The Ford F-150 SVT Lightning is a pickup truck primarily designed with speed in mind, powered by a supercharged V8 engine and modified with performance components. While it is not as suited for cargo hauling or towing, the Lightning offers performance that still exceeds most modern trucks.
Last built for the 2004 model year, the final version of the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning was powered by a 5.4-liter Triton V8 with an Eaton supercharger that produced 380 peak horsepower and 450 foot-pounds of torque. Additional performance features included a limited-slip differential, anti-lock disc brakes on all four wheels and heavy-duty Bilstein shock absorbers in both the front and rear suspension. Ford also had special versions of the Goodyear F1-GS tire produced to fit the F-150 SVT Lightning's large wheels. A four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive lockout was standard equipment. In combination, these modifications lead to impressive performance, such as the Lightning's ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 5.2 seconds.
The F-150 SVT Lightning's performance remains exceptional for pickup trucks, as of 2015. Even its successor, Ford's 2014 F-150 Raptor, is slower to the 60 miles per hour mark by over a second. However, the Lightning is not the best choice for a work pickup, as its mediocre cargo capacity of 1,350 pounds is exceeded by almost every full-size pickup on the market today.