2018 Ford F-150 Lightning - Wild High-Performance Pickup Truck

Ford first launched the Lightning brand back in 1993, as something just that little extra – mainly performance related – it was part of the SVT sport line up after all! They used it again in the early 2000’s, but it was last used on a production model in 2004, and has lain redundant ever since.

However, Ford have recently announced that they will be reintroducing the brand on the 2018 F-150 pickup and the pickup truck fans are wild for it – what can be better than their favorite pickup but with added juice?

Ford have released very little information about the 2018 F-150 Lightning, but there is plenty of speculation and rumor surrounding it, so we’ve brought together what seems to be the most likeliest of those rumors.

2018 Ford F-150 Lightning Release date

It’s expected that Ford will release the 2018 Ford F-150 Lightning in the late part of 2017, probably in the fourth quarter. Given that we haven’t seen any spy shots or have any confirmed specifications yet, we don’t think that Ford are too far in to the production process, so it definitely won’t be sooner (one rumor even suggests halfway through 2018!).

2018 Ford F-150 Lightning Price

We can usually get an understanding of pricing, even without any confirmed prices from the manufacturer, however, in the case of a new model, it becomes extremely difficult to predict prices. All we really know is that the current F-150 can be had for around $28,000, of course picking a few options or trim levels up will see that well in to the high $40’s.

2018 Ford F-150 Lightning Redesign and Changes

We think the Lightning will be available in the regular cab / short bed configuration; the idea for the truck is to have performance, why then add a load of extra weight by bolting on a Super Cab or long bed? Whatever the configuration, it will be made from lightweight construction – mainly all aluminum. Some say that this set up could be as much as 500 lb lighter than the last Lightnings to leave the production line back in ’04.

2018 Ford F-150 Lightning Specs

We think that Ford will run with the 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost motor that will be fitted in the Raptor also. Not only will this be super smooth, but it has enough punch to deliver around 450 BHP which should make the Lightning enjoyable to drive. Power will be sent to the wheels via a brand new 10-speed auto transmission.

2016-12-26 by Luke Widmeyer