Features

The world’s craziest pick-up trucks - page 2

From wacky concepts to rare collector cars and ground-shaking monster trucks – the humble pick-up has always inspired enthusiasts willing to take things to extremes…

Dodge Ram SRT-10

Dodge

When the Dodge brand wanted to make a big noise in the pick-up truck market back in the mid-noughties, DaimlerChrysler Performance Vehicle Ops turned to the legendary Dodge Viper for inspiration – and its engine.

Yes, under the Ram SRT-10’s bulbous hood you’ll find a 500bhp 8.3-litre V10 that hurls this iconic and now collectible performance pick-up to 60mph in 4.9 seconds and on to a terrifying 147mph. Lowered uprated suspension and bigger brakes were part of the package, along with the honeycomb grill, hood scoop and a rear spoiler above the tailgate.

Honda Civic Type R pick-up concept

Honda engineers based at the company’s Swindon factory were responsible for this one-off ‘concept’ version of the Honda Civic Type R hot hatchback. Known as Project P, the hot hauler version was built to celebrate the first anniversary of current Type R production.

As you can see the pick-up retains the big rear wing of the road car, but it’s moveable to allow access to the load bay – which is roomy enough to swallow a couple of Honda lawnmowers. The engine and chassis are standard Type R, so that means a 316bhp turbo 2.0-litre engine. Enough for a sub-six second 0-62mph time and a 165mph top speed, the manufacturer reckons

GMC Syclone

GMC

The Syclone is another legendary performance icon from the USA, built from 1991-2 when it was the fastest factory-produced pick-up truck in the world. Unusually it didn’t have a meaty V8 engine, but instead featured a turbocharged 4.3-litre V6 – which nonetheless made it as quick as contemporary Chevrolet Corvette models, and it even gave the Ferrari 348 a run for its money.

Permanent four-wheel drive, sports suspension and anti-lock brakes kept the show on the road, and although its 280bhp sounds relatively paltry today, the Syclone would do 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds.

Read about Isuzu’s F1-powered pick-up on page 3…

Recommended

New Torsus Praetorian School Bus is £330,000 off-road specialist
Vans

New Torsus Praetorian School Bus is £330,000 off-road specialist

Off-road specialist has unveiled a new variant of the Torsus Praetorian, designed to ferry kids over the world’s most inhospitable school runs
22 Oct 2020
Best 5-seat combi and crew vans on sale 2020
Best cars & vans

Best 5-seat combi and crew vans on sale 2020

We pick the vans that are best at carrying a mix of cargo and passengers in out top 10 crew vans round-up
21 Oct 2020
The fastest vans in the world
Best cars & vans

The fastest vans in the world

Vans aren’t usually built for speed but if performance is your priority, the world’s fastest vans can really deliver the goods.
20 Oct 2020
Euro 6 vans and trucks: EU emissions rules for commercial vehicles explained
Vans

Euro 6 vans and trucks: EU emissions rules for commercial vehicles explained

New vans and trucks have to comply with Euro 6 emissions standards. Here’s what that means in detail
15 Oct 2020

Most Popular

New Fiat Panda facelift gains Sport model as part of nip-tuck
Fiat Panda

New Fiat Panda facelift gains Sport model as part of nip-tuck

The Fiat Panda has been overhauled for 2020, with a new infotainment display part of the package alongside a new look trim structure
23 Oct 2020
New Suzuki Across 2020 review
Suzuki Across

New Suzuki Across 2020 review

The Suzuki Across is essentially a rebadged Toyota RAV4, but it brings plug-in hybrid power to the Japanese brand for the first time
24 Oct 2020
New Audi S3 Saloon 2020 review
Audi S3 Saloon

New Audi S3 Saloon 2020 review

The new Audi S3 Saloon takes on the Mercedes-AMG A 35 Saloon and BMW M235i Gran Coupe with 306bhp
21 Oct 2020