We know that most trucks are used to tow and haul loads and that straight up straight-line speed isn’t the chief concern for many truck owners. Despite this, we thought it worth it to round up the fastest production pickup trucks out there for no other reason than they’re wicked cool. There’s something about taking a vehicle type that’s not necessarily built for speed and making it go extremely fast.

These pickup trucks can’t tow and haul like their more typical brethren, but they can blow the doors off most sports cars when it comes to a drag race. That fact is enough to put a smile on our face and make us browse the used car listings for a lightly used version of these fastest pickup trucks ever made.

2005 Chevrolet SSR

2005 Chevrolet SSR

The Chevrolet SSR was a terrible sport truck idea. It was a retro hot-rod inspired, El Camino-like disaster. It was more car than truck, but it was technically a truck, so we have to include it here. The SSR was ugly, had an almost useless bed, and a hard convertible top. One thing it did very well was go fast in a straight line. Under the SSR’s hood was a 6.0-liter V8 that made 390 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. That made it good for a 0-60 mph time of just 5.4 seconds. The wind whipping through your hair at that speed sounds freaking awesome. That’s still not enough to make us like it, though.

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2001 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

2001 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

The Ford F-150 SVT Lightning's supercharged and intercooled 5.4-liter V8 made 380 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. This turned a truck already known for being powerful into an absolute monster. Not many of these trucks were made. We assume that’s because Ford thought it unwise to let its Mustang-wrecking customers into a pickup truck that could rocket from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. We love that Ford didn't go over-the-top with the styling. There are changes, sure, but the company abstained from going with a huge hood scoop and a big wing on the back. 

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2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10

2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10

A few years after Ford came out with the F-150 SVT Lightning, the engineers over at Dodge got a crazy idea: let’s put a Viper engine into our Ram pickup. The result of putting a massive 8.3-liter V10 engine that made 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque in a pickup truck was a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds. The Ram SRT-10 had the looks that went with the speed, too, including a massive hood scoop and an optional rear spoiler. In terms of styling, the Ram SRT-10 was the opposite of the SVT Lightning, but then Ram always has more expressive styling than Ford. 

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2009 Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged

2009 Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged

In the first decade of the 2000s, Toyota watched Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge have all sorts of fun with their pickups, and the company couldn’t take it anymore. Before the decade was out, they produced the Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged. This Toyota pickup laid down a 4.7-second 0-60 mph time thanks to its supercharged 5.7-liter V8 that produced 381 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Much like Ford's approach, Toyota went with some modest styling upgrades hinting at the trucks potential instead of loudly proclaiming it with a big hood scoop or spoiler. 

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1991 GMC Syclone

1991 GMC Syclone

Before all these sport trucks and their big V8 engines, GMC set the standard by taking a page out of the Buick Grand National’s book. The company put a 4.3-liter turbo V6 into a GMC Sonoma pickup truck. This alteration created the need for a new name, and the Syclone was born. The Syclone was rated at 280 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Many people claim that it was underrated. It could jump from a standstill to 60 mph in as little as 4.3 seconds, according to Car and Driver. This made it as fast as most supercars of the time. GMC applied the same logic that made the Syclone to the Jimmy and created a monster SUV, too. It was called the Typhoon and posted similarly fast 0-60 mph times. 

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