Hello truck enthusiasts and the rest. When I grew up I had to come to the realization that I couldn't buy a Monster Truck and drive it around every day. Darn. Luckily, there are some pretty radical and awesome trucks that could be bought if you got the money to pony up!
Chances are you've heard about at least one of these, but I'm going to put the ultimate short list of High Performance Trucks that are coming out soon as of this writing. What a time to be alive! Now, let's take a look at the offerings!
List of Competitors:
2017 Ford F150 Raptor
2017 Dodge Ram Rebel TRX
2017 Nissan TITAN Warrior
2017 Chevy Reaper
2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
2017 Ford Raptor
The Ford Raptor made a splash on the scene with a true high performance truck that the every-man could manhandle. It has inspired people to send the truck 90 feet into the air jumping on YouTube, but don't try that at home! Now for 2017 it is all new with an amazing blue color available that matches the new Ford GT. It features a 450 Horsepower, 510 lb.-ft of Torque created with a 3.5 liter Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. Said to have an Intimidating look by Ford, I'm inclined to agree that the body looks aggressive as hell! Highly desirable! A 5.0 EcoBoost V8 Engine may be coming out in the future.
3.5 liter Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine.
500 pounds lighter than the old model.
FOX Racing Shox 3.0 Internal Bypass front and rear.
The new Raptor’s engine has a new aluminum block and upgraded internals, revised heads, and tweaked fuel-delivery.
The new Raptor will be ~6″ wider than the standard new model 2015 F-150.
Paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
6 Upfitter (AUX) switches.
Push button start.
“The four-wheel-drive system in the next-gen Raptor will include a Terrain Management with settings for Normal driving, Street driving, Weather mode (for rain, snow or ice), Mud and Sand, Baja mode and Rock mode. According to Ford, the Raptor’s new transfer case is designed to work as both a locking unit for crawling and a full-time unit for other off-road applications. A Torsen front differential will be optional.”
Available in 2 door with suicide half-doors or a crew cab 4 door.
MSRP: Super Cab $48,325, SuperCrew Cab $51,310
Engine: 3.5 L V6 Twin-Turbo
Dimensions: 232-251″ L x 80″ W x 76-77″ H
Bed length: 66″
Tire size: LT315/70R17
Wheel size: 17″ diameter, 8.5″ width
2017 Dodge Ram Rebel TRX
The new bad boy on the scene. Dodge has been to afraid to simply start selling these in their showrooms so they are parading them around as a concept. Is this the Hellcat-powered Off-Road Raptor-Killer?! Dodge calls their engine a Supercharged 6.2 Liter V8 with Ram Air induction. Calibrated for off-roading and mated to a 8-speed truck transmission. With 575 Horsepower it is said to be able to travel at 100 MPH in its off road terrain mode(!) Two spare wheels and tires are locked in the back with a purpose fitted jack. Strap into the 6-point racing harness and listen to the awe-inspiring side exit exhaust sounds. Man!
Supercharged 6.2 Liter V8 with Ram Air Induction.
8-Speed Truck Transmission.
Custom Front Control Arms, internal bypass shocks at each corner and new springs.
13 inches Suspension Travel all around.
Massive 37 x 13.5-inch tires.
Six-piston Brake Calipers with 15-inch Discs at the Front and 14-inch Discs at the Back.
Electronic locking differential.
Updated version of the Ram's 4x4 Performance Control System featuring Normal, Wet/Snow, Off-road and Baja modes.
Sporting interior with leather, suede and carbon fiber.
Nylon-door pulls instead of handles.
Six-Point Racing Harnesses.
Vented and Scooped Hood based on the Ram HD.
Large Steel Skid Plate.
Unique Side-Dump Dual Exhaust for maximum underbody clearance.
2017 Nissan TITAN Warrior
Nissan is of course very conservative and is also scared to call this anything but a concept. But the TITAN Warrior packs a knock-out punch with a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine! Protected with a "Modern Armor" exterior painted in "Thunder" color, Nissan says it is stealthy, robotic, machine-like, with sharp edges - manacing and beefed up. OK, Nissan. The quad-tip exhaust is bad-ass for sure, though. "Premium Sport" interior makes an impression with carbon styling, high strength fabric, orange "Magma" race accents, polished aluminum and the steering wheel is constructed out of a single block of aluminum. Wow, that means business.
Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel.
Heavy-duty 6-Speed Aisin Transmission.
Full Custom Off-Road Suspension.
Front Custom Upper and Lower Control Arms with Performance Ball Joints and Tie-Rod Extensions, and racing-style Shocks with Custom Reservoir Mounts.
Back Custom Shocks and Reservoir Mounts, a Lengthened Next-Gen Axle, Relocated Sway Bar Brackets and Rear Lift Blocks and U-Bolts, and a Custom Sway Bar.
Hydraulic Pressurized Bump Stops added to Front and Rear.
Height Raised nearly Three Inches, from 78.7 inches to 81.5 inches.
37-inch tall Off-Road Tires mounted on 18x9.5-inch Aluminum-alloy Wheels, machined in Dark Matte Finish.
New Long-travel Suspension, and Width was Extended three inches on each side, from 80.6 inches total to 86.6 inches.
Custom LED Lights, Front and Rear with Integrated LED Taillights.
Quad-tipped Molded Exhaust with Squared Exhaust Tips.
Carbon Fiber Rear Cab Spoiler and Tailgate Spoilers.
Unique Hot-and-Cold Drink Containers Integrated into the Center Console.
Robust Auxiliary Toggle Switches are Integrated into the Center Stack.
Instrument Panel-Mounted Auxiliary Gauges.
2017 Chevy Reaper
Originally introduced as the Chevy "T-Rex", anytime you hear a ancient carnivorous dinosaur in the name, you know it's serious. Now called the 2017 Chevy Reaper, it was known for a time as the best off-road oriented pick-up. Designed to offer high off-road performance and very good comfort, let's see how it stacks up. Chevy jammed under the hood a Lingenfelter Supercharged V8 engine producing 550 Horsepower and 575 lb.-ft of Torque. Equipped with special beadlock wheels, a Fox Racing Suspension, upgraded body, upgraded interior, 3 inch Ridetech Lift Kit, Auxiliary Light Bars, a performance exhaust, and huge Reaper Graphics, there is no question this after-market customized truck is designed to compete with the Raptor.
Lingenfelter Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with Tuning Package.
Custom Reaper Hood and Grill with Custom Reaper Badging.
Reaper High Clearance Bumpers with LED Fog Lights.
Reaper Front Skid Plate.
Reaper Fender Flares with Graphics Kit.
Reaper Gauge Package.
Fox Racing Suspension with 3" Ridetech Lift Kit.
17" Street Legal Beadlocking Wheels or 20" Custom Reaper Beadlocking Wheels with General Grabber AT2 Tires.
Custom Interior with Stitched Reaper Headrest.
Removable Step Rock Rails.
50" Rigid Brow Light Bar and Two 10" Ridgid Industries Light Bars.
Corsa Performance Exhaust with Lingenfelter Exhaust Tips.
Custom Etched Auxiliary Switches.
White LED Floor Lighting and Window Tinting.
Custom Colors and Matte Paint Options.
Linex Bed Liner.
Cost Estimated $55,000 to $65,000
2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
The Toyota Tundra TRD PRO may not even be on your radar, but consider that this truck is CAPABLE. Toyota focuses on offering a superior suspension package with specially tuned Bilstein® shocks mated to lower-rate TRD Eibach springs that help raise the nose two inches, while improving tracking while driving off road. Tundra TRD Pro also has unique off-road wheels and tires, a heavy-duty skid plate and an aggressive TRD-tuned Dual Exhaust together with a Brawnier, Chiseled body. A 5.7L V8 Engine with 381 Horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. is more than enough grunt to push you around. Upgraded 38 Gallon Fuel Tank offers extended range. Nice interior standard equipment make this truck special with the legendary roll-down rear window. Where it lacks in raw power, it has so much of that Toyota truck experience that has made them a top player in the truck world.
TRD Pro 5.7L V8 Engine.
Heavy-duty 1/4-inch Aluminum Front Skid Plate.
TRD-tuned Dual Exhaust.
Lower-rate TRD Eibach Springs that help raise the nose two inches, while improving tracking while driving off road.
Special TRD Bilstein Coil-Over Shocks with 2.5-inch Body (similar to what you might find on an off-road racing truck) designed to deliver two more inches of downward wheel travel.
Main Piston on the TRD Bilstein Shocks is 60mm - 30 Percent Larger than Standard.
Internally TRD Bilstein Shocks with Remote Reservoir to help ensure consistent damping while helping to control shock temperature.
Rear Matched Bilstein Shocks with TRD Off-road Leaf Spring.
3-stage Compression Dampening with Internal Hydraulic Bump Stops.
18-inch Black Alloy TRD Wheels Wrapped in 32-inch Michelin LTX AT2 Tires.
Front Bucket Seats with Black Leather-trimmed and Red Stitching and Accents as well as embroidered TRD Pro Badges.
Unique TRD Pro Carpet Floor Mats and a Leather-accented TRD Pro Shift Knob with TRD logo.
Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite.
Roll-down Rear Window (CrewMax models).
Unique TRD Pro bed stamp.
Double Cab $43,395, CrewMax $46,010
Towing capacity: 9,400 to 9,800 lbs
MPG: 13 city / 17 highway
Wheel size: 18″ diameter, 8″ width
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