General Motors is the reason Ford got into the muscle truck business in 1993. Ford’s crosstown rival lit up magazine covers with Chevy’s 1990 454SS and then the all-wheel-drive GMC Syclone a year later. Car and Driver even pitted a Syclone against a Ferrari 348ts, and the contest didn’t end well for Enzo. Ford’s corporate ego could only take so much.
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If I read this correctly, the GMC Syclone put the Ferrari 348ts to shame. Yet, the Ford F150 SVT matched the GMC Syclone in acceleration which was 0-60 in 7.2 seconds. Does that mean the Ferrari was slower than 7.2 seconds in the 0-60?
The Ford was a "truck", capable of hauling a 5,000 lb trailer (midsize truck capacity now, but was about right in '93). But it did not run with the Syclone in a drag race (mid 4's to 60 if I remember correctly). However, the Syclone trailer towing was listed as "not recommended for towing" and only had a 500lb payload capacity (I think the Ford was 1,200).
The Lightning was a truck that went fast. The Syclone was a Buick Grand National with a truck body (well it had a 4.3L to the Buick's 3.8). In the early 90's 7.2 sec to 60 was quick for a truck, but about a second off Mustang and Camaro times. But the Syclone and it's cousin the Typhon was wickedly fast through the quarter (just don't ask them to turn fast).
We own one of each color First Generation Lightning sport truck, and have found them to be a very reliable vehicle with very little in the way of problems. Everyone who see's them is impressed with their look and performance sound. Other than the exclusive seats, engine installation, spoiler and fog lights the F150 XLT versions have all the replacement parts that you'll need if something should arise. Maybe Hallmark should produce an ornament celebrating the sport trucks.