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General Information
Vehicle Type: 2-door truck, production car
Price: $41,300 (2001)
Miles Per Gallon: 13/17 mpg
Drivetrain
Configuration Front Engine/RWD
Engine: Supercharged V8
Displacement: 5409 cc
Horsepower: 380 bhp @ 4750 rpm
Torque: 450 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm
Max RPM: 5250 rpm
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Dimensions
Weight: 4674 lbs
Height: --.- in
Length: ---.- in
Width: --.- in
Wheelbase: --.- in
Track: f: --.- / r: --.- in
Performance
0-60 mph: 5.2 sec
0-100 mph: 13.6 sec
Quarter Mile: 13.7 sec @ 101 mph
Top Speed: 146 mph
Lateral Acceleration: .88g
Braking, 60-0 mph: 131 ft
Slalom Speed: --.- mph
Nürburgring Lap Time: --.- minutes
More horsepower, new rear-axle gearing, suspension fine-tuning and several distinctive exterior appearance changes, elevated the 2001 SVT (Special Vehicle Team) F-150 Lightning to an even higher level of performance.

"The 2001 SVT Lightning gives owners everything they have learned to love, but more of it," says Al McCormick, Ford of Canada's SVT brand manager. "It's the most powerful, best-handling one yet produced, and some dramatic design changes make this 2001 model instantly recognizable."

Designed and engineered for discriminating enthusiasts who know what they want and expect, Lightning is a performance truck that hit a market niche bull"s-eye. Lightning is manufactured at Ford of Canada's Ontario Truck Plant in Oakville.

Engine and drivetrain

For 2001, the SVT Lightning's SOHC 5.4-litre supercharged Triton™ V8 engine develops 380 horsepower at 4,750 rpm, up 20 horsepower from the 2000 model. Torque output is increased by 10 pounds-feet, to 450 at 3,250 rpm.

The engineering team achieved these increases by enlarging the air inlet system for better engine breathing, improving intercooler efficiency and redesigning the lower intake manifold to improve air flow.

Engineers achieved additional performance increases with a new rear axle ratio, with "shorter" 3.73:1 crown and pinion gear set instead of the previous 3.55:1 ratio. Because of the higher driveline loads and rotational speeds, a new 4.5-inch aluminum drive shaft has replaced the previous 3.5-inch steel unit.

Suspension and Chassis

The SVT Lightning's suspension system, which lowers the truck half an inch in front and two inches in the rear, is largely unchanged for 2001. At the front is a short- and long-arm system with coil springs and a 31mm solid stabilizer bar. The rear is a solid axle with five-leaf springs and a 23mm solid stabilizer bar.

New shock absorbers for 2001 are monotube Bilstein gas-charged units at all four corners. The damping characteristics of these shocks improve wheel control, while significantly improving the feel of the SVT Lightning's ride.

Also for 2001, the specially developed 295/45ZR-18 Goodyear™ Eagle F1-GS™ unidirectional tires are built with the next generation F1 GS rubber compound. This new compound improves the tires" grip capability.

Exterior and Interior

The SVT F-150 Lightning is built on the F-Series regular cab, giving the lightest possible weight, optimum handling and acceleration. This configuration also provides a dynamic visual presence, which is enhanced with design changes for 2001.

Exterior elements that distinguish the 2001 SVT Lightning include new upper and lower front grilles with a horizontal billet-bar design that is unique to Lightning. All the lights also are new for 2001. The headlights, taillights, side-marker lights, and the signature round fog lights all have clear, crystalline lenses found only on Lightning, which give the exterior a clean, jewel-like appearance.

The cab's centre high-mounted stop lamp also is unique to Lightning, with 10 light-emitting diodes flanked by two clear-lens cargo lights.

The cast aluminum-alloy, five-spoke wheels measure 18 x 9.5 inches and are restyled for 2001 with a sharper-edged design, which further distinguishes this vehicle from previous models.

The 2001 SVT Lightning's interior continues the combination of Ebony textured leather and Medium Graphite cloth trim, 40/60 split bench seat with centre jump seat, and the SVT-signature white-faced gauges.

New for 2001, and in response to customer demand, are sun visors with lighted vanity mirrors. These new visors also have auxiliary blades that can be flipped to the side to add shade to the top of the side windows.

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Image Credits: Ford
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