Remember the street-rod-spec Ford SVT Lightning? It was part of a trend that started in the ’90s and stretched into the 2000s that saw the Big Three build pickup trucks that thought they were muscle cars: the GMC Syclone, the Dodge Ram SRT-10, and the 1999 SVT Lightning. Ford’s entry took the regular-cab, Flareside F-150 and gave it a sport suspension and a supercharged 5.4 liter V8 for a total of 360-380 horsepower, depending on the model year—creating a truck that could run from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds (or less) and still tow two and a half tons.
SVT chose to go a different route with their next pickup, the Raptor, which made us think that the Lightning’s muscle-truck niche in the Ford lineup would be left empty. But, out of the blue, here comes Ford with the new 2014 F-150 Tremor. In homage to America’s newest fighter jet, we’re calling it the F-150 Lightning II.
Like the old Lightning, the Tremor only comes in short-wheelbase, regular-cab form—but where the old super-truck used that supercharged V8, the Tremor packs Ford’s 3.5 liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. With 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft on tap, it’s close to the power output of its predecessor—but with six speeds instead of the old truck’s four, an electronic locking rear diff and a 4.10 rear axle, we bet the F-150 Tremor will outrun the SVT Lightning.
As you’d expect from a sport truck, the F-150 Tremor scores a unique look: flat-black body accents and unique 20-inch wheels, black badges, and unique graphics outside, and black leather seats with red piping and Alcantara inserts, brushed metal trim and a floor shifter inside. We bet you’ll be seeing a lot of this truck on the streets real soon… [Shout-out to Ford!]