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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

2020 Ford Super Duty

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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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New off-roader

Ford Bronco Production Officially Begins

The Ford Bronco is finally ready for primetime.

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The time is finally here. After years of speculation and several months of pandemic-related delays, the Ford Bronco is starting to roll off the assembly line. The SUV marks the first new Bronco model in Ford's lineup in 15 years, not counting the Bronco Sport, and is one of the most hyped and sought-after vehicles to hit the market in quite some time. Ford's announcement that production has begun will be accompanied by a special YouTube presentation that Ford says will include interviews with the Bronco team and with reservation holders at the automaker's new Modification Center.


2021 Ford Bronco Ford added 2,700 jobs to support Bronco production.Ford


Bronco production has driven Ford to invest $750 million into its Michigan Assembly Plant, and the automaker says it has added 2,700 jobs to support the rollout. Ford's push to begin production can't come soon enough. Over 125,000 Bronco orders have been placed, and multiple delays have pushed the vehicle's arrival back, meaning there is considerable demand for the off-road legend.

Ford is ready to capitalize on the craze and will offer several ways to customize the new vehicle. At its 1.7 million square-foot Modification Center, The Blue Oval will factory-install several optional modifications that include equipment such as a front bumper safari bar, graphics packages, roof racks, and more. That's on top of more than 200 factory-backed accessories that can be installed at the dealer, either at or after the time of purchase.


2021 Ford Bronco Delays and production difficulties have pushed the Bronco back.Ford


If you are hoping to get behind the wheel of a new Bronco, it could be a while. Even buyers that have been in line for a while now might not see their new vehicle until late 2021 or 2022, and the vehicle's official rollout will almost certainly re-spike demand. Even so, many feel it's worth the wait, and Ford's vehicle configuration tool is live, so go check it out for yourself.

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The engine bay is decorated with images of the American flag.

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A new customized 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pays tribute to members of the U.S. military. Karl Kustoms, a Chevrolet Performance retailer and custom shop, recently completed the build in partnership with Bad Boy Vettes. Nearly every panel of the Corvette has been modified to honor a military branch. Even the underside of the hood and engine bay have been artistically sprayed.

"It is a privilege to take on a custom project like this and use our skills to honor our nation's military," Clint Quesinberry, Digital Marketing Specialist. "This Memorial Day, we are proud to recognize those who served."

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette The model started its life as a 2016 Chevy Corvette.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

Unique features include detailed lettering of the words "Honor, Duty, Country", three words given an important place in military history after they were uttered by General Douglas MacArthur in 1962 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as part of his farewell address. There's also imagery of a U.S. Army helicopter firing at a Russian helicopter, a serviceman with a German Shepard, the U.S.S. Iowa battleship, and Arlington Cemetery stones with Medal of Honor recipients from each major conflict.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Military imagery features throughout the body work.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

The car was created as a full-time show car and is currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It will remain there through the end of 2021 before traveling throughout the country at a variety of car events throughout 2022.

The customized Corvette is also a contender for the 2021 International Show Car Association (ISCA) Car of the Year.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Imagery is featured on the body and under the hood.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

"We did what we could to take this thing over the top," said Ed Birmingham, Karl Kustoms Painter. "I sat there for hours doing the detail work. I spent more time than I would normally spend on a hood, but it all paid off."

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