As the undisputed
champion in the sport truck segment, the 2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning
ups the ante even further and continues to set the standard in
acceleration, handling and attitude. Its reign as the world’s
fastest factory-produced pickup truck continues.
2003 begin in the suspension. Tweaks to the spring rates, working
in conjunction with Bilstein dampers, raise the SVT Lightning’s
payload rating by 600 lbs. to a total of 1400 lbs. The suspension
system continues to provide excellent handling characteristics
with no detrimental effect on ride.
Also new for
2003 are redesigned 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels. The 18 x 9.5-inch
wheels complete their connection to the road through P295/45ZR-18
Goodyear Eagle F1-GS tires with a unique compound that helps to
maximize grip without sacrificing ride or quiet operation.
As for the
SVT Lightning's interior, it moves upscale with some welcome enhancements.
New features for 2003 are interior door handles finished in brushed
aluminum, a steering wheel with perforated leather and unique
air bag cover, and thicker interior carpeting for improved feel
and wear resistance. A final addition of convenience to the interior
includes a standard 6-disc in-dash AM/FM stereo with improved
the SVT Lightning continues to be provided by a supercharged and
intercooled 5.4-liter Triton SOHC V-8 producing 380 hp and 450
ft.-lbs. of torque. In order to provide stopping power, the SVT
Lightning features 12-inch brake rotors up front and 13-inch rotors
in the rear.
The 2003 SVT
F-150 Lightning will be available in two new exterior colors,
Dark Shadow Grey and Sonic Blue, while Oxford White, Black, and
Bright Red will continue to be offered as well.
Ford SVT vehicles
are sold exclusively through a network of nearly 600 SVT-certified
Ford dealerships throughout North America. Customers can receive
information on SVT and any of its product lines by calling 1-800-FORD-SVT
(800-367-3788) or visiting online at www.svt.ford.com.