These vans make a crazy couple
Full-size pickup trucks are popular in the United States for a variety of reasons. The Ram 1500, for example, has a stunning interior. Other trucks, like the Tesla Cybertruck, are ultra-efficient when it comes to fuel consumption. There’s nothing else that can quite do what a full-size truck can do. However, each truck must have a sufficient level of torque. Torque helps the vehicle start from a stop and pulls it up steep grades. It also contributes to the power of the vehicle when carrying objects or towing something behind it.
When an engine is pushed to its limit, torque measures the maximum amount of twisting force it can produce. Torque output is determined by a variety of factors, including motor size and design. Simply put, the more torque an engine has, the better equipped it is for tough jobs like towing, hauling or climbing steep grades. Here are the most powerful torque-based pickups.
ten 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor – 510 lb-ft
The horsepower and torque figures of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor are identical to those of the previous generation Raptor which ditched the older 6.2-liter V-8 in favor of the EcoBoost V6. That means the Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 produces 450 hp (the best of any F-150) and the second-best torque, which sits at 510 lb-ft.
The new F-150 Raptor, on the other hand, can tow even more than the model it replaces. Its maximum payload and conventional towing capacities also increase by 200 pounds to 1,400 and 8,200 pounds, respectively. The Ford F-150 Raptor is 6 inches wider than the F-150, giving it extra stability on the highway and off-road terrain, as well as a tougher, sportier appearance.
9 2005 Dodge Ram SRT10 – 525 lb-ft
The crazy Dodge Ram SRT10 is powered by an 8.3-liter V10 straight from the screaming monster that is the Dodge Viper. The ferocious V10 generated 500 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque. It was (and still is) uncharted territory for a pickup, and the SRT10 set a Guinness World Record for fastest full-size pickup, which it still holds today.
The truck was designed by the DaimlerChrysler Performance Vehicle Operations team, which included Viper, Prowler and racing experts who had previously worked on NASCAR cars and Le Mans Vipers. It was intended for towing, not unloaded acceleration.
8 2021 Ram 1500 TRX – 650 lb-ft
Not only is the Ram 1500 TRX the fastest, most powerful light-duty vehicle available, it also has the most torque. The supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 develops an astonishing 702 horsepower in addition to 650 lb-ft of torque. With these configurations, Ram drivers can expect a towing capacity of 8,100 pounds with the new Ram 1500 TRX model as well as a maximum trailer weight of 5,000 pounds.
While the TRX was intended for off-roading, the truck’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 Hellcat makes it pretty quick on pavement. Ram claims it will go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
seven 2022 F-150 Lightning – 775 lb-ft
Looking to buy a new truck this year? Need something big and powerful that can do more than just get the job done? Then you might want to consider the Ford F-150 Lightning. With performance specifications that go above and beyond, the Ford F-150 Lightning gives you the ability to tow heavy trailers with ease.
The F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for more than four decades, leaps into the future with the F-150 Lightning, which boasts all the benefits of electrification and is packed with connected technology. The F-150 Lightning is a powerhouse with 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque – the most torque of any F-150 ever created – a thrilling ride, high-tech features and the ability to tow up to 10,000 pounds.
6 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD – 910 lb-ft
There’s only one new feature on the 2017 GMC Sierra HD, but it’s important. According to the automaker, the truck’s new 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V8 produces a massive 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. It’s also fun to drive.
The Sierra 2500HD offers an incredibly comfortable ride for a rugged pickup. It maintains control of body movements even when not towing a large load or carrying heavy objects in bed. Although the 3500HD has a stiffer ride, it’s not punishing.
5 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD – 910 lb-ft
Heavy-duty pickups, like the 2021 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, are built to tackle jobs their half-ton counterparts can’t. Although they share a brand with the smaller Silverado 1500, they are equipped with a Duramax V-8 engine that produces 910 lb-ft of torque and has a maximum towing capacity of 36,000 pounds.
The gasoline engine and six-speed automatic transmission work well together to keep the truck’s speed under control, which is especially vital when climbing steep grades. Still, the Duramax powertrain is the one for you if you frequently tow heavy trucks. The Silverado is surprisingly easy to drive and handles well for its size. Ride quality is decent, but it bounces around a bit on uneven roads.
4 2020 Ford F-250 – 1,050 lb-ft
The 2020 Ford F-250 is a rugged, hard-working truck that can serve as a basic truck for workers or a luxury vehicle for your business or family. It was designed for heavy-duty work and has exceptional towing and hauling capabilities. The 2020 F-250 only has three engine options, but they’re all terrifically powerful. The standard engine is a 6.2-liter V8 developing 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 model gets a new engine: a 7.3-liter V8 developing 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque.
If those two options aren’t quite what you’re looking for, the F-250’s turbocharged diesel V8 engine produces up to 475 horsepower and an incredible 1,050 lb-ft of torque. So whether you’re hauling a large payload or towing the heaviest trailers, the F-250 truck is built to excel in conquering the toughest jobs.
3 2021 Ford F-450 Lariat – 1050 lb-ft
The 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty Lariat does not disappoint when it comes to engine specs, which is always the first consideration when it comes to pickup trucks. This truck is powered by a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbodiesel engine producing 1,050 lb-ft of torque and 475 hp. You can tow up to 24,200 pounds with conventional towing and 35,000 pounds with 5-wheel/gooseneck towing with this kind of power.
The Ford F-450 Lariat features the most advanced powertrain lineup to date, so it’s no surprise that its impressive torque and capability characteristics go perfectly with it. So, the Ford F-450 Lariat is a capable truck that can handle the toughest jobs.
2 2022 Super Duty F-450 XLT – 1,050 lb-ft
This is where we get into the realm of insane torque figures. For more than 40 years, the Ford F-150 has been America’s favorite pickup, and it’s one of the most powerful and outstanding full-size trucks on the market. That said, it’s still a lightweight model, and while it works well for most riders, some want more power. That’s when the 2022 Ford Super Duty lineup comes in.
The 2022 Super Duty F-450 XLT lineup features a 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel V8 engine with 1,050 lb-ft of torque, which adds up to a solid 475 hp. It can tow up to 37,000 pounds, which is both bizarre and way more than the weight limit of a typical Class A driver’s license.
1 2021 Ram 3500 HD – 1,075 lb-ft
The battle for top rankings in the heavy-duty truck segment is endless, and Chrysler recently increased its lead in several major categories with the 2021 Ram 3500 HD and its Cummins diesel engine. The most notable figure is the maximum towing capacity, which is 1,075 lb-ft.
That’s 75 more than the previous year’s model and 25 more than the optional 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 (1050 total lb-ft) on the Super Duty. Ram says it raised the boost limits of the variable-geometry turbocharger and increased the flow rate of the fuel system to extract the extra torque. Plus, they increased the gooseneck towing capacity to 37,100 pounds, earning them the best-in-class award.
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