Conclusion

For those fantasizing about towing a Viper Competition Coupe to the racetrack with your new SRT-10, keep dreaming. Unlike the Ford, the Dodge, strange as it may seem, isn't offered with a tow package.

It's hard to deny the outright power appeal these trucks offer. Even when the first muscle trucks came to market in the early 1990s, no one could've imagined that a little more than a decade later, we'd have our choice of two sub-six second pickups. The best part is that the majority of the public has no concept of how fast these trucks really are. Throw some deep-throated revs to the Camaro or Mustang in the next lane, and grin as they contemplate what they might be going up against. Floor it when the light turns green, and glance in your rearview as they're left gawking at the rear wing of the Dodge, or the clear, import-style taillights of the Ford.

Just as Dodge promised, it has built the biggest, meanest, most powerful muscle truck on earth and has priced it accordingly. Ford's Lightning is no slouch and is a lot easier on your wallet, but falls short of the SRT-10 in every performance test we threw at it, with the exception of braking. For now, the Lightning is forced to hand over its "King of the Street" crown to SRT-10 while Ford works diligently to bring the next-generation F-150 Lightning to market (again, see sidebar). Until then, those with a Ram on their hood have bragging rights.

Dodge SRT-10

Ford SVT Lightning