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

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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The Rivian R1T is undergoing final testing in Arizona.

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Four new performance testing videos featuring the Rivian R1T all-electric pickup truck have dropped on YouTube. Three of the videos show a specific area of performance while the last wraps it all up showcasing a trail ride. Whether you're an electric vehicle enthusiast, truck fan, or someone who enjoys the road less traveled (or a combination thereof), there's something for everyone.

The first video hones in on the launch performance of the truck. The R1T, like other electric vehicles, has power at all four wheels, giving it instant torque when the driver presses on the accelerator. The wildly wrapped R1T rapidly gains speed as it heads down a dirt path. Watch the video below.

The second video features the R1T drifting around a series of corners at a controlled facility in the Arizona desert. With the dust kicked up, the effect is dramatic. Late last year, Rivian showcased its model's ability to complete a tank turn. The company has already trademarked the phrases "Tank Steer" and "Tank Turn". You can see the drifting video below.

The third video Rivian posted features an off-roading adventure with the R1T speeding down a desert trail. The drive is a test for the dynamics of the vehicle which will have to compete with the suspension and handling capabilities of traditional trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, and GMC Sierra when it comes to market. Watch the video below.

Rivian says, "Last weekend, we grabbed our cameras and chased a few engineers around the desert as they put the R1T through its paces." The video shows off trail riding, rock climbing, and some on-track driving. Let's be honest, this one is the most exciting - especially the rick climbing bit. You can watch the full video below.

Rivian is looking to start deliveries of the vehicle in 2021. Production was delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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Audi is adding sport versions of its all-electric SUV to their portfolio.

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Audi models badged with an "S" or "RS" are the sportiest the German automaker offers. Nearly every model in the lineup has such a variant, some more than one. With four-wheels delivering instant power to the pavement, it should serve as no surprise that the company is rolling out sport-tuned versions of their E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback.

The 2021 Audi E-Tron S and E-Tron S Sportback are the first all-electric Audi models to earn that distinction. The models will have there electric motors (one up front and two in the rear) and a battery that combine to produce 496 horsepower and up to 717 pound-feet of torque, which is available for an eight-second boost period.

The battery has a 95-kilowatt hour capacity with 91 percent usability. On a full charge, the Audi e‑tron S and the Audi e‑tron S Sportback can achieve ranges of up to 223 miles and 226 miles (WLTP).

When the car is operating in normal drive mode, just the rear motors are working. The the driver requires more performance, the front one kicks in. There is no mechanical differential in the all-wheel drive SUVs so torque vectoring takes place in just milliseconds at a very high threshold. Other drive modes including "Sport" and "Dynamic".

Each model has been given "S" specific tuning as well as the ability to adjust the height of the SUV. Owners can store up to seven driver profiles.

The profile of the vehicles has changed as part of "S" modifications with wider wheel arches. The E-Tron S Sportback is more aerodynamic than the E-Tron S. Both models have special front and rear bumper with pronounced contours and prominent inlets. A rear diffuser spans nearly the entire width of both bodies. The models have silver and aluminum exterior detailing and mirror housings, respectively.

Digital Matrix LED headlights are an option. The smart lights can project guides onto the road to show a car's position in a lane on a narrow street.

The SUVs' cabins are equipped with dark upholstery and finishes. Electrically adjustable sport seats finished in Nappa leather are available.

The center stack features two touch screens to control traditional infotainment and climate control functionalities. A head-up display is available. Navigation and the latest modular infotainment platform (MIB 3) are standard.

On-sale dates for the U.S. and pricing have yet to be announced.

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