BMW 2002

This classic BMW has been saved by the dealer that sold it 45 years ago

BMW 2002

First sold by Williams BMW Group in 1973, this dilapidated classic BMW 2002 is about to get a new lease of life, 45 years on – courtesy of its original purveyors.

The H&H Classics sale at Duxford that took place on October 17th had a variety of tasty classic cars on offer. This particular 2002 would have to have meant something to whoever bought it given its condition. It’s sorely in need of some TLC, having sat unused for 20 years in dry storage.

Enter Williams BMW in Manchester. 

After being supplied new by the dealer, the car went through the hands of two owners. The first kept the car stamped up with Williams until 1988, before selling it in 1991. Its second owner presumably ran it until stowing it away in 1998. 20 years on, it’s now seeking a third owner. 

Other than being in need of a good recommissioning, it seems a solid example in terms of history. All original fitments are included: both keys, documentation, official BMW touch up paint and even a business card.

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Ian Burt, now Head of Operations at H&H Classics, was a former employee of Williams BMW. He knew of the car’s significance and contacted the directors. Group Buyer Adam Kirkpatrick was sent to view it at the pre-sale. He was immediately impressed and made sure to successfully bid for the car, come the sale.

“The moment I saw the car at H&H Classics HQ in Warrington I knew that we would want it back if we could win it at auction,” said Adam Kirkpatrick.

“It will now be given the full Williams BMW restoration and lots of TLC.”

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2018 SpeedKore Twin Turbo Dodge Challenger Demon

Ultimate Demon: 1,200hp SpeedKore Twin-Turbo Dodge Challenger sets new record

2018 SpeedKore Twin Turbo Dodge Challenger Demon

For those who find the standard 840hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon just a little too tame, Wisconsin-based SpeedKore Performance Group has developed an epic solution.

Dispensing with the supercharger attached to the 6.2-litre Hemi V8, and replacing it with a twin-turbocharger setup, has unleashed gigantic power from the muscle car.

Despite making use of the standard Dodge engine block, the pair of Precision Engineering turbochargers create a total of 1,203hp at the rear wheels. As a reminder, that’s an output greater than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

At present, the engine breathes through holes cut into the bumper, with the exhaust system also exiting just ahead of the front wheels. Sadly this setup, despite being impressive, is not street legal but a traditional rear exhaust version is under development.

Added lightness

2018 SpeedKore Twin Turbo Dodge Challenger Demon

SpeedKore specialises in carbon fibre bodywork, with the twin-turbo Demon being no exception.

The lightweight material is used for the front and rear bumpers, wheel arches, quarter panels, roof, and boot. In fact no panel is spared from the carbon fibre makeover, shaving some 113kg from the Challenger.

A neat touch is the Demon logos fitted to the side of the Challenger are now illuminated. A potential warning to anyone who comes across the twin-turbo machine at night…

Setting records

2018 SpeedKore Twin Turbo Dodge Challenger Demon

To test the performance of the twin-turbo Demon, SpeedKore asked professional drag racer Leah Pritchett to tackle the quarter-mile at the Great Lakes Dragway.

Despite a chilly October day making the surface less than perfect, Pritchett was able to set a new record for a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Covering the quarter-mile in just 8.77 seconds, with a terminal speed of 161.57mph, meant a considerable step up from the regular car.

In fact, Pritchett had set the previous record for a standard Demon at 9.65 seconds with a speed of 140mph.

Scariest of all is that this only marks the beginning of the SpeedKore twin-turbo Demon story. Upgraded internals for the engine will allow for more power, whilst warmer temperatures next Spring should produce even faster times at the drag strip.

The twin-turbo Demon will make its public debut at next week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. SpeedKore has previously produced a special Ford Mustang for Robert Downey Jr, and a modified Chevrolet Camaro for Captain America star Chris Evans.

Vauxhall Corsa GSi (2018)

2018 Vauxhall Corsa GSi: surprise package but surprise price

The Vauxhall Corsa GSi is a car down on power compared to the Ford Fiesta ST, but can the way it drives justify its ambitious £18,995 list price?

McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT

McLaren Speedtail is the 250mph, £2.1 million tribute to the McLaren F1

McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GTThe stunning McLaren Speedtail is the first ‘hyper-GT’ the firm has ever made. What a way to honour its first ever road car, the McLaren F1. Needless to say, even at £2.1 million, all 106 have already been sold.

McLaren is making just 106 Speedtail because that’s how many original F1s it built (hard to believe, huh?). It shares that car’s central driving position and three-seat layout too, but don’t be fooled. This is anything but a retro rebirth.

McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT

The reason it’s called Speedtail, and not F1, is because it’s the fastest McLaren the British firm’s ever built: it does 250mph flat-out. That’s 403 km/h in Euro-speak. A 1,050hp petrol-electric drivetrain gives it the firepower to reach this, and also renders 0-62mph times irrelevant.

How about 0-186mph (that’s 0-300km/h) in 12.8 seconds instead? The P1, McLaren’s previous ‘ultimate’ car, takes almost four seconds longer to reach this speed.

McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT

Speedtail in name, Speedtail in nature: the cockpit is teardrop-shaped and the rear end is elongated to a staggering degree – at 5.2 metres (17 feet), it’s longer than many limousines. The body, like the carbon fibre structure, is made entirely from carbon fibre.

The front wheel aero-covers make it look like a world land speed record car, as does the active aerodynamic features including McLaren-patented active rear ailerons. There aren’t even any door mirrors, so as not to create drag: the Speedtail has digital rear-view cameras instead.

McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT

McLaren’s installed a Velocity mode. This switches the engine into its top power setting, activates the active aero and also lowers the Speedtail by 35mm to eek out that 250mph top speed. This takes it down to just 1,120mm tall.

Pirelli’s designed a special set of P-Zero tyres for McLaren to cope with all that speed and power.

McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT

The cabin is fully glazed and revealed by trick dihedral doors – power-operated, naturally. Detail engineering abounds: McLaren’s fitted clever electrochromic glass that darkens the top of the windscreen at the touch of a button – so it doesn’t need sun visors. It’s a “new level of technical luxury”.

McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT

“McLaren has never built a vehicle like the Speedtail before,” said McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. “The Speedtail is the ultimate McLaren road car; a fusion of art and science that combines an astonishing maximum speed with an iconic central driving position and a truly pioneering approach to bespoke personalisation.”

It intentionally looks like sleek, record-breaking ‘streamliners’, he said, and “the luxurious three-seat cockpit offers a subline combination of an incredible driving experience, unmatched individualism and innovative materials never seen before in a road-going vehicle”.

What a way to honour the original mighty McLaren. The lucky owners who are recently gathered in London for an exclusive (and private) first viewing are 106 of the most fortunate petrolheads on the planet.

McLaren Speedtail: in pictures

Electric Dendrobium D-1 will be built in Britain

Forget Singapore: Britain is best for building electric cars, says Dendrobium Automotive

Electric Dendrobium D-1 will be built in Britain

Startup electric hypercar maker Dendrobium Automotive has reaffirmed that its radical electric D-1 will be built in the UK. This comes just days after Sir James Dyson announced that his planned electric car will be manufactured in his Singaporean factory.

Alanis Morissette would no doubt point out the irony that the concept of the Dendrobium D-1 was first envisaged by a company from Singapore. However, due to a lack of skills and expertise on the Southeast Asian island, Vanda Electrics turned to the UK to make the D-1 a reality.

The company is working with Williams Advanced Engineering – the technology offshoot from the Formula 1 racing team – on the initial development of the D-1. With a promised 1,800hp on offer from the electric powertrain, help from a race team certainly seems wise.

In fact, the D-1 shares much technology with the motorsport industry. Something which no doubt made choosing the UK as a manufacturing base an easier option.

Electric Dendrobium D-1 will be built in Britain

Carbon fibre is used extensively throughout the D-1, forming the basis of the carbon fibre tub chassis and other key elements throughout. The lightweight material also features substantially in the two-seater interior, and will be important in pegging weight to the 1,750kg target set by the company.

Dyson ‘very wrong’

Whilst reaffirming the decision to produce the D-1 in the UK, Dendrobium admits that Brexit does cause concerns for the project.

Chairman and CEO of Dendrobium Automotive, Nigel Gordon-Stewart stated, “Brexit is unquestionably causing real issues in investment in the UK” and that the “current ‘brain drain’ by EV development companies in the USA and Far East is also a huge concern.”

Despite this, Gordon-Stewart believes “British engineering is, without doubt, the best in the world” and that the decision by Dyson to build in Singapore “seems very wrong” as a result.

Electric Dendrobium D-1 will be built in BritainThe Dendrobium D-1 made a public debut earlier this year at the exclusive  Salon Privé garden party event, attracting attention with its distinctive ‘Bio-Aerial Locomotion’ doors.

Dendrobium has also recently signed technology sharing agreements with an Australian-based battery company, and an intellectual property firm in the United States. The deal will be key to ensuring the powertrain and battery performance can meet the bold claims for the D-1.

Jenson Button's old 2005 BMW M5

Jenson Button’s old BMW M5 V10 could be yours

Jenson Button's old 2005 BMW M5For Jenson Button, driving away from a circuit in his 2005 E60 BMW M5 must have been like taking his work home with him. You can thank the F1-inspired 507hp V10 engine for the ‘busman’s holiday’ nature of Jenson’s super-saloon.

Jenson bought the car new and registered it JB05 BAR (he was driving for British American Racing at the time). During his ownership he won his first Grand Prix, became F1 World Champion and was awarded an MBE.

He sold the car in 2011 and reportedly drove the M5 to the NEC where it sold for £26,500 at the Coys Autosport International sale.

He reportedly dropped the car off with the auctioneers complete with his post and lunch still inside.

Now, it is up for sale again, this time at the Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show sale, where it is expected to fetch between £35,000 and £40,000. We suspect Jenson’s lunch will have gone off by now.

‘More than I bargained for’

Jenson Button's old 2005 BMW M5

The lucky bidder and current vendor wants to spend more time in Spain, which is why the M5 is up for sale. “The reaction to the car has been incredible: everyone is interested in seeing a car that was owned by a Formula One World Champion,” the vendor told Silverstone Auctions.

“When I went to get it taxed, they let me keep the original V5 as a souvenir, and my local BMW dealer even wants to use it for a sales promotion. It’s safe to say that I got a bit more than I bargained for with this car!”

Even without the Jenson Button connection, a low-mileage E60 BMW M5 would make for a cracking purchase. Assuming you can live with the fuel bills – reports suggest that you could see fuel economy in single figures if you drive like an F1 star – this is one of the greatest all-rounders of the modern era.

A four-door Lamborghini Gallardo

Jenson Button's old 2005 BMW M5

It had a tough act to follow. The E39 M5 was regarded as a high point in the M division’s back catalogue and the last of the hand-built cars. The E60 took things in its stride – with 507hp at 7,750rpm and 384lb-ft of torque at 6,100rpm, it was a little like driving a four-door Lamborghini Gallardo.

Top speed was limited to 155mph (203mph was possible with the speed limiter deactivated), while the 0-62mph time was blitzed in just 4.7 seconds. All this from a rear-wheel drive BMW M car with a sweet manual… ah, no, wait…

While the North Americans were treated to a manual gearbox, we had to ‘make do’ with the SMG semi-automatic sequential transmission.

The SMG is a complex system and one that isn’t blessed with a blemish-free record for reliability. But driving the M5 at full chat, flicking through the gears via the paddle-shifters, is a riotous experience. The soundtrack, the performance, the poise – this M5 has got it all.

Mint and minted

Jenson Button's old 2005 BMW M5

Not that Jenson Button or the second owner have spent a huge amount of time behind the wheel. The 2005 car has covered just 17,000 miles and the condition is described as “mint”. Rather apt, considering you’ll need to be minted if you intend to use this as a daily-driver.

The JB05 BAR registration mark will stay with the car, along with a new race suit and paddock jacket from 2005, both signed by the F1 star. There’s also a Parrot hands-free kit mounted on the dash, presumably so that you can have a petrol station on standby.

If you fancy Jenson’s old car – frankly, who wouldn’t – the auction is taking place over the weekend of 10 and 11 November 2018.

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2019 Mini range

Mini simplifies model range to cut customer confusion

2019 Mini rangeA must-have option for Mini buyers since the new model was launched back in 2001 has been the Chili Pack option – but not any more, because the firm has fully overhauled the specification process for buying a new Mini.

The multitude of add-on options – including the Chili Pack and its sister Pepper Pack – has been eradicated, with Mini now basing options around three ‘styles’: Classic, Sport and Exclusive.

This, reckons Mini, will make it much easier to buy a car. Indeed, the process has been narrowed down to just five steps, it says: choose model, performance, style, packs, personalisation… and that’s it.

2019 Mini range

Here’s how it works:

1: Model

There are five: select from 3-door Hatch, 5-door Hatch, Convertible, Clubman or Countryman

2: Engine

One (1.5 petrol), Cooper (1.5 petrol), Cooper D (2.0 diesel) and Cooper S (2.0 petrol) now relate to engine, in the new world of buying a Mini

3: Style

This is the new bit: Classic, Sport or Exclusive

4: Packs

Don’t panic, there are just two here: Comfort or Comfort Plus

5: Personalise

This is where you pick exterior and interior colours and trims, plus other options and is likely to remain the most confusing bit of all. Mini will perhaps be hoping people don’t get too carried away here, and stick to the option packs it details: Comfort, Comfort Plus, Navigation and Navigation Plus.

Even the most basic Mini now gets more standard kit. All have automatic headlights and wipers, ambient interior lighting and the exterior Mini logo projection gadget that shines the badge onto the ground at night.

Mini UK director David George said: “We know that customers today want a simple purchase experience, and this thinking has been central to the development of our new line-up.

“We have reduced complexity in our product offering, and harmonised options across the whole range, ensuring an easy customer journey whether in one of our retailers or on mini.co.uk.”

Yes, online: Mini has launched a buy online sales system – the firm says prospective buyers can configure, arrange a test drive, agree finance and payment details and even get a trade-in value. The retailer steps in at the end to finalise the delivery date.

The new Mini styles

So what do you get with the three new Mini style packs? Here’s the key features for each.

Classic

A 6.5-inch infotainment screen, DAB radio with Bluetooth and intelligent emergency call

Sport

John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit, spoiler, alloy wheels and suspension, John Cooper Works bucket seats and steering wheel, anthracite headliner. Only offered on Cooper and Cooper S

Exclusive

Exclusive alloy wheels, chrome exterior detailing, Mini Yours Lounge upholstery and steering wheel, Mini Yours trim and chrome detail. Again, only on Cooper and Cooper S.

BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid

The £2,500 grant for plug-in hybrids has now officially run out

BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybridA sales surge following the government’s surprise decision to scale back the Plug-in Car Grant has resulted in changes being imposed early due to remaining funds running out.

Since the announcement was made on 12 October, car buyers have been rushing to the showrooms to take advantage of the soon-to-expire £2,500 saving on plug-in hybrids.

The revised scheme, which focuses only on fully electric and fuel cell cars (oh, and ultra-long range plug-in hybrids, of which there are precisely… none currently on the market) was due to go live on 10 November.

But so quickly have car buyers used up the remaining 3,000 full EV (£4,500) and 6,000 plug-in hybrid £2,500) grant cash, the scheme has already switched over to its new format. This awards full EVs a lesser £3,500 sum.

Range Rover PHEV

The cash actually ran out just 10 days after the revised scheme was announced, says the RAC Foundation. 900 claims a day were being made, more than six times above than the average for 2018.

“While ministers might have fallen out of love with hybrid technology,” said RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding, “this last-minute rush to showrooms suggests the reassurance of running in part on conventional fuel is attractive to buyers with range anxiety, especially when it comes at an attractive price.

“The big question is whether motorists’ enthusiasm for hybrids will hold up now that the plug has been pulled on the grant.”

Details of the new scheme are now live on the government website. The only ‘plug-in’ cars now eligible for the £3,500 grant are detailed in full:

  • BMW i3 and i3s
  • BYD e6
  • Citroen CZero
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric
  • Hyundai KONA Electric
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
  • Nissan e-NV200 (5-seater and 7-seater)
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Peugeot iON
  • Renault ZOE
  • Smart EQ fortwo
  • Smart EQ forfour
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Toyota Mirai
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen e-Golf

The grant will pay for 35 percent of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £3,500. All must have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and travel at least 70 miles (which is why the Renault Twizy is not on the list).

Not all low-emission vehicles will get a grant, adds the government: only cars it has approved are eligible. This is why there’s sometimes a delay between a new model being launched and it appearing on the Plug-in Car Grant list.

Porsche 919 tribute

Porsche 919 duo take farewell drive through the German countryside

Porsche 919 tribute

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Tribute Tour has come to an end with the committal of the 2017 Le Mans winner and the magnificent 919 Evo to the Porsche Museum. How did they get them there? They drove them, of course…

All too often, magnificent racers throughout the course of history have had their 15 minutes of fame, only to be scrapped, dumped or covered up once their term of service was done. We’ve heard tales of 917s being valued in the hundreds of euros in the late ‘70s, due to a chorus of complaints that they were taking up workshop space…

Not so today, as Porsche’s 919 tribute tour has proven. First, an outright lap record at Spa in the incredible 919 Evo. Then, among other things, an outright Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record that definitely isn’t being beaten any time soon.

It’s been an emotional six months, both for race fans and for those in the now defunct three-time Le Mans-winning Porsche LMP1 program. Nevertheless, a worthy goodbye to what will go down in history as yet another legendary and marque-defining racing car from Porsche.

Of course, any other manufacturer might have had these cars quietly trailered across to the museum in Stuttgart, from the Weissach development centre.

Porsche, in its inimitable style, had them driven, by Mark Webber and Marc Lieb. Porsche does this fish out of water stuff so well and it’s just such incredible imagery to see 2000hp’s worth of fire-breathing racers trundling through rural and suburban Germany.

We assume no speed records were broken during this final run…

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2019 Ram 1500 Limited

Best Towing 2019: Every truck ranked

2019 Ram 1500 LimitedThere’s more to towing than just raw power, though that certainly helps. To be a good hauler, the truck’s transmission must be able to transmit all that power without overheating. The axles need to be able to carry the weight, with ratios chosen to maximize pulling power. The suspension has to control the load while still providing a decent ride.

The weight of the truck matters. Almost counter-intuitively, a lighter truck can pull more than a heavier one, all else being equal. With less weight to begin with, more power can be applied to the load.

Traditionally, manufacturers named their trucks according to carrying capacity, such as 100 for the half-ton model, 200 for the three-quarter-ton, and 300 for one ton. Today’s trucks are far more capable, but tend to use the similar conventions, such as Ford F-150, Ram 2500, and Chevy Silverado 3500.

To compare towing capacity across models, we have grouped the trucks on sale in the U.S. into mid-size (the smallest size available), full-size, heavy-duty, and ultra-duty. We then loaded them up with the best engine choices and towing package for the job.

Please note that as-built prices may vary.

Mid-size

Chevrolet Colorado Diesel

After years of neglect, the mid-size truck segment is heating up. Chevy’s decision to release the Colorado in 2014 seemed to reinforce public interest. GMC followed suit with the Canyon, Ford is bringing the Ranger back this year, and even stoic Nissan has hinted that the Frontier will (finally) be updated next year.

These fun-sized trucks may be smaller in size that their bigger counterparts, but they’re still capable of working for a living. They’re generally used for towing weekend toys, like small campers, motorcycles, and personal watercraft.

Honda Ridgeline

2019 Honda Ridgeline

  • BASE PRICE: $29,990
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $35,290
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 3,500 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 5,000 pounds

While its size groups it in with other small pickups, the Honda Ridgeline’s unibody construction puts it in a class of its own, giving it a decidedly civilized and car-like demeanor.

One engine is offered across the model range: a direct-injected V6 with 280-horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. A button-operated traction management system keeps the Ridgeline moving forward in snow, mud, or sand, and of course on normal roads.

Two-wheel drive versions will tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds, while selecting all-wheel drive (AWD) ups the ante to 5,000. AWD models come with a heavy-duty transmission cooler, and all models come standard with an integrated tow hitch and 7-pin connector.

The first model with AWD availability (a $1,900 option) is the Sport ($35,290).

Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier

  • BASE PRICE: $18,990
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $25,220
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 3,760 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 6,710 pounds

Nissan has confirmed that a new Nissan Frontier is coming, but not for another year. Until then, we will soldier on with the current generation, introduced in 2005 and updated in 2009, with a fuel economy upgrade in 2013.

Even fully maximized for towing, the stalwart Frontier offers the lowest price point in the segment. Our hauler of choice is the rear-wheel drive (RWD) King Cab SV with the optional V6 ($25,220 total), good for 6,710 pounds.

A Class IV tow hitch receiver can be factory installed for $230, and a Class III hitch and ball for an additional $84. A 7-pin trailer harness is $66, while the 4-pin is $51. Towing brake sub-harness? $26.68.

We do like the optional weight-distributing hitch ball mount, though it is a bit spendy at $370.

Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

  • BASE PRICE: $24,400
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $30,320
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 3,500 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 6,800 pounds                                                                    

Toyota’s dauntless Tacoma SR5 will pull an admirable 6,800 pounds when equipped with the 278-horsepower V6. The engine makes 265 lb-ft of torque and is paired with electronically-controlled automatic transmission with overdrive and a limited-slip rear differential.

Also included is the towing prep package with extra cooling for the engine, transmission, and power steering; a 130-amp alternator; a class-IV towing hitch receiver; four and seven-pin connector with converter; and trailer sway control.

Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Colorado

  • BASE PRICE: $20,200
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $35,785
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 3,500 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 7,700 pounds

In base form, the Chevy Colorado’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine has enough power to comfortably trailer and motorcycle and enough gear for the weekend. For really big jobs, though, it’s time to step up the LT with the optional 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel under the hood ($4,965). With 369 lb-ft of torque available, there’s more than enough grunt to get things moving, and exhaust braking helps to keep things under control.

The LT is ready to pull right out of the box with an intelligent transmission tow/haul mode that reduces the shift pattern when hauling heavy loads, driving down a grade, or, of course, towing. The system is paired with a limited-slip differential that automatically locks wheel slip is detected. Also included is a two-inch receiver hitch, four- and seven-pin connectors, and an integrated brake controller.

GMC Canyon

GMC Canyon

  • BASE PRICE: $21,100
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $36,910
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 3,500 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 7,700 pounds

Looking like a Chevy Colorado in an especially snappy suit, the GMC Canyon will also tow an impressive 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.

Like its corporate sibling, maximum towing is possible with the optional 2.8-liter turbodiesel ($4,965), available starting in SLE trim. The package also includes the transmission with tow/haul mode, the automatic limited-slip rear differential, two-inch receiver, integrated brake controller, and four- and seven-pin connectors.

Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger

  • BASE PRICE: TBA
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: TBA
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: TBA
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: TBA

Ford has promised that the hotly-anticipated 2019 Ranger will have best-in-class towing capacity, meaning that it has to clear the 7,700-pound bar set by the Colorado and Canyon twins.

Powering the pull will be a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a forged crank and connecting rods for increased durability, a version of which currently lives in the Mustang and makes 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the combo looks to be beefy enough to live up to Ford’s claim.

Full-size

Ford F-150

The best-selling cars in America are full-size trucks, and there seems to be no ceiling on their success. The latest models offer excellent road manners, impeccable refinement, and all the latest amenities and comfort.

A rugged frame underpinning construction provides a stout backbone, and many new models make use of lightweight materials and construction methods to maximize their capability.

All models are offered with torque-rich engines for pulling power. For drivers who tow often or under less-than-ideal conditions, a diesel might be a sound choice.

Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan

  • BASE PRICE: $30,030
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $36,176
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 9,250 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 9,740 pounds

The beefy 5.6-liter V8 under Nissan Titan’s hood makes 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Even in the heaviest of configurations with all the options ticked, towing capacity is still over four-and-a-half tons, more than enough for most tasks.

We like the single cab 4×2 SV model ($33,610) for its combination of 9,740 pounds of pulling capacity and available towing options. The SV Convenience package ($845) adds a Class IV tow hitch receiver and four-/seven-pin wiring harness along with some desirable safety and comfort amenities. The SV Tow package ($495) adds heated tow mirrors, a trailer brake controller, and trailer light check, but must be paired with the SV Utility package ($1,145). A Class III hitch ball mount is available for $81.

Trailer sway control is standard on all Titans but base S models.

Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra

  • BASE PRICE: $31,420
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $34,365
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 6,800 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 10,200 pounds

Optimizing the Toyota Tundra for maximum pulling means choosing the 5.7-liter V8, available on SR5 grades ($33,030) and above. The big powerplant puts out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft torque and comes standard with a supplemental oil cooler. It’s paired with towing-friendly six-speed automatic transmission with its own supplemental cooler and a transmission fluid temperature gauge.

The engine comes with a standard towing package that includes an automatic limited-slip rear differential with a 4.30 axle ratio, a heavy-duty battery with a 170-amp alternator, an integrated trailer brake controller, a four-/seven-pin connector, and heated outside tow mirrors.

A hitch ball mount is available for $65.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Chevrolet Silverado

  • BASE PRICE: $29,795
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $44,495 (plus Max Towing Package, TBA)
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 7,200 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 12,200 pounds

With the new 2.7-liter turbo four-cylinder under the hood, the 2019 Silverado will pull a rather astonishing 7,200 pounds. Start adding cylinders though, and the capacity (unsurprisingly) jumps. The V6 will yank 8,000 pounds and the 5.3-liter V8 11,600.

Maximum towing power is found in the 6.2-liter V8, paired exclusively with four-wheel drive and available in LTZ trims ($44,495) and above. Combined with the Max Towing Package (price TBA), the 2019 Silverado will pull the full 12,200 pounds.

Chevy has announced a trailering app with a pre-departure checklist and trailer light testing function. An available advanced towing system (TBA) offers an auto parking brake assist, hitch guide with camera, and trailer tire pressure monitoring system.

But wait! There’s more! A 3.0-liter inline six diesel is coming early in 2019, but details have yet to be released.

The 2019 Silverado is on its way to dealerships now.

GMC Sierra 1500

GMC Sierra

  • BASE PRICE: TBA
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: TBA
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 7,200 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 12,200 pounds

GMC’s handsome new 2019 Sierra is built on the same chassis as its corporate twin, the 2019 Chevy Silverado, and will be offered with the same powerplant options. It’s no surprise then that the two share maximum towing capacities. The same diesel will be offered in the GMC starting in 2019.

It also has a trailering system and app, standard on Denali and SLT trim levels. Offered is a hitch view camera with guidance and an auto electric parking brake for positioning. Side view cameras and a trailer-mounted HD camera are available for added driving or reversing assistance.

The app features a pre-departure checklist, maintenance reminders, trailer light test, trailer electrical diagnostics, and trailer tire pressure and temperature monitoring. A theft detection system will send OnStar alerts if the trailer is removed without permission.

Ram 1500

Ram 1500

  • BASE PRICE: $31,695
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $36,630
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 6,280 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 12,750 pounds

Ram’s 1500 has shed 225 pounds for 2019, thanks to strategic use of high-strength steel, aluminum, and composites. The new frame is both stiffer and more durable, and maximum capacity has ballooned from 10,620 pounds to 12,750 in the rear-wheel drive quad cab with 6’ 4” box.

Powering all this pull is the optional 395-horsepower 5.7-liter eTorque V8 ($1,995). The mild hybrid system uses a 48V motor/generator to boost torque significantly when needed, meaning that the available 410 lb-ft is easier to access across a broader rpm range.

The other part of the maximum towing equation is the Maximum Towing Package ($1,295). The kit starts with a 3.92 axle ratio for improved grunt, adds a Class IV receiver hitch, powered tow mirrors with supplemental signals, a trailer brake control, and a full-sized spare.

Ford F-150

Ford F-150

  • BASE PRICE: $27,705 (2018 pricing, 2019 may be slightly higher)
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $38,225 (2018 pricing, 2019 may be slightly higher)
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 7,700 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY: 13,200 pounds

Ford’s F-150 remains on top of the full-size pickup towing heap for 2019 (so far). The XL SuperCrew ($34,245) will tow a class-leading 13,200 pounds when equipped with the available 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 ($2,595), and Max Trailer Tow Package ($1,295).

The optional engine puts out a 375 horsepower and a massive 470 lb-ft of torque, even besting its 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel sibling which makes only 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft. The V6 is mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic with tow/haul mode.

The max trailering package includes a Class IV trailer hitch receiver, four-pin/seven-pin wiring harness, trailer brake controller, smart trailer tow connector, Pro Trailer Backup Assist with Tailgate LED, a 3.55 electronic locking rear differential, a 36 gallon fuel tank for extra range, an upgraded front stabilizer bar, beefier springs, and an upgraded rear bumper.

Heavy-duty

Chevrolet Silverado 2500

As powerful as full-size trucks are, drivers that need serious pulling power usually start their shopping in the three-quarter-ton section of the Pick-’em-up Mart. These heavy-duty haulers have suspensions, axles, and other components designed to deal with horse trailers, bigger boats, and large toy carriers. Gooseneck and fifth wheel hitches appear to place the load directly over the rear axle for even more capability. Optional engine specifications might seem more appropriate in heavy construction equipment

When it comes times to move mountains, these are the trucks for the job.

Nissan Titan XD

Nissan Titan XD

  • BASE PRICE: $32,040
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $42,240
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 11,590 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, CONVENTIONAL: 12,640 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, GOOSENECK: 12,760 pounds

The Nissan XD offers big capacity in base S trim, but we like the SV with the optional 5.0-liter Cummins V8 for bigger jobs. The diesel puts out 555 lb-ft of torque and adds half a ton to capability in a single spec.

Standard on the SV ($42,240) are towing features like a Class IV tow hitch receiver, trailer sway control, trailer brake controller, extendable tow mirrors, and trailer light check.

There are plenty of towing accessories offered to complete the kit, such as a weight-distributing ball hitch mount ($570) that includes a Class V ball, a factory-installed gooseneck hitch ball and anchor kit ($280), and a dealer-installed fifth wheel adapter ($650).

Ram 2500

Ram 2500

  • BASE PRICE: $32,645
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $45,560
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 11,390 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, CONVENTIONAL: 14,500 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, FIFTH WHEEL: 17,980 pounds

The big Ram 2500 needs very little tweaking to become a towing beast. It comes with a standard Class V receiver hitch and four-/seven-pin wiring harness, and simply adding the available 4.10 rear axle ratio ($145) boosts capacity to 13,900 pounds.

But, like most things in life, the fun begins when you start throwing money at it. For starters, add the Cummins I6 turbodiesel ($9,200) with a gargantuan 800 lb-ft of torque, paired with a heavy-duty transmission. Throw in options like as tow mirrors ($145), an anti-spin rear differential ($445), and automatic levelling rear air suspension ($1,695). And then, for serious capability, select the fifth wheel/gooseneck prep package ($495) or 20,000 pound direct-mount fifth wheel hitch ($1,075).

An all-new Ram 2500 has been announced and should debut January 2019.

GMC Sierra 2500HD

GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD

  • BASE PRICE: $38,800 (2018 model, 2019 TBA)
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $49,705 (2018 model, 2019 TBA)
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 13,000 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, CONVENTIONAL: 14,500 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, FIFTH WHEEL: 15,400 pounds

GMC’s big Sierra 2500HD has a powerful 6.0-liter V8 as standard equipment and will pull at least 13,000 pounds in any configuration, and 14,400 in double cab/8’-box form with two-wheel drive.

The optional Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel with 910 lb-ft of torque can only be added to crew cab models, but increases the maximum towing capacity to the full 14,500 pounds on a conventional hitch and 15,400 on fifth wheel.

While the Sierra is mechanically a near-clone of its corporate sibling, the Chevrolet Silverado, the lack of a regular cab/long bed configuration gives the towing advantage to the Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

  • BASE PRICE: $37,500
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $48,485
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 13,000 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, CONVENTIONAL: 14,500 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, FIFTH WHEEL: 18,100 pounds

With the Silverado 2500 HD, the big story is the big Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel ($9,395) with a gargantuan 910 lb-ft of torque on tap from a low 1,600 rpm. Even before adding the optional fifth wheel/gooseneck prep package, the 2500 will pull 14,500 pounds. With the package installed, the total jumps to over nine tons when installed in a truck with a regular cab.

The big diesel is paired with a heavy-duty Allison six-speed automatic transmission, compete with a tow/haul mode to reduce cycling and an exhaust brake for better control when descending steep grades.

The base 6.0-liter V8 gasoline engine is certainly no slouch, though. It will also pull 14,500 pounds with a conventional hitch, and 14,800 with a fifth wheel.

Ford Super Duty F-250

Ford Super Duty F-250

  • BASE PRICE: $33,150
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $43,400
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 13,000 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, CONVENTIONAL: 18,000
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, FIFTH WHEEL: 18,500

Ford’s F-250 Super Duty is a towing beast. The optional 6.7-liter V8 diesel ($9,120) puts out 440 horsepower and a mind-boggling 925 lb-ft of torque. For conventional towing, the crew cab/long bed pickup will pull an astounding nine tons, and fans of the fifth wheel can up that number the 18,500 pounds.

To reach maximum ability, the High Capacity Trailer Tow Package must be selected ($1,130). It adds a stronger rear axle, beefier hitch receiver, and front and rear springs with higher load ratings.

While not necessary for sheer power, we like the optional bird’s-eye view camera and trailer reverse guidance system ($2,605), and trailer blind spot warning system ($1,455).

Ultra-duty

Silverado 3500HD

When you feel the earth move under your feet, it’s undoubtedly because someone hooked it up to one of these one-ton ultra-duty haulers. These trucks are so massive that some states and provinces technically require a commercial license to legally drive one while it’s fully loaded.

GMC Sierra 3500HD

GMC Sierra 3500HD

  • BASE PRICE: $40,600
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $51,660
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 13,000 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, CONVENTIONAL: 20,000
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, FIFTH WHEEL: 23,100
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, GOOSENECK: 23,100

When you want to move mountains and look good doing it, you reach for the GMC 3500HD. While we love the luxury, fully loaded Denali trim level, it’s only available in a crew cab; the lower Sierra models get the job done.

The maximum brawn is available in regular cab spec with an 8’ box and dual rear wheels, powered by the optional 6.6-liter V8 turbodiesel ($9,395). With a 3.73 rear axle selected, this setup will pull 10 tons with a conventional hitch, and over eleven and a half tons on a fifth wheel ($1,539).

The 3500 comes with a trailer hitch platform, 4-pin and 7-pin connectors, automatic rear locking differential, and a 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits. A wide variety of towing hitches, balls, receivers, and safety systems can also be ordered.

Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

GMC Silverado 3500HD

  • BASE PRICE: $35,500
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $50,999
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 13,000 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, CONVENTIONAL: 20,000
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, FIFTH WHEEL/GOOSENECK: 23,300

We love the Silverado 3500HD in maximum towing configuration: Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbodiesel ($9,395), four-wheel drive, dual rear wheels, long bed, and regular cab. It’s like driving a battleship, but, y’know, fun instead of warlike.

As has been mentioned one or two times before, the big diesel mill has 910 lb-ft of torque and comes with exhaust braking, helping to keep the big rig under control on grades. Stability and traction control are standard, helping to keep the trailer in line.

The fifth wheel prep package is necessary for ultimate towing ($1,539).

Ram 3500

Ram 3500

  • BASE PRICE: $33,945
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $50,635
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 10,880
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, CONVENTIONAL: 21,400
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, GOOSENECK: 31,210

Powering the ultimate Ram towing machine is a 6.7-liter Cummins I6 twisting out a bone-shattering 930 lb-ft of diesel torque when paired with a heavy-duty six-speed Aisin transmission. Add in a regular cab, long bed, and dual rear wheels, and the Ram 3500 will draw 31,210 pounds. The optional powertrain does add $11,895 to the final price of the truck, but any arguments contrary to its addition can be settled with the words “930 lb-ft of torque.” Enough said.

In order to handle the immense load, we added Mopar’s Max Tow package ($3,500) with a 30,000 pound fifth wheel hitch, self-leveling air suspension, trailer brake control, and a 4.10 axle.

Ford Super Duty F-350

Ford F-350 Super Duty

  • BASE PRICE: $37,120
  • PRICE AS SPECIFIED: $48,835
  • BASE TOWING CAPACITY: 14,500 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, CONVENTIONAL: 21,000 pounds
  • MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY, FIFTH WHEEL/GOOSENECK: 32,000 pounds

Ford’s F-350 is powerful, but adding the 6.7-liter V8 turbodiesel ($9,120), dual rear wheels ($1,490), and 4.10 limited slip axle ($360) allows is to pull an eye-watering full sixteen tons on a fifth wheel. That is a full country music song worth of towing prowess.

The 350 comes with an integrated brake controller, towing mirrors, a beefy hitch receiver, and 4-/7-pin wiring harnesses.

In order to keep things under control we added the Ultimate Trailer Camera tow system ($1,880) with a 360-degree camera with reverse guidance, a boon to backing up a long trailer. A blind spot warning system with rear cross traffic alert ($1,665) is also available, and is calibrated for trailers up to 33 feet long.