The New Ford Lightning Needs the 5.2L V8

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2001 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning

Welcome to another Wednesday, which means we’re just far enough into the week for me to get a little loopy. For today’s bit of craziness, I want to take the opportunity to talk about the possibility of a new Lightning F-150. There are rumors that one is coming, even the the Tremor was pretty much a flop. But what would be the engine powering this new Lightning, if we were to see one?

I would, of course, bet on a version of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that appears in the F-150 already. It’ll be tuned to the stratosphere for 2017 Raptor duty (it’s also a variant that’ll appear in the Ford GT). But, of course, people want to see performance vehicles with V8s.

The 5.0L “Coyote” V8 that is available in the current 2015 F-150 is pretty powerful, but it’s not exactly enough for a high-performance badge like Lightning. The only real solution at appeal to the naysayers of the EcoBoost is to drop the flat-plane crankshaft, 5.2L, 8,250RPM V8 from the Shelby GT350 and GT350R into the F-150 to make it a Lightning.

Why? I present you Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

The People rest, your honor.

What do you think? 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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