As utility vehicles, trucks are king. There’s no denying the versatility of having a bed to store anything you need and a full frame to tow your boat, trailer, or project car. However, there are many of us who like trucks simply because they look great, and another group of us that just want to go fast no matter what we’re driving – even if it’s a truck. Fortunately, automakers are notoriously good at catering to those specific needs, and these three trucks are the best of the best when it comes to utility, form factor, and outright performance. 2004-2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10
No, that’s not a typo. Sometime in 2004, someone at Chrysler asked what would happen if you decided to play genetic scientist and cross-breed a Ram and a Viper. The result? This truck.
Under the hood lies the same 8.3 liter V10 found in the Viper. That means you’ve got a truck with 510 horsepower, 525 lb-ft. of torque, and some serious attitude. To make things sweeter, you could even get your Ram SRT-10 with a Borg-Warner T56 6-speed manual gearbox, and even as a Quad Cab, should you choose to take some friends along on your high speed adventures. Fear not, though: the Quad Cab Ram SRT-10 can still tow 7,500 pounds. It’s a truck. It’s a Viper. It’s a four door Vipertruck. You need one. 1991 GMC Syclone
The Syclone is far and away the rarest truck on this list, so if you can get your hands on one, you should probably do it. They built 2,995 of these trucks in 1991, and they followed the Henry Ford model: any color you want, as long as it’s black. Anyway, the important bit about the Syclone is that it’s fast. Really fast. Powered by a 4.3 liter V6 with a Mitsubishi turbocharger and a Garrett water-to-air intercooler, the Syclone was the fastest production truck in the world when it was introduced. The little S-10 that could (okay, GMC Sonoma if we’re being technical) laid down impressive numbers. The sprint from 0-60 miles per hour took just 4.3 seconds, and it finished the quarter mile in 13.6 seconds in Car and Driver
magazine tests. For comparison: the 1991 Corvette managed times of 5.2 seconds and 14.1, respectively. This truck is fast, and it’s all thanks to this little baby right here: 2005-2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner Supercharged
Like the Syclone up above, this little truck proves that the replacement for displacement is, in fact, forced induction. Powered by a 4.0 liter V6, the regular X-Runner has a respectable 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, but if that’s not enough for you, TRD, Toyota Racing Development, has a dealer add-on Eaton supercharger kit. Adding this $4,500 part to your truck gives you 304 hp, 336 lb-ft. of torque, and doesn’t even void your factory 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty. Everything you need is right here, and can be purchased right at your friendly local Camry-selling dealership:
Aside from that, the X-Runner is a still a well-built mid-size pickup that you can order with a 6-speed manual transmission, a big brake kit from Stop-Tech (factory, I might add), and a killer ground effects kit that really helps to set it apart from the regular Tacoma. If you still need your fast truck to function as a work truck from time to time, the X-Runner is rated to tow 6,500 pounds and has a payload capacity of 1,650 pounds as well. It’s decently sized, perfectly functional, and surprisingly fast. Just what everyone needs. What do you think? Would you add any of these sporty trucks to your garage? Did I leave some out? Weigh in in the comments below!