Saleen Teases F-150 Fans With New STX Sport Truck

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Craving hotter performance and looks than any other Ford truck can deliver? Hang tight, because the Saleen STX is coming soon!

It seems like it’s been decades that Ford fanatics have clamored for a high-performance truck. Ford attempted to answer everyone’s prayers with the Raptor, but the truth is that not everyone wants an off-road champ. In fact, many folks still desire to fill the void the Ford F-150 Lightning left in 2004.

Saleen, along with other high-performance tuners are now, 13 years later, looking to do exactly that. For one reason or another, late-2017 and 2018 seem to be the time when everyone and their mother has chosen to do so. These photos were recently published on the Saleen Automotive Facebook page, which claimed the STX is “Coming November 2017.” No other details were shared by the tuner, such as performance specs, price, or an exact release date.

Shortly after that, our friends at Ford Authority revealed just a little more about this mean-looking machine. According to the publication, the STX will be powered by a variety of Ford engines ranging from the naturally aspirated V6, all the way up to the 5.0-liter V8. Of course, Saleen will also show major love to the 2.7- and 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost along the way. All in all, this is excellent news for folks of all backgrounds, as they’ll able pick up their dream truck with their desired drivetrain of choice.


“We are excited to have returned to our heritage with a high-performance Saleen Sport Truck that fits perfectly within our program for a full line of high-performance vehicles carrying the Saleen brand,” Saleen Automotive CEO Steve Saleen told Ford Authority. “Our Sport Truck heritage includes many race wins as well as a national championship.”

Speaking of high-performance, the entire front fascia of the truck has been redesigned and brought up to Saleen standards. The bulging hood towers over the race-inspired mesh grille, which sports a minimalist approach with a unique painted-to-match (or so it appears) band across the middle. The lower front fender includes functional air ducts for cooling the brakes, and the rear motif accentuates the massive twin-tailpipes.

With November only a weeks away, it won’t be long until we know everything about this bad boy. That being said, how will it stack up against the much more basic Ford Lightning tribute truck by Pioneer Ford, and the 700-horsepower Shelby Super Snake?

Chime in with your thoughts on the forum. >>

Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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