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can't read it. Says you have to be registered. Try copy 'n pasting.
 

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http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=101065

"Ford has pulled the plug on the next-generation F-150 Lightning SVT pickup truck, instead putting all SVT's eggs into one basket - the SVT Cobra Mustang, due for 2006.
"It's a business decision," said Alan Hall, SVT spokesman. The official line is that the Lightning has been "postponed," and not killed, but if it is revived, it will be 2008 or later before we see one. SVT has gone from three vehicles in 2004 - the Lightning, the Cobra Mustang and the SVT Focus - to none in 2005.

Ford had already shown a concept version of the next-generation Lightning in 2003. The concept had a supercharged V-8 engine with more than 500 horsepower, in answer to the Dodge Ram SRT-10, which eclipsed the Lightning as the world's fastest production pickup in a test last winter. Ford was eager to regain the crown, but has decided to deed the performance pickup-truck market over to Dodge and its 500-horse SRT-10, and to a lesser extent, Chevrolet, though the heavy all-wheel-drive Silverado SS is not in the same category.

The Lightning debuted in 1993, with a 240-horsepower version of Ford's 5.8-liter V-8. Cobby and not that attractive, it was only a mild success, and was dropped in 1995. The F-150's redesign led to a handsome new Lightning for 1999, featuring a 360-horsepower supercharged 5.4-liter V-8. A handful of 2004 Lightnings, not much changed from that 1999 model except for a horsepower bump to 380, remain on dealer lots. Base price: $33,560.

Apparently, cost played a leading role in the decision, as the expense involved in developing and certifying a proper V8, and massaging the new-for-2004 F-150's chassis, was deemed prohibitive. Also, the next-generation Lightning's fuel mileage would likely continue to detract from Ford's Corporate Average Fuel Economy totals: The current Lightning is rated at 12 mpg city, 16 mpg highway.

Even so, this news will not be popular with Lightning loyalists, such as Mike Philpot of Heathrow, Florida, who paid full sticker price for his Lightning in July, 1999. "My '99 Lightning has been a fantastic vehicle," he says. "It has about 54,000 miles on it, and it runs better than new. Never any problems. I bought an extended warranty from Ford, but I could have saved myself the money. It has it all: good looks, comfort, good handling and, of course, all that incredible power. Hardly a day goes by without at least one positive comment on it from someone.

"Hopefully, Ford will change its mind. If they want to keep the F-150 the most popular truck in the world with all the competition that it has now, they had better continue with their halo vehicle." "
 

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As a previous lightning owner that is a BIG disappointment :( I was REALLY looking forward to the new lightning next year. Well, if nothing else, the good news is , for now I have the "king of trucks" for a long time to come.
 

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It's dissappointing, but on the bright side my 04 Lightning just jumped up in value
 

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Bummer for all the ford dudes who were always saying "wait till the new L comes out in 05"!!!!

I imagine some ford dealers might just use this as an opportunity to cash in on the remaining 04's on their lots......so bc lightning, you may be correct!!! not to shabby for you!!! ;)

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Guess they needed more time to beat the srt-10, hahahahaha. On a serious note, sucks for them. Thought ford listen to the people, guess not. I hope this dosent make dodge decide to stop making the ram srt-10 after 2 or 3 years because of no competition.
 

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BC Lightning said:
It's dissappointing, but on the bright side my 04 Lightning just jumped up in value

Man, your sig make me laugh evertime I read it.. So true....:D
 

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mauiSRT/10 said:
Bummer for all the ford dudes who were always saying "wait till the new L comes out in 05"!!!!
I'm sure most of them were up all night going back through their posts and changing the 5 to an 8. :D
 

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Oh, darn, I guess this news means the demand for the "Worlds Fastest Truck. " will stay up there too!!! Good deal for all the Raminators out there, and it is good to be King, ha.
 

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SugarLandExpress said:
Maybe the GM folks will step up to the plate with a real truck.
It would be nice if they did. People give me crap because I own a Dodge and I'm a GM tech :p I wasn't happy with anything they had available. The only real treat coming from GM is the 06 ZO6. The 05 SSR is supposed to receive a 6.0L and a 6 spd but it still won't have anything special for performance. Now my general manager claims he was at special GM event and they (GM) hinted at something called the Blue Flame claiming +700 hp for 07??
 

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earl lee said:
I hope this dosent make dodge decide to stop making the ram srt-10 after 2 or 3 years because of no competition.
Wouldn't bother me! :D IMO, the less they build the better.
 

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Stingray said:
It would be nice if they did. People give me crap because I own a Dodge and I'm a GM tech :p I wasn't happy with anything they had available. The only real treat coming from GM is the 06 ZO6. The 05 SSR is supposed to receive a 6.0L and a 6 spd but it still won't have anything special for performance. Now my general manager claims he was at special GM event and they (GM) hinted at something called the Blue Flame claiming +700 hp for 07??
I feel you David.I have been GM my whole life.Bought a couple of dozen new GM cars over the years.My dad retired from GM after 30 years too! They have nothing to offer in this catagory .Go DC.! :)



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See I was OK till you said that, and since I will be at HRP Friday and you are here in Houston, you can show me your real truck............Just let me know what time.................... :cool:



SugarLandExpress said:
Maybe the GM folks will step up to the plate with a real truck.
 

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See I was OK till you said that, and since I will be at HRP Friday and you are here in Houston, you can show me your real truck............Just let me know what time.................... :cool:
How were you OK? Did his jab at the SS bother you?:confused:
 

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Man, where is that pic of Toyota's contribution (I like to call it the pink mamba) when you need it.
 

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GM make something compete, HA, I was born Chevy, raised Chevy and for about 19 years only cared about Chevy until I got a Lightning, well sad to say Chevy is too proud with their vettes and probably wont ever come out with a truck to compete

Are they making a 06 Z06, everything I have heard or read makes it sound like there is one, but that they might not sell on, although I have read unofficial numbers of 538 rwhp, that would be sick
 
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