A good V8 makes a fast truck. Of course, modern V8s are being overtaken by electric trucks and even complicated turbocharged hybrid trucks in horse racing. But it’s hard to beat the growl of a big Hemi or Coyote, or like the stonk of a 6.2-liter Chevy—the biggest block on the block. The Ford Raptor R, which should have a Shelby Mustang V8, isn’t out yet, but we can’t wait to see where it ranks on this list of the fastest V8 trucks.
Which trucks are not on the list?
The Raptor isn’t on the list because it uses Ford’s 450-hp EcoBoost V6. FYI, it will stomp to 60 in about 5.3 seconds. That would put the Raptor at the top of the list. Additionally, the Toyota Tundra hybrid was released. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning also doesn’t make the list, although it can hit 60 mph in around 4.4 seconds because it’s all-electric. The V8 rule also removes the 2023 Rivian R1T and the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. If you want more power, you can always upgrade your V8 to a V6.
Ford F-150 5.0 V8: 6.2 seconds at 60
Ford took the fabulous V8 from the Mustang GT and dropped it in the F-150. It’s an interesting engine that Ford calls the 5.0 but is actually 5038cc. With a 10-speed automatic transmission, it can hit 60 in around 6.3 seconds, depending on who tests it. It’s slower than the EcoBoost V6, but it’s still no slouch. The big reason, then, to get the 5.0 and let your hair blow is its sound. It looks like a Mustang, and no one will complain about it, even though it’s not one of the fastest V8 trucks.
Ram 1500: 5.9 seconds at 60
The Ram 1500 with the Hemi V8 with eTorque does pretty well. This is a big heavy five (or six) seater pickup. But equipped with the Rebel group’s shorter gearing, it can get off the line fairly quickly, while the regular 1500 gets there in about 5.9 seconds. The Ram was redesigned in 2019 and added the eTorque mild-hybrid system which adds extra torque but also saves gas.
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2020 Nissan Titan: 5.9 seconds at 60
It was a bit of a surprise that Nissan kept the V8 in the 2022 Nissan Titan. But we’re glad it did. The Titan’s 400-horsepower V8 does well in this endeavor. Moreover, it is the only engine offered. The Titan was updated in 2020 and stands out for its Zero Gravity seats, which make the Titan a comfortable place to put in the miles.
2022 Chevy Silverado 6.2: 5.4 seconds at 60.
The mighty 6.2-liter in the 2022 Chevy Silverado can propel this truck to 60 in about the same time as a Toyota RAV4 Prime, 5.4 seconds according to Chevy. Although it doesn’t sound very impressive, the Silverado weighs close to 5,000 pounds.
The fastest V8 truck is, of course, the Ram 1500 TRX: 4.5 seconds at 60
Of course, the 2022 Ram TRX is the king of V8 trucks. That’s what happens when you put a Hellcat engine in a truck. The Ram TRX’s engine is a supercharged 6.2-litre beast that develops 702 horsepower. That’s more than two Chevy Camaro LS cars, plus a few John Deere tractors. But, of course, you can also haul and tow it all (at the same time) with a TRX. But, Car and Driver says the Raptor R will also be supercharged, so will the 2023 Ford Raptor R dethrone the TRX as the fastest V8 truck?
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