Would You Buy a New Ford Lightning?

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We recently reported on some rumors inside the Ford Motor Company that a replacement to the famous Ford F-150 SVT Lightning was in the works. That single cab, rear-wheel drive truck could run from zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds with a Triton V8 under the hood. If a new one were to be built, would you buy it?

That’s the main question that Ford needs to answer before they put a vehicle into production. In addition to if people will buy it, they need to know if enough people will buy it to make the investment viable. It’s potentially one of the main reasons why there’s no U.S. Ford Ranger.

Realistically, if a new Lightning were produced, it would have a 3.5L EcoBoost V6. That V6 is the new mark of high-performance Fords, appearing in everything from the Ford Explorer Sport, to the new 2017 Raptor, to the Ford GT supercar. There is absolutely no question that that engine would appear in the Lightning.


The new Lightning would also have an automatic transmission. It’d make the truck easier to sell, and cost Ford less in research and development costs. Most likely, it’d be the 10-speed that will make its debut in the near future in regular F-150s as well as the Raptor.

Would the new truck be rear-wheel drive? Most likely, but it would be interesting to see a variation of the performance all-wheel drive system that Ford is throwing in the Focus RS on a performance truck like the Lightning.

So what do you think? Would you buy a Ford Lightning with these specs? Let us know in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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