2020 Ram 2500 HD - Driven
Although Ram has been around the block for almost four decades, it was not until recently that the brand became a household name and a serious contender to the undisputed king of the industry, the Ford F-Series. Ram is essentially a by-product of Dodge and is a fully-owned subsidiary of the FCA since 2014. The name might be new, but the company has been building trucks since the 1970s under the name ’Fargo Trucks’ which was sold outside the United States.
The marque has essentially gone through a paradigm shift over the last decade and is consistently rising up the sales chart. In 2019, Ram sold over 630,000 examples; almost 60,000 more than the Chevy Silverado, to occupy the runner-up position. A lot of it can be credited to the fantastic engines in the lineup, and Ram’s constant effort to infuse luxury into its cargo-haulers. Not to mention, it has been paying a lot attention to safety as well. To top it all off, these trucks became an overnight sensation when Ram announced a 1,000 pound-feet of torque figure for the 3500 series. The Ram 2500 doesn’t boast of that, but it still has a lot going in its favor to be deemed as a potent threat to the Blue Oval and the Bowtie.
The model that arrived at the TopSpeed HQ was a black Ram 2500 HD Laramie. This is a mid-level trim that may not come with the best features that Ram has to offer, but it is one of the most practical trims to buy that covers all the basic essentials you would need on a daily basis. The truck came with a Cummins engine under the hood, a large touchscreen system on the inside, and a fairly wide, intimidating footprint that would shoo away all the smaller vehicles on the road with ease. But, when you pit it against the like-for-like trims of Ford and Chevy products on paper, it feels a little weak.
With that said, the Ram 2500 HD Laramie is still a strong contender and worthy of being shortlisted in your book if you’re in the market for a heavy-duty truck priced at around $50,000.
2020 Ford F-150 5.11 Tactical Edition by Roush Performance
There are only a handful of companies in the world that have a reputation and rich heritage like Roush. Roush has been in performance engineering since 1976. The company’s founder, Jack Roush, had a drag racing team in the early 70s, so you can be assured of the quality of work on Roush-modded trucks. Roush has been associated with Ford for decades now and has created a lot of trucks for the Blue Oval. Its latest creation is the Roush F-150 5.11 Tactical Edition. The truck is powered by the same Coyote V-8 engine, but in a different power tune and with few more add-ons to make it an absolute beast. Roush brought the truck to the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas and announced that the production will be limited to merely 150 examples. Talk about exclusivity here!
BMW X7 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Model X Drag Race: Hoping Your Kids Won’t Puke
Does launch control make sense in a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz? Hell, yeah. Does it still make sense when that BMW is the X7 or the Mercedes is a GLC, albeit AMG-badged? Well, we don’t think so. But the year is 2020 and SUVs are desperately trying to do everything right, so launch control setups on family haulers are not that upsetting anymore. Or are they?
The drag race you’re about to see is not necessarily the most balanced and fair we’ve ever witnessed. But that’s not the point, as the video is (another) good indicator of just how freakishly quick (and fast) SUVs have become and how this shift in character is hurting sports cars and sedans.
Rivian Has Found An Unlikely Competitor For Its Tank Turn Feature In The GMC Yukon
Rivian created an uproar when it released a video showcasing the ‘turn on a dime’ feature on the R1T truck. People were expecting Tesla to also to come up with it on the Cybertruck, but that never happened. So, Rivian beating Tesla to it was big news. It was expected that other automakers would come up with it, too, but no one would’ve anticipated GMC to jump in. But now it turns out that GMC decided to integrate the “Hurricane Turn” into the newly launched 2021 Yukon SUV. Ever thought that an internal combustion engine car would be able to do this?
2021 Cadillac Escalade: What We Know So Far
Arguably one of the most recognizable modern Cadillacs, the Escalade is getting ready to say bye-bye to its fourth generation as the fifth is set to make a debut on February the 4th, 2020.
So far we’ve had a fair share of rumors joined by blurry shots of the big SUV’s interior an exterior cues, so we’ve put it all together to see what exactly do we know about and what to expect from the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
Breaking: The 2020 Ford Bronco Could Debut at the Detroit Auto Show
First and foremost, this is not an official confirmation the the Ford Bronco will debut at the Detroit Auto Show, but it is a pretty good indication. The Fast Lane Car has reportedly received confirmation from “unnamed insiders” that the Ford Bronco will debut in Detroit this year. Oddly enough, Ford has been planing its unveiling for this spring and the new, outdoor Detroit Auto Show fits that bill perfectly, right at the end of the Spring season.
Watch the Genesis GV80 Debut Right Here!
We’re finally in the final hours before the Genesis GV80, the brand’s very first SUV, makes its global debut. It’s been a long time coming, including a letdown in December 2019 when everyone expected it to shine so bright, but this time it’s the real deal, and there’s even a live stream ready to go – set to go live at 8:30 PM EST. We’ve embedded that stream below for you to watch right here on topspeed.com, but to help keep you comfortable during your wait, let’s talk a little more about it.
Genesis as a brand was launched just a little over four years ago, as a spin-off of the Hyundai brand and quickly became the Korean automaker’s luxury arm. Similar in a way to what Lincoln is to Ford and Cadillac is to Chevy, Genesis aims to provide the best luxury possible while still not going north of the too-expensive border. The brand effectively competes against brands like Audi, BMW, and even Mercedes to some extent.
This far, however, Genesis has only taken a hold on the luxury sedan market with models like the G70, G80, and G90. So, the GV80 represents the brand’s first step into the SUV segment, but it won’t be the last. Once the GV80 launches, a GV70 and a flagship GV90 are both set to come to market within the years that follow.
As for the GV80, Genesis has launched a few teaser images that basically showed off the car, and we’ve seen numerous spy shots. It won’t look quite like the GV80 concept as it will be boxier and a little less futuristic, but it’s set to wow the crowd and anyone lucky enough to get their hands on one. The interior will feature high-end materials comparable to that of the German competition while the powertrain offerings will range from V-6 to V-8 engines with as much as 420 horsepower. AWD will be a given, of course, and a hybrid drivetrain will likely be introduced sometime in the near future – probably before the GV70 or flagship GV90 launch.
Below the embeded live stream below, we’ve listed various bits of information for the soon-to-launch GV80, so be sure to check out everything we know so far while you wait!
2020 Ford F-150 Cattleman Edition by Long McArthur Ford
There are lot of reputed aftermarket companies these days like Hennessey, Roush, and so on, whom you can entrust to do a good job on every car they tweak. But, that’s not feasible for everyone; cost-wise. Then there are other companies that will do it for cheap, but will you trust them to do a safe job?
People are skeptical about going to them as it may void the factory warranty and who knows, maybe even mess around with insurance claims in worst-case scenarios. However, there is an option to do inexpensive mods these days at dealership level as well. One such Ford dealership which goes by the name of Long McArthur has come up with a Cattleman Edition for the F-150. This no-nonsense package has most of the stuff required for a work truck. Feels fresh to see packages for the work trucks in the slew of futuristic trucks these days, right?
GMC Ups The Ante By Introducing The Off-Road AT4 Trim for The 2020 Canyon
It looks like General Motors has decided to stop letting GMC play the second fiddle to Chevrolet’s offerings. The company has finally decided to let Robin get his own batmobile (Robmobile?!). GMC’s mid-size pickup truck, the Canyon, will be receiving an AT4 trim. The AT4 will be replacing the All Terrain trim in the Canyon’s portfolio, thus refreshing and hopefully boosting the sales of the pickup truck’s off-road version. As a bonus, the Denali trim also receives some new additions. It looks like a positive start of the year for GMC.
Jeep Gladiator and Ford F-250 Tug-of-War Shows the Difference Between Function and Fun
The Jeep Gladiator made a strong comeback last year, much to the excitement of Jeep enthusiasts. Irrespective of the legacy and its capabilities, we all can agree to the fact that the 2020 Gladiator is priced at a premium; the top Rubicon trim retails at over $50,000, for example.
Forget about the Ford F-150; with that budget, you can even get a brand new Ford F-250. That said, the TFL team bought both the vehicles for the same price and decided to pit them against each other in a challenge that’s taken the truck market by storm – a tug-of-war. We know the winner already, right?
What Is the 2018 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity?
The Ford F-Series has been dominating the truck segment for over four decades in the U.S. The Ford F-150 accounts for over 70-percent of the F-Series’ sales, and that’s mainly because it caters to a diverse set of people. The F-150 comes with a host of different engines, with each of them offering a different towing and payload rating, among other things. Depending on your requirement, you can choose any of the six trims on offer currently starting from $28,495 and climbing to as much as $67,485.
Everything We Know About the Genesis GV80 (Leaks Included)
The Genesis GV80 is destined to be a Christmas present to the world with its debut scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. There are still many unknowns about Genesis’ first SUV, but we’ve seen prototypes testing on a number of occasions, and now we have some leaked images available as well. Will the Genesis GV80 borrow design and tech from the 2017 GV80 Concept or will it change dramatically before it reaches production? Will it borrow DNA from Genesis sedan models, like the G80? Will it be a worthy contender to the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE Class? Well, let’s take a look at what we know and what we think we know about the all-new Genesis GV80.
Watch Four Off-Road Beasts Go Up Against Each Other in a Drag Fest
It’s fun to see off-roaders climb rocks and maneuver through treacherous paths with utmost ease. However, they can be scary when they are let loose with a heavy foot. In this video, we see four accomplished off-roaders go against each other, thanks to Carwow.
The vehicles in question are the likes of Land Rover Discovery, Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler, and Volkswagen Amarok. The Carwow folks decided to race these beasts in a straight-line dash to see who bests the others. Who do you think would win?
The Hennessey Maximus Jeep Gladiator Drops a Ton of Power Between the Engine and the Wheels: Video
Do you remember the Maximus 1000? Hennessey injected the Jeep Gladiator with steroids and renamed it the Maximus 1000 earlier this year. Although it looks absolutely stunning in black, the truck’s biggest change was under the hood where the tuner decided to swap the stock Pentastar engine with a Hellcat mill.
The engine was then further tuned to churn out 1,000 horsepower and now Hennessey has released a video of the Maximus doing a dyno run. Although you’d expect it to rev in all its glory, the Maximus actually didn’t make a 1,000 horses. It was a lot less, and honestly, a tad bit disappointing.
2020 Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport
The insane and utterly mental 755-horsepower Shelby Super Snake F-150 Concept Truck is headed to production. Long associated with the Ford Mustang, the Shelby Super Snake moniker makes its way to the mighty F-150 truck for the very first time. The stunning concept only made its debut last month at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, but after receiving incredible demand from enthusiasts, the media, and Shelby dealerships, the concept quickly turned into a limited edition production model. Only 250 units of the Shelby F1-50 Super Snake Sport will be built, each with a price that starts between $93,000 to $95,000.
Video - Can The Mercedes X-Class Win a Tug-O-War Battle With the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max?
Pickup tug-of-war battles have become the spectacles these days. Just about everybody’s doing some form of it, and yes, this video is no different. This tug-of-war battle comes to us by way of Carwow, which decided to pit a Mercedes X-Class against a pair of Japanese trucks: the Isuzu D-Max and the Toyota Hilux. As with most tug-of-war scraps, the objective of this competition is to pull the other truck into your side of the set cone. Whichever pickup manages to carry out this goal wins. We’re not going to divulge the winner here because, well, where’s the fun in that?
2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition
Much of the pickup world’s attention has been on the Tesla Cybertruck these days, but before anyone starts to forget, the Ford F-150 remains the king of all trucks. It’s the standard-bearer in the segment, a distinction it has it more than earned. The F-150 also carries the distinction of being one of the most customizable trucks in the segment. It’s versatile enough that it can even spawn special edition models, one of which comes to us by way of Ford’s relationship with Indiana-based Tuscany Motor Company. The two companies are responsible for the F-150 Black Ops trucks, a special edition set that pays tribute to the armed forces of the United States. It just so happens that a Ford dealership, Brown Lee Ford, has an F-150 Black Ops, so if you’re looking for a special edition F-150 with serious upgrades throughout, we might just have found the one for you. The 2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops is priced at $88,525.