SEMA 2008 Exclusive Preview:
Performance West Group Ford F-150 Striker R
By: Mike Levine Posted: 09-19-08 08:01 PTUpdated: 09-30-08 08:20 PT
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Last week we showed you a preview of the Hulst Customs Ford F-350 Striker, and now we've got photos of its aggressive sibling, Performance West Group's Ford F-150 Striker R. This is also the first look at a customized 2009 Ford F-150 headed to SEMA.

Like the F-350 Striker, the F-150 Striker gets its inspiration and looks from Ford's GT500KR Mustang. The front end is bold, with a black anodized diamond mesh grille and twin hood intakes to feed the Striker's supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 engine. There are many hand-crafted details in the body, including billet front fender vents and side scoops located just ahead of the rear wheels for brake cooling. Of course, it also comes with "Badass Blue" Le Mans-style race stripes that run the length of the truck.

Inside, Katzkin Leather will match the silver and blue exterior colors with custom leather surfaces and seats. The interior will also include matching floor coverings and aluminum racing pedals and auxiliary gauges. Sony is supplying its Xplod video infotainment system.

The Striker R's 5.4-liter V-8 is expected to pound the pavement with 500 horsepower. Kenne Bell is supplying a 2.4-liter Blowzilla supercharger and intercooler, cold air intake, Boost-a-Pump and an Optimizer II electronic engine management system. Engine enhancements will be paired with a free-flowing Corsa Cat-Back exhaust system.

Underneath the truck will be a Bell Tech suspension package that will allow the Striker R to navigate tight turns more like the Mustang that inspired it. Keeping the rear differential both cool and cool-looking is a custom Striker R alloy cover.

To ensure that the Striker R can stop as aggressively as it accelerates, Stainless Steel Brakes Corp will supply a set of massive V8 eight-piston brake calipers that work in concert with its equally massive 15-inch Big Bite cross-drilled rotors. Pirelli is supplying the Striker R's 22-inch custom alloy wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico ultra-high-performance tires.

Pick your favorite, Striker F-350 or Striker R F-150!

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