When you think of pickup trucks, you may not automatically think about breaking any speed records. And you wouldn't be blamed for that. Traditionally, pickups have been built for power. And with so much of it, car makers didn't often bother themselves with making them fast. The advent of the muscle truck in the 1960's created a niche market for performance-driven pickups. The next two decades saw a greater focus on hauling capacity. However, the need for speed came creeping back, and by the late 1990's trucks like the Ford SVT Lightning were taking shares of the pickup market. The 2000's saw the birth of the performance truck, with some clocked at 0-60 in under 5 seconds.
As pickup trucks became luxury trucks and the lines between truck and SUV came closer together, more and more people looked for a truck to serve the same purpose as a car. The pickup market is stronger than ever in 2018, and it's also faster than ever.
The Silverado is as close to iconic as you can get, in an already iconic category. The top tier 6.2 liter V-8 churns out unreal power, and 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. It will outrun most passenger cars or sedans, and it does so in a cabin so quiet, you won't even realize that you're hauling a boat behind you.
Chevy Silverado HD
If the Silverado is meant to impress your friends and neighbors, the 2500HD is one that will scare the bejeezus out of them. The Duramax diesel engine coupled with the Allison transmission combo produces a whopping 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque, and with a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds, you'll be roaring on or off the road.
RAM 1500 SRT
The 2018 Canyon shows that less can be more, as its downsized Sierra-esque size maintains a superior tow capacity while picking up speed and style. Its smaller size means better fuel economy as well, which is not something you often hear when talking pickups. You'll be glad you have it though: with a 308-hp, the 3.6-liter V-6 engine that comes in from 0-60 at just under 6 seconds, you'll be having too much fun driving to stop for a refill.
The Big Three might get all the glory, but Toyota is that faithful friend always bringing up the rear and ready to lend a hand. The 2018 Tundra is available in exclusively V-8, with an option for a 5.7-liter engine that whips out 401 lb-ft of torque. The interior doesn't go hard for the luxury buyer, but there are plenty of people it will satisfy: with a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds, you'll be happy there's plenty to hold on to on the inside.
F-150 Roush Nitemare
Back in the day, Roush teamed up with Ford to produce an earlier version of the Nightmare that came equipped with a 5.4 V-8 that cranked out 445 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. For the newest version, they kicked that up to a supercharged 5.0 liter V-8 that delivers 600 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque. Roush claims the Nitemare will hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds which means that if you can catch up, it should be a sight to behold.
The F-150 didn't have to make any improvements, as it was already the top seller in the pickup market for 2017, but they did anyway. A ten-speed automatic transmission atop a 5.0 liter DOHC 32-valve V-8 that's pushing out 395 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque goes beyond what most drivers expect, and it's what keeps the Ford on top. Oh and you'll reach 60 in under 6 seconds, so you'll also get there first.