If you've got $40,000 laying around, this modern-day take on the Ford SVT Lightning could be yours.
In the late 1990s, Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) lost its mind in the best way possible as it put together a second-generation model of the F-150-based SVT Lightning, dropping a supercharged 5.4L V8 under the hood that pumped out an impressive 360 peak horsepower. That figure is maybe a bit underwhelming by today's standards, but in 1999, that was a phenomenal amount of power for a passenger vehicle.
Unfortunately, the second generation would be the SVT Lightning's last, the Ford F-150 growing too big and heavy to be practically made over into a high-performance street truck. Fans have since pleaded with Ford for a modern-day version of the high-performance pickup, to no avail.
Thankfully, there is an abundance of aftermarket tuning options for the current-gen Ford F-150, and it turns out that all you need for a stupid-potent modern-day take on the Lightning is about $40,000.
Beechmont Ford in Cincinnati, Ohio will happily build you a 725-horsepower Ford F-150 with a Gen 3 Whipple supercharger and rear-wheel drive at a price of just $39,995. The homebrew Lightning is based on an F-150 2WD XL Sport Regular Cab, and all parts, installation, and tuning is included in the advertised price. Beechmont Ford will be happy to use a higher-spec Ford F-150 for the build, if so desired, but it will cost extra.
To be clear, 725 horsepower is more than you'd get with a 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which is kind of nuts.
"What about the warranty?" you might ask. Good question. Ford won't cover powertrain damage resulting from the added components and tuning, but for an extra $795, you can buy 3-year/36,000-mile powertrain coverage from Whipple to protect against any failures that might occur as a result of supercharging the truck's factory 5.0L V8.
Alternatively, for the same $39,995, you can opt for a Roush Performance supercharger with an included 3-year/36,000-mile powertrain warranty. You'll have to live with less power - 640 horsepower with the Roush blower vs. the Whipple's 725 - but Roush has established a well-earned reputation as a trusted name in aftermarket Ford performance parts.
Prices for good used second-generation Ford SVT Lightnings tend to range between around $12,000 to more than $30,000, and that truck makes nowhere near as much power as Beechmont Ford's ridiculously potent 725-horsepower F-150. Given that, plus all the modern tech features common to the current-generation F-150, $39,995 seems like a steal.