Should Ford Use an Engine Setup Similar to This One for a Reborn Lightning?

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We are firmly entrenched in the EcoBoost era. Turbocharged engines are everywhere in the Ford model lineup. In fact, the automaker’s going to use a 3.5-liter EcoBoost motor in both the 2017 F-150 Raptor and the next GT supercar. However, there are some of you out there that bemoan the fact the Blue Oval has moved away from eight-cylinder power for two of its most eye-catching vehicles.

One of those used to be the SVT Lightning. Its supercharged 5.4-liter V8 and sport truck styling made it the ultimate performance F-150 until the Raptor roared onto the scene. The 2014 model year’s Tremor pumped out some respectable under-the-hood numbers, but its limited run meant it didn’t have the chance to develop the following the Lightning did.

What if Ford decided to make a new version of the Lightning, say, in 2018? Would you want it to put something similar to the MPT Performance-tuned engine you’re about to see in it?

Of course, 948 horsepower and 727 lb.-ft. of torque is a little much to expect out of a production truck, but what do you think of the setup? Ford already has a 5.0-liter V8 for the F-150. It loves turbocharging its engines. An EcoBoost-ed V8 would be a first for Ford and offer new Lightning buyers a touch of exclusivity and the ability to haul ass in a pickup that would be more fuel-efficient than ever thanks to an aluminum body and the new 10-speed auto that’s coming.

What do you think? Would that kind of engine in a new Lightning strike you the right way?

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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