Georgia Dealer Makes Modern Ford F-150 Lightning

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It wasn't so long ago that all the major pickup truck makers had a performance-oriented sport truck ready to run neck and neck with any modified pony car looking for some competition. Of course, for many casual observers, the sport truck has had its day, with entries from Ram (SRT-10), Chevy (454SS), GMC (Syclone) and even Toyota (Tacoma X-Runner) popular with targeted fans but never garnering significant sales numbers.

Of course, some would argue the biggest sport truck of them all is the still-popular Ford F-150 SVT Lightning. The Lightning ran from the early '90s to the early 2000s — ending its run to make room for the eventual debut of the critically and technically acclaimed Raptor — but there are still plenty of fans of the half-ton sport truck who want their shot to get behind the wheel of something similar. (We know we remember the first time we did.) Yes, Ford did offer the Tremor package two years ago with the powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, and it was definitely fast down the quarter-mile, but it was still not exactly the kind of power package some are looking for.

That might change now because we've just heard about Pioneer Ford, a dealership in Bremen, Ga., that's putting together the closest thing to a modern-day Ford Lightning we've yet seen. We don't have any slip times from the package, but it does look good.

The 2018 Ford F-150 Lightning package from Pioneer Ford starts with a V-8 regular-cab short-bed F-150 XL. Pioneer then adds a front- and rear-suspension lowering kit, a Roush supercharger, Roush alloy wheels, Goodyear Fortera high-performance tires and a leather interior. Since the photos and information from its Facebook page went viral last week, the dealership has had almost 100 calls looking for more information, many of whom had to put down a $1,000 deposit to hold their spot in line. The finished trucks, depending on exactly how you want it equipped, run right around $55,000 and are reported to offer about 675 horsepower. The sport truck is back.

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Comments

I will say that truck looks good as it sits. Granted it's still a full-sized truck but the stance is much more mellow and conservative and at least makes it look smaller than it really is.

I'm beginning to think buying a mid-sized 4x4 and lowering it (with variable-rate springs, etc.) would serve my needs better than anything else I've seen out there. Would probably get better fuel mileage, too.

Couldn't they do anything about the crappy uber-plastic dash? Glad to see they chose the V8 route instead of another wimpy sounding turbo six. A shame that Ford and the rest of the major car makers don't offer a stick shift. This is the sort of truck that's crying out for three pedals and a 8-ball shifter.

Better offer a spay in bed liner because you know that rubber mat isn't going to stop dents, cracks, or holes from forming.

Plus for $55K, I could get a fully loaded Sierra Denali with a 6.2L and add my own magnacharger to it for less money and have a fully capable supercrew truck that can do anything you want!

Nice idea though, just not my cup of tea for that money! Needs to have either black wheels on it or chrome. Brushed aluminum kinda dulls it out.

sweet!

@TNTGMC, you really think a 1/16 of an inch of bedliner is going to protect better then a thick rubber mat? The bedliner is to stop scratches but as far as dents and holes its not going to do much more then the paint will lol.

Couldn't anyone do this a lot cheaper themselves. 55 K for a single cab with a supercharger. Truck can't be more than 16 k. Just saying.

@papajim,

They chose the XL and it will have that plastic, I am unsure if the dealers has any expertise to modify the dash, than rather the engine and suspension.

Great Idea, not bad for $55K, I love Reg. Cab Trucks.

Need to get rid of that black on the door pillar, why they put that on a regular cab without a back window I don't know. It looks good on a crew cab because it makes both windows like like one piece of glass.

@ john

My bed liner in my Sierra stops a heck of a lot more than my rubber mat I had in my other truck. The sides of the box are not covered by the rubber mat!! DUH!!

Not that I am a big Ford fan, but you could buy a supercrew 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost and slap a tune on it and the ecoboost would probably run faster than the supercharged 5.0. You'd get a much nicer truck, plus a faster truck for similar money...

Granted, you'd lose any powertrain warranty

I just reread the article, so they added all this power without a brake upgrade? F-150s are known for warping rotors by 30k miles, so I guess a brake upgrade won't be too far down the road anyways...

I'd prefer the Ford 6.2 engine w/o the jazzy Roush blower.

Would save thousands of dollars. At first blush $55k sounds like a lot, but compared to the Corvettes and Shelbys it ain't that bad.

Tyler's right about the brakes too. For $55k you should get better brakes.

A good team of dealer techs at a Ford shop should have no problems sourcing the Dearborn hardware for the 6.2 swap. It was not that long ago you could option your F150 with the 6.2

Come to think of it, with Ford being number 1 and the most popular truck brand, this is not all that bad. Maybe GM can make a new 2010 truck look good, wait yup, thats the new 2018, which is the same as the 2010 model.

I don't have a problem with the truck.

I have a problem with a Ford dealer slapping Lightning badges on the side and SVT Ford badges on the tailgate. This is fraudulent and trademark infringement. One or two trucks is one thing. But hundreds is another matter. Is Ford going to allow every dealer to slap fraudulent bages on F-150s across the country? I know awhile back they were cracking down on fake decals.

Does Ford or Mike Levine care to comment?

I agree with Tom. This could steamroll out of controll. Next up Raptor badges on trucks of dealers who cannot get Raptors or Raptor badges on Rouche trucks with lift kits and fender flares. Ford needs to crack down on this. Where is Mike Levine?

Cool idea, but would it have killed them to use an XLT or something a little nicer? I like the concept but Im not shelling out $50k for something that is still basically just a $20k work truck.

Still a ugly truck, just lipstick on a pig.

reminds me of the silverado high country, one of the worst gm products ever made.

Still a ugly truck, just lipstick on a pig.


Posted by: Uglyfords | Sep 18, 2017 2:35:27 PM

LOL, it's what we call around here a Chevy Silverado, and sometimes a Sierra.

It looks like a 2wd. Is there an option for 4wd and lowered?

Any track times yet?

The best part of that package is dumping all the cheaply made Ford original equipment and adding quality aftermarket parts.

The best part of that package is dumping all the cheaply made Ford original equipment and adding quality aftermarket parts.

I am so happy I own a 2014 6.2 Lariat Loaded!

Nice but its not the real thing; ca'mon Ford, are you listening??? - too many fans out there still waiting for that Lightning III!!!

But I do suggest not to use F150 platform as we need it to be nimble, lighter so the new Ranger platform should be perfect & throw in a supercharged V8 5.L in tuned to 600-700 HP...yeah!!!

I don't think the aluminum body panel can keep up with the power, might warp the military grade aluminum panels.

Sorry, It's military grade Ugly. AKA - f-150 garbage.

Damn that's one ugly turd of a truck.

AND LOOK AT ALL OF THE GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLYS ACTING WITH JELOUSY. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA FORD FORD FOR LIFE HOMES.

There's a salesman telling customers "We are the only dealer in the country selling this limited edition F-150 Lightning"....... Wonder Ford doesn't have the "Lightning" name registered. Maybe they do?

They have it registered.

LIGHTNING is a trademark of Ford Motor Company. Filed in March 12 (2009), the LIGHTNING covers toy and model automobiles.

They also have SVT registered.

What this Georgia dealer is doing is wrong. Ford could shut it down.

I agree with some of the posters here. The only reason they are getting calls on this is because of the Lightning badges and SVT badge and because the owner and salesman calling it a Lightning. They are a Roush dealership and if they called it what it is, a Roush nobody would cate. I don't care if they call it a tribute in the ad. They cannot legally use the Lightning and SVT badging. Someone in the media tweet the story to Levine asking if Ford was not too pleased with the dealer using the names. I believe Ford is looking into this legally because if Ford approved if it, they would have hapilly retweeted it.

I find it a bit odd nobody makes a limited production hi performance street truck. It wouldn't be hard or expensive using existing parts, and lines as it would be less complicated than the Raptor (with its special body panels and added width). With low expectations on sales and conservative production it would fill a small high profile niche probably at a profit and could quickly and easily be discontinued or continued. Easy way to grab a lot of press and bragging/marketing turf.

Ok guys. Absolutely non of you have no idea what this dealer is doing. This is a tribute to what the lightning use to be. If they did a crew cab then it wouldn't be a lightning. If they did a 4x4, it wouldn't be a lightning. If they did a 3.5 it would not be a lightning. Also, I would like to see any of you try and buy and truck and do it for less money. I promise you can't. Also, they do offer a brake upgrade. There is a brembo brake package that they are offering when you call to order. They don't care what you would have done to make this truck look like what you want it to look like. They built the truck to be a tribute to the old lightning. Not a tribute to you. If you're gonna post stuff like this, get your facts straight first. Some of your post are just absolutely non factual and it's hilarious that you would even have posted some of the stuff that you did.

@ashley bryant,

Thank you.

Ditto Ashley Bryant

Count 1, 2, 3 - papajim will come on a tangent - usual rant- about
Ford stock & management.

What's up with the center seat? Fabric wrinkled. I'd rather have the truck in stock appearance with the supercharger under the hood. AKA sleeper. Needs different wheels, dark charcoal or black.

I like it!

Ok guys. Absolutely non of you have no idea what this dealer is doing. This is a tribute to what the lightning use to be. If they did a crew cab then it wouldn't be a lightning. If they did a 4x4, it wouldn't be a lightning. If they did a 3.5 it would not be a lightning. Also, I would like to see any of you try and buy and truck and do it for less money. I promise you can't. Also, they do offer a brake upgrade. There is a brembo brake package that they are offering when you call to order. They don't care what you would have done to make this truck look like what you want it to look like. They built the truck to be a tribute to the old lightning. Not a tribute to you. If you're gonna post stuff like this, get your facts straight first. Some of your post are just absolutely non factual and it's hilarious that you would even have posted some of the stuff that you did.


Posted by: ashley bryant | Sep 19, 2017 9:17:32

Wait a minute here.

You can buy this truck stock for around $25k with a V8. You telling me I can't lower the suspension, add some seats, rims, and supercharge it for less than $30k?

A Rousch phase 2 supercharger will get you in the mid 600hp with no engine tweaks already for $7800. That leaves me $22,200 to lower it, buy some rims and put new seats in it?

I'm thinking it can be done cheaper on your own. But it would be good to know if they did anything to bullet-proof the engine. The article reads as no.

I'm glad it's a tribute, but I don't agree that it's the best deal going.

I'm thinking it can be done cheaper on your own. But it would be good to know if they did anything to bullet-proof the engine. The article reads as no.

I'm glad it's a tribute, but I don't agree that it's the best deal going.


Posted by: andrwken | Sep 19, 2017 12:24:00 PM

There are alot things in life you don't understand, how about doing your own due digilence and call the dealer, then come back and post your finding if you really want to put your two cents in.

I tell you the Midwest sounds like the South, bunch of whiny bithces!~

Dodge /RAM has built a truck like this since 2009; just discontinued it for 2018 though. Sales numbers?? They never promoted the 'R/T' and don't even mention it in the sales brochures. You have to know about it, then try to find one. It's a subset of the 'Sport' line and is a 2-door, 2 seat only, short box 2WD variant. It comes loaded; even has bright 22" wheels. I own one and couldn't be happier. It hauls, gets good mileage and is unique.



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