The Most Outrageous Pickup Trucks Ever Produced

A pickup truck's job is simple, but that's never stopped anyone from turning these basic workhorses into wild machines.

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Some of these pickups are impractical, others are too fast for their own good, but all are outrageous. Here are some of the wildest pickup trucks out there, according to you.

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Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

Ford decided it would be a good idea to plop a supercharged V8 under the hood of the mid-1990s F-150, creating the SVT Lightning. The result was a tire-smoking 380 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque, and a blistering 5.2-second 0-60 time.

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Hummer H1

Not many people know this but, you could actually get a two-door pickup version of the Hummer H1. Very little were bought, and just like the "normal" Hummer H1, it has a serious presence on the road.

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Holden HSV Maloo

We know, the Holden HSV Maloo Ute isn't really a pickup truck, per se, but we still think it deserves a spot on this list. It's a supercharged V8 pickup sports car with rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission, and a solid towing capacity. A true all-rounder.

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<p>Dodge kicked off the whole fast pickup truck trend back in 1978 with the Lil' Red Express. It came standard with a 360 cubic-inch V8, and yes, those vertical exhausts are functional. It only made 221 horsepower, but it was genuinely quick for the time.</p>
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Dodge Lil' Red Express

Dodge kicked off the whole fast pickup truck trend back in 1978 with the Lil' Red Express. It came standard with a 360 cubic-inch V8, and yes, those vertical exhausts are functional. It only made 221 horsepower, but it was genuinely quick for the time.

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<p>The 577-hp Mercedes G63 is already one of the silliest SUVs on sale, but add a second set of rear wheels and jack the thing up on portal axles, and you get <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/videos/a8498/mercedes-benz-g63-amg-6x6-at-zandvoort/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">a truck that's truly unhinged</a>. You're more likely to see one of these tearing up a Middle Eastern desert than at your local job&nbsp;site, but hey, it's got a bed and a tailgate.</p>
Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6

The 577-hp Mercedes G63 is already one of the silliest SUVs on sale, but add a second set of rear wheels and jack the thing up on portal axles, and you get a truck that's truly unhinged. You're more likely to see one of these tearing up a Middle Eastern desert than at your local job site, but hey, it's got a bed and a tailgate.

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<p>Offering a limited run nutjob like the G63 6x6 is one thing, but it's truly amazing Ford sells such a crazy off roader from the factory. The first-generation F-150 Raptor generated quite a cult following, and the upcoming second-gen <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/future-cars/news/a30980/2017-ford-raptor-horsepower-torque-performance/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">doesn't look like it'll disappoint</a>.&nbsp;</p>
Ford F-150 Raptor

Offering a limited run nutjob like the G63 6x6 is one thing, but it's truly amazing Ford sells such a crazy off roader from the factory. The first-generation F-150 Raptor generated quite a cult following, and the upcoming second-gen doesn't look like it'll disappoint.

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<p>Tiny pickups weren't that uncommon in the 1970s and the 1980s, and yet, there's something undeniably quirky about the Subaru BRAT. Perhaps it was the name, or the bed-mounted seats installed to avoid a tax on imported trucks in the U.S.</p>
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Subaru BRAT

Tiny pickups weren't that uncommon in the 1970s and the 1980s, and yet, there's something undeniably quirky about the Subaru BRAT. Perhaps it was the name, or the bed-mounted seats installed to avoid a tax on imported trucks in the U.S.

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<p>Of all the retro cars that came about in the early 2000s, the Chevrolet SSR was easily the strangest. Combining a rear-drive V8 chassis with a folding hardtop, throwback styling, and a small bed answered a question no one asked, but it's a compelling car all the same. Something that could have only existed in the early 21st century.</p>
Chevrolet SSR

Of all the retro cars that came about in the early 2000s, the Chevrolet SSR was easily the strangest. Combining a rear-drive V8 chassis with a folding hardtop, throwback styling, and a small bed answered a question no one asked, but it's a compelling car all the same. Something that could have only existed in the early 21st century.

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<p>Stick a 500-HP V10 from the Viper in a pickup truck? Why not?&nbsp; The <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/a28643/the-dodge-ram-srt-10-was-the-first-hellcat/" target="_blank">RAM SRT10</a> is puzzling, but we're very happy it exists. If only Dodge would do it again.</p>
Dodge RAM SRT10

Stick a 500-HP V10 from the Viper in a pickup truck? Why not? The RAM SRT10 is puzzling, but we're very happy it exists. If only Dodge would do it again.

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<p>The <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/a29060/drive-impression-gmc-syclone/" target="_blank">GMC Syclone</a> wasn't great at being a pickup&nbsp;considering its tiny bed and low towing capacity, but thanks to a turbocharged V6, it was Corvette quick. It was only built in limited numbers, but it still became a cult classic.&nbsp;</p>
GMC Cyclone

The GMC Syclone wasn't great at being a pickup considering its tiny bed and low towing capacity, but thanks to a turbocharged V6, it was Corvette quick. It was only built in limited numbers, but it still became a cult classic.

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<p>The convertible pickup truck fad never caught on, but not for lack of trying. In 1989, Dodge produced the Dakota Convertible, which was produced in semi-limited numbers for two years. We may never see another convertible pickup again, but Jeep might get close with a <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/news/a31191/2017-jeep-wrangler-pickup-softtop-hardtop-convertible/" target="_blank">removable roof on the upcoming Wrangler pickup</a>.</p>
Dodge Dakota Convertible

The convertible pickup truck fad never caught on, but not for lack of trying. In 1989, Dodge produced the Dakota Convertible, which was produced in semi-limited numbers for two years. We may never see another convertible pickup again, but Jeep might get close with a removable roof on the upcoming Wrangler pickup.

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<p>Mazda was very proud of its innovative rotary engine. So proud, in fact, that it stuck one in a pickup truck and&nbsp;named it, creatively, the Rotary Pickup. Rotaries are high-revving, low-torque engines, which is precisely the opposite of what you want in a truck. Needless to say, Mazda abandoned the concept after a few years.</p>
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Mazda Rotary Pickup

Mazda was very proud of its innovative rotary engine. So proud, in fact, that it stuck one in a pickup truck and named it, creatively, the Rotary Pickup. Rotaries are high-revving, low-torque engines, which is precisely the opposite of what you want in a truck. Needless to say, Mazda abandoned the concept after a few years.

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<p>The LM002 might have the least useful bed of all the trucks featured here, but it still merits inclusion. It marries a 450-hp V12&nbsp;and desert-ready suspension in a thoroughly over-the-top pickup. How many other trucks share their engines with supercars?</p>
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Lamborghini LM002

The LM002 might have the least useful bed of all the trucks featured here, but it still merits inclusion. It marries a 450-hp V12 and desert-ready suspension in a thoroughly over-the-top pickup. How many other trucks share their engines with supercars?

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Hennessey Performance
Hennessey Velociraptor 6X6

If the regular F-150 isn't outrageous enough for you, consider Hennessey's heavily modified six-wheeled version, the Velociraptor 6X6. It's a lot like the 6x6 G-Wagen, except it's based on the Raptor. That means Fox Racing shocks at all six wheels, and a 600-horsepower twin-turbo V6.

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