June 18, 2002

2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning has bigger payload

Detroit, Michigan – Ford announced that its high-performance F-150 pickup truck, the 2003 SVT F-150 Lightning, will have a bigger payload rating, new alloy wheels, a more upscale interior, a standard 6 disc in-dash CD player, and two new exterior colours for the 2003 model year.

Tweaks to the spring rates, working in conjunction with Bilstein shocks, raise the SVT Lightning’s payload rating by 600 lbs. to a total of 1400 lbs. Also new for 2003 are redesigned 5-spoke cast-aluminum 18 x 9.5-inch wheels.

The SVT Lightning’s interior moves upscale with interior door handles finished in brushed aluminum, a steering wheel with perforated leather and unique air bag cover, and thicker interior carpeting for improved feel and wear resistance. A final addition is a standard 6-disc in-dash AM/FM/CD stereo with improved equalization.

Power for the SVT Lightning continues to be provided by a supercharged and intercooled 5.4-liter Triton SOHC V-8 producing 380 hp and 450 ft.-lbs. of torque. The SVT Lightning’s brakes are 12-inch brake rotors up front and 13-inch rotors in the rear.

The 2003 SVT F-150 Lightning will be available in two new exterior colours, Dark Shadow Grey and Sonic Blue, while Oxford White, Black, and Bright Red will continue to be offered as well.

Ford SVT vehicles are sold exclusively through a network of nearly 600 SVT-certified Ford dealerships throughout North America. More information can be found at www.svt.ford.com.

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