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What's a truck review
doing on Mustangworld ? Well the Lightning is no average truck !
The Ford F150 is already the hottest truck on the market. The SVT Lightning
however, is for the enthusiast who want's "more", and it delivers.
When we recently
got the chance to take the SVT Lightning out for a spin, we didn't pass
it up. With a 5.4L Supercharged / intercooled 360HP and a whopping 440lbs
of torque, we were excited.
Some minor changes for 2000,
including color matched mirror inserts, rear tinted glass, overhead digital
console and rear tail lights (more on page 2).
The name that separates this
truck from the pack.
The Eaton blower mounted atop
the already strong 5.4L. The engine runs very smooth.
SVT Lightning in bright red
It has a very good on center feel and steering is responsive. It drives
very, dare we say, car like.
Off the line the
5.4L's torque get's you moving quick. Put the pedal down and it's like
hitting fast forward on a VCR. You can feel the boost rocket you down
the road. The engine serves up 440lbs of torque at only 3000 rpm so it's
a very fun truck to drive anywhere.
The tuned suspension is nice, and with all that torque, zipping across
lanes in traffic is a breeze without excess body roll. The Lightning also
rides very smooth. The 18" x 9.5" SVT wheels and Goodyear Eagle
F1-GS 295/45ZR tires hook up nice off the line.
Our 6.8L V10 and supercharged
5.0 in the background. We wish we could keep the Lightning :-)