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Ford preparing F-150 Lighting successor?by Ronan Glon
The Lightning successor will likely be powered by a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine.
A new report finds Ford is preparing to introduce a successor to the mighty F-150 SVT Lightning (pictured) that was phased out over a decade ago.
The hot-rodded F-150 will need to pack a powerful punch in order to out-perform its predecessor, which was capable of reaching 60 mph from a stop in just 5.2 seconds. To achieve that, the aluminum-bodied truck will most likely be powered by a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine and it will go on a serious diet.
An automatic transmission will send the V6's power to the rear wheels. The truck will be fitted with bigger brakes all around and it will ride a lot lower than a stock F-150 thanks to a model-specific suspension setup.
What the pickup will be called is up in the air. It could resurrect the Lightning moniker or it could be dubbed EcoBeast, a nameplate mysteriously by Ford late last year.
The Blue Oval has not commented on the . If it turns out to be true, Ford's next F-150 on steroids will likely be introduced at a major auto show either late this year or early next year, and it will go on sale as either a 2017 or a 2018 model.