The Steeda F-150 Thunder Edition Brings Back Memories of the SVT Lightning
And it does it with 775 horses under the hood!by Alina Moore, on
When we hear the words "high Performance" Ford F-150 we automatically think about the F-150 Raptor. Or, in the near future F-150 Raptor R. But there was a time when the F-150 was offered in a different high-performance guise. It was called SVT Lightning, and it was offered only for two generations, between 1993 and 2004. Now, Ford is using the Lightning nomenclature for the all-electric version of the F-150, so the name can’t be used anymore. That left Steeda with only one option for its take on a high-performance F-150 - name it the F-150 Thunder Editio because, you know, thunder comes after the lightning.
What changes does the Steeda F-150 Thunder Edition bring under the hood?
Why did we mention the old SVT Lightning? That’s simple: because according to Steeda the new Thunder is "a modern reincarnation of the famed Ford F-150 Lightning – on steroids." The new Thunder edition is based on the models powered by the 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote engine, and as standard, it will be offered in a regular cab, short bed form. Steeda is also offering both SuperCab and SuperCrew versions for interested customers. The tuner updated the V-8 with a new Whipple stage 2 superchager, combined with a high-performance ECU calibration and a new exhaust system. As a result, the engine now delivers a total of 775 horsepower and 685 pound-feet of torque.
This represents a very impressive update over the standard 400 horses and 410 pound-feet of twist. But the Steeda version is also a lot more powerful than both the F-150 Raptor, which only delivers 450 horses and 510 pound-feet of torque, and the F-150 Lightning EV, which has an output of 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque - if you opt for the Extended-Range battery. To compare things even more, the old SVT Lightning delivered a total of 240 horsepower during the first generation and up to 380 horsepower in its second generation.
What other updates are offered?
It goes without saying that a more powerful engine requires an updated suspension. Steeda opted for a IHC Performance Suspension System that will bring the truck closer to the ground by three inches in the front and five inches in the back. Updates also include dual adjustable QA1 coilovers, fully adjustable tubular upper control arms, a high-performance bushing kit, a performance leaf spring, a rear shock relocation kit, plus adjustable traction bars. All these changes will help the truck handle better. The truck rides on a new set of 22-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Nitto NT420V high-performance tires.
The tuner is also offering an aero package that adds a new rooftop spoiler, a rear tailgate spoiler, and a hood scoop. There is also a color-match paint package applied to the bumpers, door handles, mirror caps, grille, and fender vents - it will paint all these elements in the same color as the rest of the exterior. Tinted windows and a Steeda Thunder graphics package will amplify the truck’s meaner appearance.
As for the interior, Steeda went with Katzkin custom leather for the entire cabin, with contrasting Steeda embroidery. The last on the list of updates are AlphaRex Black LED projector headlights, a Steeda cowl or ram air hood, BedRug impact bed liner, and a Wilwood big brake kit. Steeda said nothing about the prices just yet, but for sure this package won’t come cheap.