3 Trucks With a Crazy Amount of Horsepower

Buyers in the market for a new truck have varied priorities. Some want the largest possible cab, others are looking for hauling power, and still others are focused on passenger capacity. However, if you’re like many truck lovers, there’s one spec that’s more important than anything else — horsepower. There are few better feelings than stepping on the gas and feeling that surge of power as you charge forward. If you’re looking for the most horses under your hood, here are three trucks worth checking out.

Toyota Tundra

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While many automakers are known for constantly trying to one-up one another on power, Toyota generally avoids that game. The Tundra’s base engine — a 4.6-liter V8 — generates a respectable 310 horsepower. But when you step up to the available 5.7-liter V8, you get 381 horses and 401 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough to compete with the big boys. The Tundra also boasts a standard six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, rear-wheel drive, 10,500 pounds of towing capacity, and a maximum payload of 2,060 pounds.

RAM 2500

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If you’re itching to cross the 400 horsepower threshold, forget about the standard 5.7-liter, V8 engine in the RAM 2500. Go for the 6.4 Hemi, which cranks out 410 horses and 429 pound-feet of torque. (If maximum torque is what you’re after, opt for the 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline, which generates a whopping 800 pound-feet.) One notable feature of this model is that it takes a relatively new approach to suspension for a three-quarter ton truck. Instead of industry standard rear leaf springs, the 2500 uses a five-link, coil-spring rear suspension, and it gives drivers the option of an auto-leveling, rear-air suspension, which uses air bags in place of springs. Both result in a significantly smoother ride than you get with the old rear leaf spring system.

Ford F-450

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This is not a truck for someone who likes the feel of being off the ground but drives on the highway most of the time. The Ford F-series is for working, and this is the biggest beast of them all. Not only does the F-450’s 6.7-liter V8 generate an astonishing 440 horsepower and 860 pound-feet of torque, the F-450 Super Duty can tow up to a massive 31,200 pounds and carry a 7,000-pound payload. This is a truck for someone with a huge horse trailer or a mobile home with all the bells and whistles. The 450 offers only one configuration — a four-door crew cab, 8-foot cargo bed, four-wheel drive, and six-speed automatic transmission. There are five trim levels to choose from, offering a range of accents and interior options from basics such as black trim and vinyl seats to upscale features such as a tailgate assist step, heated seats and steering wheel, and a rearview camera. A big machine demands big power, and that’s what you’ll find in these horsepower-heavy trucks. Of course, horsepower isn’t the only thing that matters, so don’t let the numbers blind you. Take these trucks for a test drive and find out what else they have to offer, and more importantly, what it feels like to unleash those horses and let them run.