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  A pickup truck is a light truck with an open-top rear cargo area. Many pickups have short rigid sides and an opening rear gate, while others have a flat tray back.

The 2014 Worthersee Festival was packed with numerous high-performance machines and shiny concept cars , but there’s at least one certain pickup truck that literally rocked the Austrian event. We’re talking about the Volkswagen Amarok Power Concept, a truck created not just to showcase the company’s more aggressive side, but equipped with everything it needs to be the life of the party.

The most intriguing part about this pickup is the 5000-watt sound system and the DJ equipment fitted in its spacious bed. The gear includes a 92 Allen & Heath DJ kit, a Pioneer CDJ900NXS player, two Void Acoustics Impulse 3T speakers, a Stasys Xair subwoofer and six micro speakers. That’s more than enough to make a lot of noise while throwing a cool party at the beach.

Speaking of pumping, the party truck is fitted with a 3.0-liter, V-6, diesel engine that’s equally impressive in terms of performance. With help from a turbocharged unit, the oil-burner delivers 268 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, and launches the Amarok from a 0 to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 130 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Amarok Power Concept.

It’s not everyday that you see a car like the 1989 Ferrari 412 get transformed into something that goes against everything the Prancing Horse stands for. But somehow, London Supercar Workshop owner and founder Elo (yes, that’s his name) managed to do it and more.

History Channel’s Ultimate Wheels follows the exploits of Elo as he sets out and puts his brush stroke on great cars, transforming them into, well, the title of the show.

In this particular instance, Elo set his sights on the aforementioned Ferrari 412, giving it a Jekyll and Hyde transformation that essentially turned the Italian supercar into a...pick-up truck .

Yes...a pick-up truck.

It does seem a little blasphemous to even consider butchering a Ferrari and turn it into something that isn’t a supercar, but for what it’s worth, there’s a method to Elo’s madness, something that can’t be explained by simply looking at the finished product.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 412 Pick-Up By London Supercar Workshop.

General Motors has been making trucks since the dawn of the twentieth century and while the trucks have greatly evolved over the last 100 years, they have continued to be strong, purpose-built workhorses. Though the Sierra name has long been associated with GMC’s trucks as a trim level, the name finally became the truck’s model name in 1999 with the introduction of the GMT800 platform. Starting in 2014 (2015 for the HD versions), the GMC Sierra and its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Chevrolet Silverado, have become near luxurious with rich interiors while their capabilities have increased thanks to the new high-tech versions of the familiar 4.3-liter V-6, 5.3-liter V-8, and 6.2-liter V-8. The 2015 GMC Sierra GMC Sierra All Terrain HD is ready to do battle with the Ford F-Series Super Duty FX4 and the Ram 2500 Power Wagon with its V-8 Duramax engine, 4G WiFi connectivity and Allison transmission.

GMC announced today the new All Terrain trim package for the HD 2500 and 3500 trucks that will match the capabilities of the Chevrolet Silverado’s Z71 off-road package. Rancho twin-tube shocks, thick coil springs, and wide leaf spring packs help the GMC All Terrain HD to both hit the mud and haul extreme loads either in its bed or hooked to a trailer.

The truck gets the same two engine and transmission options as the rest of GM’s HD lineup: the standard mill is the do-it-all 6.0-liter V-8 or the available 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8. The big gas burner mates to the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed auto while the Duramax gets the respected Allison 1000 six-speed automatic.

Besides the additional greasy bits under the skin to help with off-road performance, the All Terrain also comes with a laundry list of upgrades that make it a premium contender. GMC GMC bathed it’s body in chrome bits like running boards and 20-inch alloy wheels while its interior gets a host of techno upgrades like 4G LTE connectivity for Wi-Fi hotspotting, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users.

Click past the jump for the full rundown on the 2015 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD

Having a Mercedes puts owners in a fairly elite group, but having a Mercedes G63 AMG 6X6 puts owners in a group so elite they might as well have their own island. However, for those Mercedes 6X6 owners who feel the island might be too crowded, vehicle tuner Mansory has a solution.

Starting with a “stock” G63 AMG 6X6, the company goes to work customizing the exterior, interior, and adding gobs of power under the hood. Starting on the outside, the front grille gets the usual Mansory touch, with the large M badge. Upgraded headlights help light the way while a full carbon-fiber hood covers the engine.

Speaking of which, Mansory takes the 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 down to the bare block, rebuilding it with race-ready components such as new pistons, connecting rods, the crankshaft, and cylinder heads. The mechanical transformation takes the AMG engine from 536 horsepower to a mind-blowing 829 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Then again, the G63 6X6 is a lot of truck to move.

The upgrades continue with new side vents for the engine bay and new front and rear air deflectors made from composite materials. Inside, the cabin is dressed to impress with even more carbon-fiber bits, custom leather seating, and upgraded Alcantara and wood accents.

Needless to say, the dolled-up Mansory G63 6X6 will cost quite a bit more than the standard truck’s asking price of roughly $600,000. With all the performance add-ons and visual upgrades, we wouldn’t be surprised to see another $150,000 tacked onto that price.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes AMG G63 6x6 By Mansory.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 decked out in the range-topping High Country trim and powered by the largest V-8 offered by The General . While the High Country competes with the gaudy western-wear cowboys from Ford and Ram , the Chevy pulls off the John Wayne look with a touch more class and refinement.

Missing is the dinner-plate belt buckle styling with embroidered seats and barbed-wire floor mats. In their places are simple saddle-colored leather seats with matching leather stitched atop the dashboard, door panels, and armrest. The look is just subtle enough to remind occupants of the truck’s western flair without choking them with the motif.

While the overall theme of the truck isn’t outlandishly equestrian, the Corvette-derived 6.2-liter, V-8 engine under the hood has no shortage of horses — 420 to be exact. Only a handful of parts separate the Silverado’s powerplant from that found in the new C7 Stingray , and after pressing the accelerator, that becomes clearly evident. Though the truck weights double the Vette, the 6.2-liter still motivates the truck with ease, hitting 60 mph in just six seconds.

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We have a confession to make. The first time we saw the Mini Paceman Adventure, we thought it was a belated April Fool’s joke. But shame on us because the car is the real deal. It’s a one-off model that Mini has no plans of producing, but still, it’s the real deal. Based on the MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 with 184 horsepower, the Paceman Adventure was born from a creative collaboration between young apprentices and their instructors at the BMW plants in Munich and Dingolfing. The students were most responsible for the creation of the unique Paceman Adventure, and as part of their idea, the students thought of turning the Paceman into a two-seat vehicle with a pickup -style appearance. Sure, it looks a little wonky and takes some getting used to, but you have to give some credit to these students for thinking out of the box.

If the Paceman Adventure proves anything other than the seemingly obvious belief that Mini still has some weird genius traits, it’s that the company is helping foster that kind of mentality among its future designers.

It’s actually a good thing because as we’ve come to know about Mini over the years, you can never have enough of these creative types in your team.

Click past the jump to read more about the MINI Paceman Adventure.

Chevy showed up a little late to the luxury truck party, as 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the Ford F-Series King Ranch. At the same time, it’s the fourth year on the market for the Ram Laramie Longhorn. Well, this all came to an end in 2013, thanks to the new High Country trim level for the Silverado.

The range-topping High Country trim was introduced on the Silverado 1500 just last year, when the new-generation truck was launched. Now, the luxurious appearance package has been transferred over to the company’s heavy-duty lineup in hopes that pretentious truck customers will finally have a reason to stop by GM dealerships.

Needless to say, the 2015 Silverado HD is well prepared ahead of a new battle with Ford and Ram , but it remains to be seen if its strong enough to compete in the $50,000+ market. The new High Country mule won’t go on sale until summer kicks in, so we might as well have an in depth look at its features and numbers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country.

Buying a new vehicle for cheap these days can be a daunting task, especially a pickup truck. As customer demands have grown, so have the trucks’ capabilities and price tags. If you’ve got $50,000 to blow, the options are nearly limitless. But what about $30,000? Or even under that? What kind of truck can be had for less than that magical money ceiling?

The truck market is a highly competitive one with each automaker gunning to outdo and one-up the competition. This is great for those looking for feature-laden trucks with more technology than the best luxury cars could boast five years ago or tow ratings that seem to compete with Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

Consequently, prices for these “work vehicles” have become luxury-like in the process. Sure, some buyers need a truck to pull double duty as the family sedan throughout the week while still towing the boat or RV on the weekends. For that purpose, modern full-size trucks in mid- to upper-grade trim reign supreme.

Because prices have jumped so high, folks wanting to spend $30,000 or less on a truck only have a few options, consisting mostly of single- or extended-cab full-size trucks or smaller midsize trucks. It all depends on how the truck is optioned out.

Those looking to tow will have to sacrifice interior amenities for a larger engine and a towing package. Those looking for interior room will ironically have to stick with a midsized truck that offers a four-door crew cab model. For buyers, it all boils down to how the truck will be used. Evaluating personal use is perhaps the most critical aspect of buying a truck on a budget.

Click past the jump for TopSpeed’s 5 best trucks under $30K

Introduced last summer, the 2014 Ram 1500 Black Express Edition was quite popular with pickup truck drivers according to the Chrysler -owned brand, who has just revealed that the appearance package will make its way onto the more capable Heavy Duty lineup.

As suggested by its name, the Black package wraps both the Ram 2500 HD and 3500 HD in an all-black exterior. In fact, we might as well call these trucks the triple-black Ram pickups, as the chrome is completely removed from both bumpers and the imposing cross-hair grille, which are now offered in the same color as the body.

To complete the menacing look, the manufacturer perched the trucks on black 20-inch aluminum wheels and removed body-side badging from all models save for the diesel, Cummins-powered ones. Naturally, the premium bi-functional halogen headlamps and the fog lamps come with blacked-out housings, the taillights feature a smokey finish, while the windows are tinted all around.

Also included with the Black package are 15-amber-LED turn signals, 3-amber-LED side markers, and Parkview and Parksense technologies.

The new appearance pack can be had with Crew Cab and Mega Cab Ram 2500 and 3500 SRW models in Big Horn and Laramie trims, in either two-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations.

Pricing starts at $42,140 for the Ram Heavy Duty Black, plus a $1,195 destination fee.

Click past the jump to read more about Ram Heavy Duty.

Believe it or not, heavy-duty trucks play in a highly competitive segment with businesses and tradesmen looking to buy the best truck with the highest towing and hauling capacities while still being coddled in a comfortable and stylish cabin full of useful technology.

Though it’s highly competitive, there are only three true players: the Chevrolet 3500 , the Ford F-450/F-550 and the Ram 4500/5500. Each truck has its strong suits and all do a darn good job of moving heavy stuff around, but the current standout in the segment is indubitably the Ram. Offering more options and ways to customize its trucks, the Ram caters more to those looking to build the exact truck to fit a specialized need.

Power comes from two iconic names in the industry, HEMI and Cummins. HEMI might be more associated with the high-horsepower performance crowd, but Chrysler ’s 6.4-liter HEMI as recently made its appearance in the heavy-duty truck segment. It’s high torque output combined with its variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation make it a great alternative to the more expensive diesel. However, when the loads are heavy, the Cummins is the engine to have. Generating an enormous 750 pound-feet of torque, the Ram 5500 can pull a massive 29,600-pound trailer with ease.

Moving heavy stuff around is important, but getting people to and from the job site is equally so. The Ram Chassis Cab’s interior is a basic carbon copy of the near-luxurious cabin of the Ram 1500 Ram 1500 , 2500, and 3500 trucks. Uconnect, a 7-inch TFT display, and navigation are just a few amenities the Ram boasts – and they can be had inside a truck that’s fitted with a dump bed.

Click past the jump to read more about Ram Chassis Cab


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