Ford Corporate: ‘Lightning Is Dead.’ Ford Dealer: ‘Hold My Beer.’

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Stop what you’re doing, go to the bank, borrow $50,000, drive to Georgia, buy a new 2017 Ford Lightning. Be happy.

It’s the little things that matter the most in life. By all means, and most definitely by modern pickup truck standards, this Lightning currently for sale is very, very little. Just think of the fuel savings! Not.

Remember when we told you the reason why Ford couldn’t build a Lightning successor? We do, and it’s not a happy memory. Claiming weight issues and the economic climate, Ford focused on building an off-road truck now known as the Raptor instead of continuing the Lightning. Thankfully, a people’s hero, a champion of change — a Ford dealership nestled in NASCAR country took matters into their own hands.

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For sale at Pioneer Ford in Bremen, Georgia is not one, but two 2017 Ford Lightning pickup trucks. Heck, if they run out of them, they’ll even build you one exactly how you want it! That’s the kind of God’s work these folks have been doing as an authorized Ford dealer and Roush installer. Crazy enough, the secret recipe to the new, unofficial Lightning isn’t secret at all — we’re actually surprised no one did it before.

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It all starts with a base-model, short-bed, single-cab, rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered 2017 Ford F-150, which believe it or not still qualifies for all manufacturer and dealer pricing incentives. (Normally around $7,000 to $9,000 off MSRP.) Then, the bone-stock 5.0-liter V8 is paired to a state-of-the-art Roush Supercharger, which takes the 395 stock horsepower all the way up to 650. Yes, you read that right. That’s the lightest possible F-150 configuration, with a 650-horsepower supercharged V8.

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Allow that to sink in for a minute.

Ready for more? Ok. According to the dealership’s Facebook post, after the engine work is done they add authentic Lightning badges, a handling-tuned suspension which lowers the ride height considerably, and 22-inch SVT wheels identical to the ones found in the original truck.

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If you think all of this will cost you an arm and a leg and many headaches down the road, think again. The F-150 retains its factory Ford warranty, and the supercharger carries a Roush 3 year/36,000-mile warranty. Because of the truck’s incentives, the F-150 comes to around $34,660 plus the $15,000 “Pioneer Ford Lightning Tribute Package.” All in all, this stunning “Lightning” is listed online for $49,660.

So, are you headed south yet?

UPDATE: We reached out to Pioneer Ford to clarify their window sticker claiming a 600-HP tune, but their Facebook post claiming 650. They explained the initial addendum on the window sticker was for the one-off black truck. Due to the truck’s huge success, all future Lightning trucks they build will have a Stage 2 supercharger rated at 650 horsepower.

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

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