#4: 06-15-08 18:08 PT
clarify the latest bit of speculation: Sam Abuelsamid's original
scoop on a new SVT pickup is right on the money. It's the Lightning
part we're still trying to figure out.
on the wheel shots below, the SVT F-150 (not to be confused with
Raptor) will be wholly distinct from the 2009 Harley-Davidson
F-150. The Harley F-150 has benefited in the past from
SVT's engineering prowess (for example, the 2002 Harley F-150
had the same supercharger as the SVT Lightning but with smaller
pulleys that produced less horsepower) but has never been (and
we're not expecting it to be in the future) an SVT product.
SVT Lightning enthusiasts will consider the new SVT truck a worthy
heir to the Lightning's name and history remains to be seen.
#3: 06-15-08 01:21 PT
Here are new pictures to throw on the speculative bonfire surrounding a new SVT engineered F-150 that might arrive this fall.
Yesterday I toured Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, where freshly built F-150's roll off state-of-the-art assembly lines. Scattered among a hundred or so shiny new 2008 model year F-150s were several 2009 pilot trucks. Pilots are built on the same line as production trucks to test out new tools, parts and assembly methods that will be used when production fully shifts to the new pickup.
In the plant's final review area, where all trucks are inspected before being shipped to Ford dealers, was a set of four 2009 F-150s. None were Harley-Davidson edition trucks but hanging directly above them was a sign that said, "Harley/STX Staging Area". Hint #1 that a new 2009 Harley F-150 *could* be on its way.
Hint #2 was caught in a picture at an assembly line station, where tasks like installing seats or attaching side view mirrors (see below) are performed. Above each station are special instructions meant to help assemble 2009 F-150 pilot trucks. For example, here's one showing the connectors on a new tail light.
Further down the line from the tail light instructions, the artwork shown below caught my eye. Notice the 22 inch 6-spoke wheel identified as "Harley Davidson". Could this be assembly line guidance for a 2009 Harley F-150 pilot build? The wheel is different from those on the 2008 model year Harley F-150.
And if this picture is the new Harley rim, then what truck are we seeing below? Its wheels are very different from the wheels pictured in the assembly line photo. They look similar to the SVT engineered 2008 Mustang GT500. Could there be a distinct new SVT F-150 that will have some kind of connection to the discontinued Lightning or GT500?
#2: 06-15-08 01:21 PT
Here's a spy shot of what we believe is a 2009 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson edition mule. Note the unique wheels and silver exhaust pipes. This is likely the high-performance half-ton hinted at by the SVT rep who spoke with Autoblog.
#1: 06-15-08 06:29 PT
folks - looks like Lightning doesn't strike twice. An unimpeachable source tells PUTC that a reborn Lightning is not
coming this fall.
on spy photos, we're speculating a new SVT-influenced
Harley-Davidson F-150 will carry the on-road performance banner
for Ford's half-ton pickups.