Ford since then has teased a third generation Lightning concept but nothing came of it. With the F150 going to an aluminum frame for the 2015 model year now is the perfect time to bring the Lightning back. The new F150 is expected to drop an astounding 700 pounds. If that does not sound like a perfect chassis for a sport truck what exactly is?
The engine that would go under the hood already exists in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The 5.8 liter supercharged V8 has 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. That is more than enough to move a much leaner F150.
There really is no sport truck on the market with Chevrolet not producing a Silverado SS, Ford not producing the Lightning, and Dodge likely never repeating the Ram SRT10 experiment especially with the Viper not selling.
The market is wide open and the chassis, drivetrain, and transmissions to support such a vehicle Ford already has. Come on, put it all together Ford. Blow everyone out of the water just like the SVT Lightning did back in 1999. There's nobody to be scared of.