2001 SVT F-150 Lightning Overview




    The Ford Special Vehicle Team’s 2001 edition of the SVT F-150
    Lightning elevates this niche vehicle to a higher level of performance and
    appearance. More horsepower, new rear-axle gearing, suspension fine-tuning and
    several distinctive exterior appearance changes make this SVT Lightning the
    most appealing ever, according to John Coletti, chief engineer at Ford Special
    Vehicle Engineering.

    “The 2001 SVT Lightning gives owners everything they have
    learned to love, but more of it,” Coletti says. “It’s the most powerful,
    best-handling one we’ve yet produced, and some dramatic design changes make
    this 2001 model instantly recognizable.”

    “This is a performance truck that hit its market niche target
    right in the bull’s-eye,” says Tom Scarpello, Ford specialty vehicle marketing
    manager. “We design and engineer these vehicles for discriminating enthusiasts
    who know what they want and expect. Our plan is to keep meeting or exceeding
    their expectations, and this vehicle will just keep getting better and better.
    That’s the way it has to be, particularly for this customer.”

    For 2001, the SVT Lightning’s
    SOHC 5.4-liter Triton™ V8 engine develops 380 horsepower at 4,750
    rpm, up 20 horsepower from the 2000 model. Torque output is increased by 10
    foot-pounds, to 450 at 3,250 rpm.

    The engineering team achieved these increases by enlarging the
    air inlet system for better engine breathing, by improving intercooler
    efficiency, and redesigning the lower intake manifold to improve air flow (see
    separate powertrain release for details).

    The engineers achieved additional performance increases with a
    new rear axle ratio, with “shorter” 3.73:1 crown and pinion gear set instead of
    the previous 3.55:1 ratio. This improves off-the-line performance, and is a key
    factor in reducing zero to 60 mph time from 6.2 to 5.8 seconds. Because of the
    higher driveline loads and rotational speeds, a new 4.5-inch aluminum drive
    shaft has replaced the previous 3.5-inch steel unit.

    The SVT Lightning’s
    suspension system, which lowers the truck half an inch in front and two inches
    in the rear, is largely unchanged for 2001. At the front is a short- and
    long-arm system with coil springs and a 31mm solid stabilizer bar; the rear is
    a solid axle with five-leaf springs and a 23mm solid stabilizer bar.

    New shock absorbers for 2001 are monotube Bilstein gas-charged
    units at all four corners. The damping characteristics of these shocks improve
    wheel control, while significantly improving the feel of the SVT Lightning’s

    Also for 2001, the specially developed 295/45ZR-18
    Goodyear™ Eagle F1-GS™ unidirectional tires are built
    with the next generation F1 GS rubber compound. This new compound improves the
    tires’ grip capability.

    The SVT F-150 Lightning is
    built on the F-Series regular cab, short-wheelbase chassis, giving the lightest
    possible weight, optimum handling and acceleration. This configuration also
    provides a dynamic visual presence, which is enhanced with design changes for

    Exterior elements that distinguish the 2001 SVT Lightning
    include new upper and lower front grilles with a horizontal billet-bar design
    that is unique to Lightning in the F-Series line. All the lights also are new
    for 2001. The headlights, taillights, side-marker lights, and the signature
    round fog lights all have clear, crystalline lenses found only on Lightning,
    which give the exterior a clean, jewel-like appearance.

    The cab’s center high-mounted stop lamp also is unique to
    Lightning, with 10 light-emitting diodes flanked by two clear-lens cargo

    The cast aluminum-alloy, five-spoke wheels measure 18 x 9.5
    inches and are restyled for 2001 with a sharper-edged design, which further
    distinguishes this vehicle from previous models.

    The 2001 SVT Lightning’s interior continues the combination of
    Ebony textured leather and Medium Graphite cloth trim, 40/60 split bench seat
    with center jump seat, and the SVT-signature white-faced gauges.

    New for 2001, and in response to customer demand, are sun
    visors with lighted vanity mirrors. These new visors also have auxiliary blades
    that can be flipped to the side to add shade to the top of the side windows.

    The SVT Lightning’s complement
    of standard equipment remains the same for 2001, and includes front air bags
    with a passenger airbag deactivation switch; anti-lock braking system; six-way
    power driver’s seat with special lateral bolstering; a six-disc CD changer;
    power side windows, door locks and outside mirrors; engine oil cooler;
    SecuriLock™ passive anti-theft system and remote keyless entry, and
    a Class III towing package.

    The only option available for the SVT Lightning is a
    factory-installed soft tonneau cover. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price
    for this option is unchanged for 2001 at $150.

    The 2001 SVT Lightning’s MSRP is $32,300 (including destination
    and delivery).