Ford Should Bring Back the Sport Truck with the F-150 ST

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We put it to a vote, and you wanted to see what the Ford F-150 would look like rendered as a high-performance ST model.

A few weeks ago, I asked what you what vehicle Ford should ST next. With the introduction of the Edge ST, it’s clear that Ford is looking to expand the Ford Performance nameplate to new vehicles. When it came to a vote, you chose the F-150.

Our render of a F-150 ST begins with a F-150 SuperCab painted in Ford Performance Blue straight from the Edge. Blacked out bits, including the front grille and wheels show off the truck’s speed aspirations. A lowered ride height and bright red Brembo brakes help with the cornering and stopping performance.

Several ST badges, including the one on offset on the front grille, is the only real indication to the general public that the truck is anything special, but to the trained eye the Raptor-esque fenders cover the underneath performance.

What would a F-150 ST have for performance? I’m thinking it should have the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost from the Raptor. A performance truck needs power, and 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque would do it. Plus, it’d be easy for Ford to drop it in the truck.

Getting the power to the ground would come from either a rear-wheel drive setup (standard), or optional four-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive’s Sport mode would send power to the rear unless the front needed traction. They’re already doing something similar now with vehicles like the new Expedition.

While I would love to see this truck with a 6-speed manual, we all know that won’t happen. Ford’s 10-speed automatic with a street performance configuration would be good for this truck, and we’d anticipate 0-60 mph times in the low-4s range. Of course Ford Performance would call up their friends at Michelin and order Pilot Super Sport tires with optional Sport Cup 2 rubber.

The base F-150 ST would be all about light-weighting, with nice contoured seats, leather appointments, and SYNC 3 with Android Auto and Apple Car Play support.

Upgraded models would get the usual luxuries that come with F-150s, including optional B&O Play audio, adaptive cruise control, ventilated seats, and more. Starting MSRP could easily come in around $50,000, which is where the current Raptor currently starts.

The Raptor is a sales success, and it will continue to be. But some people want a fast truck that can handle the corners, but maybe not blast across the desert. We need a spiritual successor to the Lightning that cuts the proverbial mustard, and a ST-badged, Ford Performance modified F-150 would do just that.

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

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