In the words of Carroll Shelby, “Horsepower sells cars, torque wins races.” While that’s not completely true, horsepower and torque actually do work together. Horsepower decides how quickly your vehicle produces output, while torque is essentially the amount of pulling power a vehicle produces while you step on the gas. Torque is particularly important in pickup trucks since they are usually meant to pull heavy items. The “low-end rpm” produced by the higher levels of torque allows a truck’s engine to effortlessly carry heavy loads. So, if you are in the market for a truck, you might want to place as much importance on the torque rating as you would on the horsepower.
Interestingly, electric vehicles usually offer more torque than their gasoline-powered and diesel-powered counterparts, making them quicker. But, electric trucks are not exactly mainstream yet, and the few available ones cost top dollar. From light-duty to heavy-duty, these trucks offer more torque than you would ever need.
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Even though the 2023 Toyota Tundra can tow a maximum of 12,000 pounds, whereas the Chevy Silverado 1500 can handle up to 13,300 pounds, it’s still a very good full-size pickup for a lot of reasons. For example, despite the Tundra lacking a V8, it has more torque than the Nissan Titan.
When you also consider the Tundra’s high resale value over time, rock-solid reliability, and lower starting price, the choice of which full-size truck to get becomes very obvious. The i-Force 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 has a torque rating of 479 lb-ft, while the i-Force Max hybrid boasts 583 lb-ft of maximum torque.
Without a doubt, the new 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is the best Raptor yet. The F-150 Raptor R has a supercharged "Predator" V8 engine and a new pulley to improve power for off-road expeditions and increase torque delivery at the low end. So if you love offroad trucks, and events like the Baja 1000, the F-150 Raptor R is just what you need.
Ford Performance sourced the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine from the Mustang Shelby GT500. As one of the most powerful Ford vehicles, it's not surprising that the F-150 Raptor R produces up to 700 hp and 640 lb-ft. However, the Ram 1500 TRX can give the Raptor R a run for its money.
The 2023 Ram 1500 is not the most capable towing full-size pickup, and it only offers optional blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. In addition, the Ram 1500 has a higher starting price than the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Ram 1500 has many cool qualities though. For one, Ram offers a broad selection of V6 and V8 powertrains.
There’s even a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that helps the engines smoothly achieve their peak output. If you want to tow up to 12,750 pounds, the 5.7-liter gasoline V8, with an output of 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, is available for you. If you want a desert sports machine instead of just a work truck, the Ram 1500 TRX with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is what you need. It makes up to 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Although there are concerns that the 2023 F-150 Lightning’s gigantic price hike in upper trim levels and the range dropping off considerably when towing, Ford is still struggling to handle the high demand for the body-on-frame truck. One of the reasons for the widespread appeal of the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup is that every model—Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum—has two electric motors and an all-wheel drive setup.
Another reason why everyone loves the 2023 F-150 Lightning work truck is that all models share the same amount of torque: 775 lb-ft. So, for just $59,974, you can get the F-150 Lightning Pro model with an output of 426 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, the pricier 2023 R1T Adventure model doesn’t even offer that amount of torque.
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Even though Rivian still has a lot to prove in the EV world the R1T is one of the best EV trucks to own in 2023. This is due to its distinctive styling, generous storage space, impressive on- and off-road capabilities, respectable range, and sports car-like performance.
A dual electric motor in the base model makes 600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. There's also a quad electric motor version, which delivers 835 hp and 908 lb-ft. The quad motor is strong enough to propel the R1T from 0-60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.
The interior design of the 3500HD and 2500HD looks quite dated, and the towing and payload capacities of the one-ton and three-quarter-ton trucks pale in comparison to the Ford Super Duty and the Ram HD. These heavy-duty trucks can, however, handle jobs that are too demanding for the Silverado 1500.
Both the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD come standard with a gasoline 6.6L V8 engine from Chevrolet. The gasoline engine works with a 6-speed automatic transmission to generate 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. If you need more power, you would be delighted to know that Chevrolet carries over the Duramax diesel 6.6-liter V8 engine from the previous generation. The engine is hooked up to a 10-speed automatic transmission and pumps out 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque.
The Sierra HD is the biggest truck in GMC’s lineup, so think of it as a supersized version of the Sierra 1500 full-size truck. Even though its competitors from Ford and Ram have higher torque and towing capacities, the Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD are no slouch.
Sharing the same platform as the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, the Sierra HD trucks come with the same potent 6.6-liter V8s in the form of a turbo diesel and a gasoline engine. But bear in mind that the Sierra HD trucks are a bit pricier than the Chevrolet Silverado HD and Ford Super Duty.
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The 2023 Ram heavy-duty trucks in the form of 2500 and 3500 are the big guns you need for big jobs. The standard 6.4-liter V8 engine in the 3500HD delivers 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. If you want to tow something as big as an Airstream trailer or a horse box, the 6.7-liter Cummin turbocharged diesel 6-cylinder would do the trick.
The turbocharged diesel comes in two versions: a regular 370-hp and 850 lb-ft of torque as well as a High Output version with 420 hp and 1,075 lb-ft of torque. However, note that the 2023 Ram 2500 lacks the High Output diesel engine, so you should be willing to part with an additional $12,395 to get the 3500 High Output version with 1,075 lb-ft of torque.
The Ford Super Duty comes all new for 2023, so it’s now more powerful, capable, and comfortable than ever. But there’s a slight bump up in the price of the 2023 Ford Super Duty lineup, which starts at $43,970 for the F-250 XL trim, which is understandable. The base 6.8-liter gasoline V8 engine produces 405 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque. Alternatively, the 7.3-liter gasoline V8 makes about 430 hp and 485 lb-ft of torque.
The Ford heavy-duty trucks show their true nature when equipped with the two available turbocharged diesel engines. The regular 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel V8 cranks out 475 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. The Super Duty flexes with its best-in-class High Output 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel V8 that makes up to 500 hp and 1,200 lb-ft of torque. This torque is enough for the F-450 truck, with a towing capacity of 40,000 pounds.
The GMC Hummer high-performance electric truck comes with futuristic technology, a roomy interior, and two extremely powerful powertrains. The new Hummer electric truck is even more efficient than the Tesla Model X, so it’s not surprising that it’s the most expensive vehicle in its class. The base EV2 and EV2X models work with a dual-motor electric powertrain that delivers up to 625 hp and 7,400 lb-ft of torque, according to GMC.
As if that’s not more than enough power and torque that anyone really needs, GMC offers an EV3X trim with a tri-motor powertrain. If you are willing to spare north of $100,000, you could own the most powerful electric truck on the market. GMC claims that the three electric motors deliver up to 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque.
Sources: Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds2023-05-26T20:35:31Z dg43tfdfdgfd