2001 Ford Lightning Specifications

The Ford Special Vehicle Team's 2001 edition of the SVT F-150 Lightning elevates this niche vehicle to a higher level of performance and appearance. More horsepower, new rear-axle gearing, suspension fine-tuning and several distinctive exterior appearance changes make this SVT Lightning the most appealing ever, according to John Coletti, chief engineer at Ford Special Vehicle Engineering.

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

"This is a performance truck that hit its market niche target right in the bull's-eye," says Tom Scarpello, Ford specialty vehicle marketing manager. "We design and engineer these vehicles for discriminating enthusiasts who know what they want and expect. Our plan is to keep meeting or exceeding their expectations, and this vehicle will just keep getting better and better. That's the way it has to be, particularly for this customer."

Engine and Drivetrain

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

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

The 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. This improves off-the-line performance, and is a key factor in reducing zero to 60 mph time from 6.2 to 5.8 seconds. 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, short-wheelbase chassis, 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 in the F-Series line. 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 center 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 center 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.

Equipment and Price

The SVT Lightning's complement of standard equipment remains the same for 2001, and includes front air bags with a passenger airbag deactivation switch; anti-lock braking system; six-way power driver's seat with special lateral bolstering; a six-disc CD changer; power side windows, door locks and outside mirrors; engine oil cooler; SecuriLock� passive anti-theft system and remote keyless entry, and a Class III towing package.

The only option available for the SVT Lightning is a factory-installed soft tonneau cover.

Official Specifications

Engine & Transmission Body / Chassis
Configuration Longitudinally mounted, single overhead cam, 90-degree TritonV-8, supercharged/intercooled, cast iron block, aluminum-alloy heads, forged steel crankshaft Weight 2118 kg / 4669 lbs
Valvetrain Single overhead camshafts, chain drive, roller finger followers with hydraulic lash adjustment, beehive valve springs, two valves per cylinder Length 5283 mm / 208.0 in
Displacement 5410 cc / 330.1 cu in Width 2009 mm / 79.1in
Power 283.4 kw / 380.0 bhp @ 4750 rpm Height 1801 mm / 70.9 in
Torque 610.12 nm / 450.0 ft lbs @ 3250 rpm Wheelbase 3043 mm / 119.8 in
Bhp / Liter 70.24 bhp per litre Front Track 1658.62 mm / 65.3 in
Bore 88.9 mm / 3.5 in Rear Track 1658.62 mm / 65.3 in
Stroke 106.68 mm / 4.2 in Steering Recirculating ball, power assist
Redline 5250 Body / Frame steel body is set on a steel tubular frame
Transmission Type Four-speed automatic (4R100) Front Brakes vented disc, twin-piston caliper
1st Gear Ratio 2.71:1 Front Brake Size 307.3 mm / 12.1 in
2nd Gear Ratio 1.53:1 Rear Brakes vented disc, twin-piston caliper
3rd Gear Ratio 1.00:1 Rear Brake Size 332.7 mm / 13.1 in
4th Gear Ratio .71:1 Front Wheels 46 x 24 cm / 18.1 x 9.4 in
Final Drive Ratio 3.73:1 Rear Wheels 46 x 24 cm / 18.1 x 9.4 in
    Front Tires Goodyear Eagle F1-GS 295/45ZR-18
    Rear Tires Goodyear Eagle F1-GS 295/45ZR-18
 Performance
Top Speed 228 kph / 142.0 mph 0 - 60 mph 5.8sec
0 - quarter mile 13.9 @ 100 0 - 100 - 0mph 22.0sec
Lateral Acceleration .85 G EPA City/Hwy 13 \ 17 MPG