What Are the Selling Points of the Ford F-150 Lightning?


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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.

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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.

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