at what the boys at Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) cooked up
- a pickup truck that does 0 to 60 in less than 6 seconds! The F-150
Lightning is the sports car of pickup trucks.
Priced at around
$30K, the Lightning is a short-bed, regular-cab truck with a supercharged
5.4-liter V8. It rides on 18-inch wheels, sports an integrated air
dam with fog lights, and dual side pipes that exit in front of the
rear wheel. The Lighting has street tough looks. The price also
includes leather seats, stereo, air conditioning, power windows
and power locks. The only options are a CD changer, tonneau cover
and a Class III towing package.
The 5.4 liter
engine has a stronger crankshaft than found in the regular F-150
to help power the Eaton provided supercharger. This Eaton Gen IV
Roots-type supercharger provides 8.0 psi pressure. Longitudinally
mounted the Triton V8 is a SOHC (single overhead cam) cast iron
engine pumping out 360 horsepower at 4750 rpm, or 66.7 hp per liter.
Torque is rated 440 ft/lbs. at 3000 rpm. Engine redline can be found
at 5250 rpm and for that extra protection fuel shutoff is at 5400
Like the engine,
handling is accomplished through a modified suspension. Twin short
and long arms, coiled springs, tubular gas-charged shock absorbers,
and a 31mm solid stabilizer bar are up front. In the rear is a solid
axle, staggered gas charged shocks, and 23mm solid stabilizer bar.
Lowered ride height keeps the truck more stable at high speeds and
in corners but it's still much higher than any sports car. The 18-inch
Eagle F1-GS Goodyear Tires keep the tread in contact with the road
at all times. Anti-lock brakes are standard.
cloth bucket seats with leather accents are available along
with leather door trimming. AM-FM-cassette audio, power windows,
power mirrors, keyless remote entry, tilt steering, sliding
rear window, cruise control are also included. Seating is a
40/60 bench with 6 way power for
The passenger side airbag can be disabled when riding with small
choices are available: bright red clearcoat, black clearcoat, and
Oxford white clearcoat. That's it, understated looks with high performance
are what this package is all about.
Good luck finding
this truck, and once you do try not to fall over at the price. Ford
only produced around 2500 models in 1999 and most of those were
advance purchases. For 2000 Ford is expected to produce around 5000
Lightnings. Making finding this truck even more difficult is the
fact that Ford only sells Lightnings at SVT certified dealerships
- only around 10% of all Ford dealers are SVT certified.
The price is
an eye opening $29,995 plus a destination charge of $640. A tonneau
cover ($150), six-disc CD changer ($210) and towing package ($245)
can bring the total to $31,240, but you are not going to find a
rarer, more balanced sport truck on the road than the Lightning.
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F150 Lighting? Let us know
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