Many Ford fans are dreaming about the performance truck. Well, there is F-150 Raptor. But, this is a more off-road oriented pickup. What they really want is a comeback of the 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning. Never mind, this is only what fans would like to see. On the other hand, with rumors about Chevy Silverado 1500 ZR2 and Ram Rebel TRX Hellcat being louder and louder, Ford will have to consider the return of F-150 based performance pickup. Why? Because both of the above mentioned competitors will deliver more than 650 horsepower. Raptor can do only 450.
The 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning might not sell as many would expect. This is going to be a high-end version with numerous upgrades, as it was late in the 90s and early in 2000s. It will cost very expensive. Also, not too many truckers want so much power, since the Lightning version of the F-150 will probably go after Silverado ZR2’s 650 hp or even Ram Hellcat’s 707 hp.
2020 Ford F-150 Lightning Possible Engine
There is a custom version of the Lightning truck made by hard-core fans. While they are waiting for the official model, they built a 650 hp rated pickup. With such output, it is able to stand against main rivals. But, the tuning is not officially supported by the company. However, until we see the 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning, this one will serve as one of the possibilities.
Under the bonnet of this custom truck is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine. This unit is already available for the F-150, so its further tuning is possible. But, this time, with company’s chargers and upgrades.
Could This Truck Use a new 7.0-liter DOHC Powertrain?
Yup, this is another rumor related to Ford’s engineering. A 7.0-liter petrol unit will improve the fuel economy and it is about to get a direct injection system. Torque-On-Demand system and a 10-speed automatic transmission are going to be standard for all drivetrains that include a 7.0-liter unit. Well, we still don’t know the exact outputs of this new petrol unit. But, the good thing is that Ford confirmed the development. Also, the latest stories are saying that engine will be built at Windsor plants in Ohio.
Definitely, the new 7.0-liter engine will improve the stats of the 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning. But, can it make enough power? If not, what are the other solutions? If the Chevy could use its Camaro’s drivetrain for a ZR2 Silverado truck, Ford could turn to its legendary pony car. The most powerful unit in current Mustang lineup is a 52-liter V8 that bursts 525 lb-ft of torque. What’s more, some tuning could easily make this model a 600+ hp engine. That becomes a real deal for the 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning.
Also, the new 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning could be based on a hybrid platform. The truck will get such version sooner or later. Lightning could be one of the first models to test the performance of the hybrid system. However, these kinds of vehicles always need more power, more torque, more energy. So, the new system is not going to be the same as the one that powers the standard F-150.
2020 Ford F-150 Lightning Upgrades – Suspensions, Lift Kit, Brakes
To be complete, the 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning will need more than just a powerful engine. The truck must get strong support from the other parts of the drive system. That includes suspension and brakes, at first place. For 600 hp, and more, these parts have to be durable, and as powerful as the engine is. We know that ride will definitely be lower, and wheels bigger.
With less space under the body, the 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning is not going to be capable of an off-road drive. But on asphalt, less ground clearance will boost stability and handling. That is exactly what the Lightning needs. This is why its predecessor was so popular.
To make all this even more appealing, the 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning will get special body colors and graphics to show this is a special version. Also, bigger wheels, new bumpers, and grille, with probably FORD badge instead of a blue oval, will complete the distinctive look.
Interior will also get significant upgrades, with more sportier details, and seats at first place. Paddle shifters, infotainment screen, smartphone connectivity, and many more options are in the mix for the 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning.
2020 Ford F-150 Lightning Price
All upgrades will make the 2020 Ford F-150 Lightning cost a lot more than the standard truck. But, could it be more expensive than Raptor? With a new engine and all upgrades, probably. The custom-made pickup we mentioned previously costs $50,000. But, these are only upgrades to the existing model. The official Lightning truck will cost at least $60,000. If the performance-oriented pickup is going to get a hybrid drivetrain, the price will go even higher.