The Top 7 Factory Upgraded Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks
Updated May 21, 2018
There’s nothing like a factory-built hot rod, even when the hot rod is a truck. Here are 7 of the best factory-upgraded F-150 pickups that Ford has built.
This list, of course, doesn’t include the 2017 Ford SVT Raptor, as its not yet on sale to the public. However, once it reaches your local Ford dealer’s showroom, you can bet the new Raptor will be at the top of our list.
7. 2000 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition
In the year 2000 Ford released the first Harley edition of the Ford F-150, most likely the first ever cross-promotion between an iconic motorcycle brand and an iconic truck model. In 2002 the supercharged motor of the SVT Lightning was added to the package, putting a little more performance under the hood. It’s been an ongoing experiment for both brands, for example Ford attempting to bring the look and feel of Harley rider apparel into the truck. This truck is on this list not because of neck-snapping performance, but rather how the F-150 led the market in thinking outside the box, with a partnership that lasted 12 years – an eternity in the world of marketing.
6. 1998 Ford F-150 NASCAR
There were just 3,000 versions of this Ford F-150 were produced in 1998, as a celebration of two distinctly, but intertwined, American traditions. Both the Ford F-Series and NASCAR turned 50 that year, making it a match made in heaven. Not as much go as show versus the previous models on this list, this selection is more one of historical and emotional significance. Outfitted with NASCAR-based graphics, a mesh grille insert, and a 4.6-liter Triton V8 with (much too low) 220 horsepower made the model particularly special.
5. 2008 F-150 Foose Edition
Surprising that the first production vehicle from designer Chip Foose, who made a name for himself in designing and building hot rods, would be a brand-new pickup truck. Foose teamed with Ford to develop the F-150 Foose Edition. Performance comes via a 450 hp 5.4 L supercharged and intercooled V8. Foose, of course, designed the body kit with the goal of making the truck look lower, without actually lowering it.
4. 2014 Ford Tremor
The Ford F-150 Tremor sport truck wasn’t intended to be but ended up being a one year model in 2014. The regular cab Tremor is based on the FX Appearance Package with the 365 hp 3.5 L EcoBoost engine and a 4.10 rear axle. The interior uses a console-mounted shifter, custom bucket seats and a flow-through center console unique to the Tremor. The Tremor was available in both 4×2 and 4×4, with an electronic locking rear differential. Slow sales killed the Tremor, and pundits believe the era of the sport truck is over, as least as street machine.
3. 2010 Ford SVT Raptor
Whereas the previous truck were special editions from outside builders, the SVT Raptor was 100% Ford designed, developed, and manufactured. It was powered by a 5.4 L 310 hp engine, with a 6.2 L 411 hp option. True to its off-roading intentions, the Raptor is fitted with Fox Racing Shox internal bypass shocks (with external reservoirs) which provides for 11″ of suspension travel at the front, and 12″ in the rear. It also comes standard with 35″ BFGoodrich All Terrain tires, and a rear locking differential with a 4.10:1 ratio.
2. 1999 Ford SVT Lightning
In 1999 the world had been without an SVT Lightning for four years, and Ford enthusiasts were eager to get their hands on a new model. Powered by a supercharged and intercooled SOHC 16-valve 5.4 L V8, it could roar to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds but have the capabilities to tow a 5000 pound trailer and carry 800 pounds of stuff.
1. 1993 Ford SVT Lightning
Where it all started: For 1993 Ford SVT engineers started with a basic F-150 XLT shortbed. They then built a special engine for it: A 5.8 L V-8 fitted with a set of GT-40 aluminum cylinder heads, matched to an aggressive cam profile to take advantage of the increased valve and port sizes. Airflow was optimized through a tuned aluminum intake manifold, larger-than-stock throttle body, tubular headers, and dual exhaust system. The engine computer was reprogrammed to take advantage of these modifications, providing crisp throttle response without affecting emissions. And it produced what at the time time seemed astounding, but now seems mundane, 240 hp. The standard 3.5 L V6 in a 2016 F-150 produces 283 hp, but that’s not the point. The runaway success of the Ford F-150 Lightening provides to Ford and the other automakers that car buyers were still very much interested in performance.
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