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Ranked: These are America's 5 most powerful pickup trucks based on torque for MY 2020

Torque is best described as the "oomph" that gets you up to speed.

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When it comes to getting work done, having the right tool is key. For many, that means having a powerful pickup truck. Today, trucks are more powerful than ever and have capabilities that not only require special licensure but would rival tractor trailers in the past. Advances in manufacturing and mixed materials are to blame, but ultimately that is all meaningless without pure grunt.

To that end, AutomotiveMap has complied a list of the most powerful pickup trucks that you can buy for the 2020 model year. Horsepower and torque don't directly correlate to towing and payload, but both are absolutely required to move mountains.

Here's a list of the top 5 most powerful pickup trucks by torque, to see the most powerful pickup trucks by horsepower click here.

No. 5 - 2020 Ram Heavy Duty with base 6.7-liter Cummins

2020 Ram HD

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850 pound-feet of torque
Ram Trucks offers two diesel engines in their 2020 Heavy Duty. The base Cummins engine still has 850 pound-feet of torque, which would be enough to dominate this category a few years ago. Not anymore.

No. 4 - 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty with 6.6-liter Duramax

2020 GMC HD

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910 pound-feet of torque
Both the Chevrolet and GMC HD trucks share a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a Duramax diesel engine as an option. That's why they are tied on this list. But the combination is epic, allowing for a max towing of 35,500 pounds when properly equipped.

No. 3 - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty with 6.6-liter Duramax

2020 Chevrolet HD

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910 pound-feet of torque
As with the Sierra, the Silverado can tow up to 35,500 pounds. Both trucks share similar features, with the Silverado carrying a more western theme and the Sierra a more modern theme.

No. 2 - 2020 Ram Heavy Duty with High Output 6.7-liter Cummins

2020 Ram HD

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1,000 pound-feet of torque
The Ram Heavy Duty was the first truck to hit 1,000 lb-ft of torque, which is a huge number. Unfortunately, they limit it to on a select number of 3500 models and is an expensive upgrade. Paired to a tried-and-true 6-speed automatic, the Ram has a max tow rating of 35,100 pounds.

No. 1 - 2020 Ford Super Duty with 6.7-liter Power Stroke

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1,050 pound-feet of torque
Ford once again conquers the list, while offering the best-in-class horsepower but also best-in-class available diesel torque. Ram broke the 1,000 lb-ft barrier, but Ford made sure to have them beat. Combined with a new 10-speed automatic, the Ford Super Duty can tow up to an astonishing 37,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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NXP Semiconductors has two chip plants in Texas that were effected by Winter Storm Uri.

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The effects of Winter Storm Uri are still being felt across Texas and it's impacting the auto industry. Reporting by Reuters tells that chipmakers, like Samsung Electronics, are still weeks away from resuming normal operations in Texas.

Traditionally, this sort of production slowdown wouldn't much impact the industry. There would typically be enough dealership and inventory and automaker back stock to make up for many, if not all of the shortages for a short period of time. However, COVID-19 has put a strain on the chipmaking industry and is already slowing production, limiting sales, and hurting automaker bottom lines.

There's also been increased demand for semiconductor chips as sales of laptops, gaming consoles, and other entertainment and exercise equipment soared as coronavirus-related lockdowns changed lifestyles globally.

Ford and General Motors have both said that their 2021 sales and profits will be hit hard by the shortage. Additional analysis by Reuters says that Toyota has enough inventory to last four months while Hyundai and Kia, which share common ownership, purchased a stockpile of chips when production was going full steam in late December and are thus far unaffected.

Samsung and NXP Semiconductors shut their factories in Texas last month when Winter Storm Uri took hold. Like Lone Star State households, Texas businesses lost access to electricity, natural gas, and water.

Samsung's logic chip plant is located in Austin. It began operating 2017 and makes chips using Samsung's 14-nanometer, 28-nm and 32-nm chip production technologies. The facility is Samsung's biggest logic chip production facility outside of South Korea, where the company is headquartered. The company also has a NAND flash chip facility in Austin.

NXP's plants are also in Austin where the company has its corporate headquarters. While there are nine other NXP offices in the U.S., there are no other manufacturing sites.

Edward Latson, CEO of the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, told Reuters that chipmakers now have the power, water and gas they need to operate, but they need time to restart tools and clean the factories. He characterized the process as being slow and "very expensive".

The one month of lost production is most likely to hit automakers hardest five months down the road, in the third quarter.

Many analysts had been predicting an uptick in new vehicle sales for 2021 after car sales rallied in the fourth quarter of 2020. However, these chip shortages are deeply impacting those sales predictions.

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The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo brings an adventurous spirit to the table.

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Imagine a Porsche 911 with a long, wagon-like back end and you end up with something like the Porsche Panamera. Make the 911 a Taycan, Porsche's fully-electric sports sedan, give it a wagon-like back end and increased ground clearance, and you have the 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Porsche says that the new model "draws on the strengths of its sport sedan sibling" giving buyers an idea of what to expect - a performance-focused driving style, sure-footedness, and a refined interior. The increased ground clearance via a standard air suspension and added cargo capacity make the Taycan Cross Turismo more adventure-ready.

The fresh body style give rear seat occupants 0.35 inches more legroom and 3.62 inches more headroom. With the rear seats folded, there's 42.8 cubic feet of cargo space, about 10 cubic feet less than what's in the 2021 Porsche Macan. With the seats erect, the differential is in the Macan's favor by just under two cubic feet (15.7 vs. 17.6). The Taycan Cross Turismo has 2.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the front, something the Macan doesn't have (because that's where its engine is).

2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

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Roof rails are standard. A roof transport system and rear-mounted bike rack are available via Telequipment. The Off Road Design Package adds additional body cladding and raises the ride height an additional 10 millimeters (0.39 inches).

The boutique automaker will launch the model in four grades: Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. All models will features dual-motor all-wheel drive, a two-speed rear transmission, Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management in conjunction with air suspension, Performance Battery Plus and its 800-volt battery architecture, adaptive aerodynamics, a panoramic glass roof.

The Taycan Cross Turismo will come standard with a Gravel drive model, meant for driving situations that need more traction than most. But, in no way should the car be considered anything more than dirt-path ready. The car is quipped with more cladding than the traditional Taycan in order to prevent paint chips and body damage.

Porsche says that Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo can accelerate from a stop to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds while the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo can make the sprint to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo and Taycan 4 Cross Turismo can get to 60 mph in 3.9 and 4.8 seconds respectively.

Three years of free Electrify America charging is also included with every model.

Buyers will be able to order theres in a number of color ways, interior schemes, and Cross Turismo specific items such as the Off Road Design Package and 20-inch Off Road Design or 21-inch Cross Turismo Design wheels. There are 21,000 total combinations based solely on variant, wheel choice, exterior color, and interior selection.

Porsche's PCM infotainment and navigation system are standard. Wireless Apple CarPlay, Function on Demand, Plug and Charge capabilities, Apple Music, over-the-air updates for three years. Bose and Burmester audio systems and 14-way power-adjustable seats with massage functionality are available.

Adaptive cruise control, park assist, a head-up display, and lane keep assist will also be available.

The Taycan Cross Turismo models start at $90,900, not including the $1,350 destination charge. The Taycan Cross Turismo is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in summer 2021. EPA range figures will be announced closer to market launch.

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