The American car tuning specialist ROUSH Performance has unveiled its new 2007 ROUSH Nitemare Ford F-150 limited edition pickup truck. Although most people use pickups primarily as beasts of burden, there is a healthy bunch of people eager to shell out thousands of dollars in order to get a warmed-up version of their favorite truck that could easily rival a sporty SUV the kind of Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti FX45.
Based on the highly successful Ford F-150 mid-size pickup truck, the hauler’s production will be limited to only 100 supercharged units.
There is hardly anything more impractical than a souped-up pickup truck. With all those bangs and whistles installed, a dull truck, which is supposed to haul and tow thousands lbs of different sorts of cargo, looks more like a supercharged Mustang that happened to get a separate cargo bed.
Whatever. The Ford F-150’s original 5.4-liter engine, Ford Motor Corp. says in its press release, is equipped with the ROUSHcharger, as well as custom manifolds, intercooler, radiator, and air induction system and delivers up to 445 hp of power output and about 500 lb-ft of torque.
To make the pickup more stable on the road, ROUSH’s engineers have also lowered its center of gravity by two and three inches in the front and the rear respectively. Besides the new suspension, there is also a new set of ROUSH-branded front coil springs, rear leaf springs, front sway bar and specially-valved shocks.
Inside, the trucks will feature new leather seats and instrument cluster, as well as new floor mats, a black dash trim kit, and ROUSH billet aluminum pedals.
The 2007 Roush Nitemare Ford F-150 may be ordered with optional rear wing, hood scoop, locking lug nuts and GPS system.
It will cost about $41,750 and will be available nationwide by June.
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