Most powerful pickup truck

The power of pickup trucks in Europe may not compare to that of their counterparts in the US, but there has been a shift over recent years for more gutsy engines. The most powerful pickup truck content is set to get even hotter next year, with the Mercedes-Benz introducing a 3-litre V6 with the X-Class.

Here is the Top 5 list of the most powerful pickup trucks on sale, and available through mainstream dealerships, in the UK:

5 – SsangYong Musso 2.2 D (176hp)

SsangYong Musso 2017

SsangYong Musso 2017

SsangYong took the ‘Musso’ rebranding exercise (previously called the ‘Korando Sports’) in autumn 2016 to replace the again 2.0-litre unit. The newly-developed 2.2-litre engine produces up to 176bhp and 400Nm which, given that it’s the lightest double cab on the market, means it certainly packs a punch.

All new SsangYong Musso for 2018.

4 – Mitsubishi L200/Fiat Fullback 2.4 DOHC (178hp)

Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi’s 2.4-litre engine is available with two power ratings on the L200 and Fullback; the more powerful of which reaches number 4 in our charts. With up to 178hp and 430Nm, the L200 and Fullback are quicker to 62mph from standstill than the more powerful Nissan Navara, thanks to a lighter chassis.

Read the Fiat Fullback review.

3 – Nissan Navara 2.3 dCi (187hp)

Nissan Navara 2016

Despite its small displacement (2,298cc), the Nissan Navara’s engine is an able performer. The more powerful output can generate up to 187hp and 450Nm, and is well matched to the Nissan’s newly developed seven-speed automatic transmission.

Read the Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200 head-to-head.

2 – Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi (197hp)

Ford Ranger 2016

Ford Ranger 2016

For five years (2011-2016), the mammoth 3.2-litre inline 5-cylinder unit (197hp/470Nm) from Ford was the most powerful engine on the market, although the Amarok’s 3.0-litre V6 engine stole the limelight when it was launched in late 2016. Due to its heavy chassis, however, the 3.2-litre Ranger only reaches 62mph in the same time as the 2.4-litre L200.

Read the Ford Ranger review.

Most powerful pickup truck – Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 TDi V6 (221hp)

Volkswagen Amarok 3.0-litre V6

Volkswagen Amarok 3.0-litre V6

Stealing the show from Ford is the late entry from Volkswagen. The 3.0-litre V6 has three power ratings stretching up to 221hp/550Nm, which is 24hp and 80Nm more than the slightly larger 3.2-litre engine from Ford – very impressive! But with plenty of newcomers to the market in the next couple of years, how long can the Volkswagen Amarok hang on for?

Read the Volkswagen Amarok review.

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About The Author
- Liam Campbell is an award-winning journalist with a Masters degree in Automotive Journalism from Coventry University. Growing up on a farm and learning to drive in a Mark 1 Range Rover (his left thigh is still twice as big as his right), Liam likes to think he knows a thing or two about commercial 4x4s. Previously, he was the Van Editor at Parkers and resident pickup expert at Car Magazine, before taking up the post of Editor at Professional Pickup & 4x4. Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/maxximum_load

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