It’s a new era of powerful trucks!
Nowadays, you can buy ridiculously powerful trucks that are over-capable, directly from the dealer. The Ford F-150 Raptor and upcoming Ram TRX come to mind. What if you wanted something more? More powerful, or more outrageous? We have a list for that!
Aside from the Silverado Yenko S/C. TFLtruck has experience with these trucks.We’ve driven many and even interviewed some of the top brass from many of these tuner truck makers.
6 : SVE Yenko S/C Chevy Silverado
SVE is short for Specialty Vehicle Engineering, and they have built a supercharged Chevy Truck before. Yenko is known as a early tuner. Back in the 60s, Yenko (based in Pennsylvania) was a dealership that began tuning factory vehicles. Now, their original dealership tuned vehicles are serious collectors.
Basically, Yenko is using this familiar name with modern day vehicles. In this case, we’re talking about two Chevrolet Silverado trucks. The first one is based on a 2018 Silverado Z71 4×4 single cab. That model started with a LT1 6.2-liter V8 bored out to 6.8 liters, cranked up to 800 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque thanks to a roots-style supercharger. Everything has been augmented and upgraded, specifically for the street. This older unit cost about $90,000 after providing the donor truck.
The 2021 Yenko S/C has a slightly more conventional LT1 6.2-liter V8, in that SVE didn’t bore it out to a larger displacement this time. It still makes 800 horsepower, but toning torque down to 720 lb-ft. Now available on various cab configurations and 2WD and 4WD. It may cost at least $90,000 with a donor truck, and the production run is limited to 50 trucks.
5: Hennessey Chevy Silverado “Goliath“
Hennessey has experience with customizing Chevy trucks. The Goliath trucks come in several flavors: 6×6 or 4×4. Roman had an opportunity to drive one of the first Goliath 6×6 trucks with John Hennessey.
They are building a very limited number of 6×6 trucks and they can cost up to $400,000 with options. If you have have a smaller budget, then their latest Goliath 700 & 800 4×4 trucks may be up your alley. The 700 truck has 700 horsepower from the supercharged 6.2-liter V8. The supercharger is a 2.9-liter unit. The trucks are also available with a 6-inch suspension lift, depending on the trim. Lots of other custom touches, including interior and a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty. Price varies by options. Base price are not listed.
4: Hennessey Ford F-150 “Velociraptor“
There are a few flavors Ford Hennessey Velociraptors, from mild to wild. We covered the 6X6, which is a beast. It comes with a 600 horsepower tuned EcoBoost V6 that makes 622 lb-ft. Among many of its engine augmentations, it has an upgraded turbo, tuned engine and exhaust upgrades. Despite weighing 700 lbs more than the stock Raptor, it goes 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds, according to Hennessey.
The Texas-based firm says it will build 100 units, with 50 for the U.S. market. Prices start at $349,000.
Among other Hennessey Ford products, a Coyote-based 5.0L supercharged V8 makes 758 horsepower. It is (currently) not available on the 6X6.
3: PaxPower Ford F-150 Raptor V8
With PaxPower’s Ford setup, you select which F-150 donor truck you want: King Ranch or any other Crew cab 4×4 trim with a factory V8 engine. The Texas-based tuner offers several packages, but the most optioned truck has factory Raptor suspension and bodywork. Then, you can opt for the 758 horsepower Supercharger on top of the all-too-familiar Coyote V8.
If the F-150 V8 Raptor isn’t quite what you’re looking for, they also build an unofficial Ranger Raptor. It’s basically a tuned US-spec 2.3-liter Ecoboost with Ford Performance suspension components and bodywork from global-market Ranger Raptor.
2: PaxPower Chevy Silverado 1500 “Jackal”
GM does not currently offer anything to truly compete against the likes of the Ford Raptor. PaxPower’s answer is this beast: the Jackal. Once again there several versions of the Jackal, but the most badass Stage 3 has a customized long-travel suspension, King Shocks and a wide-body kit to match. It rides on 37-inch tires. It currently uses a 6.2-liter V8 engine with Chevy Performance parts to make 442 horsepower.
According to PaxPower, a supercharged 6.2-liter Jackal is in the works. The current non-supercharged Stage 3 is a $35,000 price on top of the donor truck.
1: Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor
Priced at $120,000, this Shelby Ford F-150 Raptor makes 525 horsepower and 610 lb-ft with 10-speed automatic. It’s power comes from a tuned EcoBoost V6. It has the most advanced Fox 3.0 shocks – which is an upgrade from the 3.0 Active shocks that are available on the stock F-150 Raptors. It has a Baja chase rack in the back and many other options.
Bonus: Shelby F-150 Super Snake
Here’s the other street truck! Built with a 770 horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8, Shelby says this beast will sprint from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. Prices start at a slightly more reasonable $93,000. In terms of powerful trucks, this is one of the fastest you can currently get your hands on. Seriously, those acceleration times would embarrass most sports cars.
While many trucks are built at Shelby’s Las Vegas, Nevada shop, many trucks are also built by Tuscany Motor Company.
Tuscany is based in Elkhart, Indiana. The company’s now owned by Fox Factory, and they also build several other trucks, like the GMC Sierra Harley Davidson Edition shown below.
Bonus: GMC Sierra Harley Davidson
Andre had an opportunity to check out and drive the newest Harley Davidson truck at the 2019 Chicago auto show. In terms of powerful trucks, this encapsulates the idea of how wild it can look from the outside.