While truck lovers are typically known for craving power, it’s usually for hauling heavy payloads, not hauling on the dragstrip. But every now and then, engineers at some of the world’s biggest automakers get lucky and slip an insanely fast pickup past the corporate lawyers and bean counters out onto the streets.
Descended from the muscle and sports car communities, a small but lively group of truck enthusiasts have continued to egg on manufacturers in the race to build faster trucks. And while virtually none of these muscle trucks are appreciated the way a Boss Mustang or Camaro SS are, a few have gone on to become legends in their own rights. Read The Rest At Cheatsheet.com…
Where the Ram 1500 TRX uses brute, old-school power fed by gasoline, clubbed baby seals, and scorched rainforests (okay, we’re mostly kidding), the Rivian R1T turns to a new-school approach. This all-electric pickup uses four electric motors-one per wheel!-pumping out a combined 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque, fed by a 135-kWh battery pack.
It seems like all the news these days is about full-size, one-ton, heavy-duty pickup trucks with a dual rear axle and prices approaching $100,000, but not everybody needs such a monster machine. Some folks just need a good, solid work truck – a big one, something that can haul, tow and get folks to a jobsite that may not be on a paved road.
Honda United Kingdom has showcased a Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept. Built by a specialist team from the product engineering department at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) factory in Swindon and codenamed Project P, the vehicle has been modified and developed from the standard road car to create, potentially, one of the fastest pick-up trucks on UK roads.
Pop quiz, hotshot: What’s the quickest way to haul a few thousand pounds? Let’s review the options, because against all odds, on the eve of the electric car revolution, the limited-edition performance pickup truck market is somehow expanding. And the 800-horsepower Chevrolet Yenko/SC Silverado just might be the ultimate expression of unbridled excess as of early 2018.