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TOTD: Should Ford Consider a Proper F-150 SVT Lightning Successor?

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After two generations of the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning, the automaker discontinued the high-performance sport truck. After skipping nearly two generations, Ford has returned to the sport truck market with the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor, which we consider a lukewarm effort. That said, we want to know if you think Ford should consider a proper F-150 SVT Lightning successor.

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In our 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor FX2 and FX4 First Test, we noted that the last F-150 SVT Lightning we tested was faster and better handling than either Tremor model. With a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 with 380 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, the last F-150 SVT Lightning we tested reached 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and finished the quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds at 102.2 mph. Powered by a 365-hp, 420 lb-ft 2.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, the F-150 Tremor 4x4 was slightly faster than the F-150 Tremor 4x2 posting 5.8 seconds to 60 mph and 14.3 seconds at 94.4 mph and 5.9 seconds to 60 mph and 14.4 seconds at 95.7 mph in the quarter-mile, respectively.

“Out in the real world, the Tremors feel about as sporty as their numbers suggest,” we said in our First Test. “With EcoBoost power on tap, both trucks quickly and easily blast out of the hole, but the fun of mashing the long, skinny pedal to the floor at each stoplight wears thin quickly. Those hoping the Tremor can handle some corners ought to look elsewhere in the Ford lineup.” We concluded: “The Tremor isn't only marred by aesthetics that write checks the truck can't cash, but it is also let down by a pretty steep sticker price for what you get… The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor may be an excellent pickup truck, but it doesn't quite live up to the sport truck reputation the last F-150 SVT Lightning had. For its price, and given its performance, I suspect most buyers would be happier with the truck the SVT team has been spending most of its time with lately, the [F-150 SVT] Raptor.”

Should Ford consider a proper F-150 SVT Lightning successor? Share your thoughts on today’s Thread of the Day below.


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