 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning in our inventory

2019 Ford F-150 Limited

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  • 0-60: 5.0 Seconds
  • Horsepower: 450

For Ford truck buyers wanting a “go-fast” performance without the F-150 Raptor’s exaggerated looks, the automaker offered the 2019 Ford F-150 in Limited trim. Using the same twin-turbo V6 Raptor powerplant, Ford cooked up a luxurious and more expensive pickup variant. Featuring a leather-lined interior that would be right at home in a Mercedes-Benz or BMW, the Limited steered extreme pickups in a whole new direction. At the same time, the subtle exterior combined with outrageous power made this truck the ultimate sleeper. Stay ahead of the competition by using the Vehicle Alert feature to get notifications any time 2019 Ford F-150 Limited trucks are added to inventory.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew

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  • 0-60: 4.9 seconds
  • Horsepower: 450

Adding a potent twin-turbo 3.5L V-6 to America’s best-selling vehicle was a winning formula that made speed-loving F-150 enthusiasts drool with delight. Taking lessons from the previous generation Raptor, Ford made this version more sophisticated for drivers and more comfortable for passengers. Raw, brutish power, including 510 lbs-ft of torque, is managed by a 10-speed transmission and modified suspension that makes the Raptor agile both on and off the road. The larger SuperCrew format made for more interior space, especially in the second row. Ford also offered the truck in the smaller SuperCab configuration. The speed and comfort gives this truck the potential to be a great base for a Baja truck build.  Keep a lookout for one of your own here.

2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10

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  • 0-60: 4.9 seconds
  • Horsepower: 500

An 8.3L V-10 engine from the Dodge Viper will turn most vehicles into a screamer. So Ram’s current super truck, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, was likely inspired by the Dodge Ram SRT-10 pickup. This was back before Dodge’s trucks were spun off into the Ram division in 2010. Thanks to a NASCAR-inspired body design, the SRT-10 exhibits decent high-speed road manners, too. The air splitter below the front grille reduces vehicle lift, and the rear wing minimizes drag and increases downforce. A lowered body height adds to the truck’s sinister looks. These characteristics give the SRT-10 a customized look. Take a look at our truck inventory to find some customized “diamond in the ruff” trucks.

1991 GMC Syclone

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  • 0-60: 4.3 seconds
  • Horsepower: 280

Thirty years ago seems like the stone age in the automotive industry. Yet, GMC was able to engineer a performance pickup that would be impressive even in today’s world of advanced vehicle technology. The automaker added a Mitsubishi turbocharger, Garrett intercooler and other enhanced components to its ordinary 4.3L V-6 used in everything from regular trucks to the Chevy Malibu. 350 lb-ft of torque and a BorgWarner all-wheel-drive system makes the Syclone an awesome ride in any decade. Take a look at this 1991 Syclone in need of a serious restoration

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

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  • 0-60: 3.7 seconds
  • Horsepower: 702

. Many auto enthusiast publications have cited the TRX for being the fastest factory pickup ever tested. No wonder. A modified Hellcat engine delivers AWD power that can easily embarrass many Corvettes and Porsches. Ram wants TRX owners to take full advantage of the truck’s capabilities with a launch control system and performance data displayed on the infotainment screen. When not scorching rubber, TRX drivers can rely on an upgraded suspension, electronic locking differential and massive 35-inch tires to get them across just about any terrain. New model years are highly sought after so take advantage of the Vehicle Alert feature to get updates on any 2021 Ram 1500 TRXs that are added to inventory.

* DISCLAIMER: Our inventory is constantly changing. Vehicles mentioned in this blog may no longer be available.


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