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Ford's SVT celebrates 20 years of Blue Oval performance

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Today marks twenty years since Ford first announced its Special Vehicle Team, most famously known as SVT. With performance mastermind John Colleti at the helm, SVT produced some legendary cars during its first 10 years, beginning with the 1993 SVT Cobra (and its even more hardcore sibling the SVT Cobra R) as well as the 2003 F-150 SVT Lightning. Since then we've had numerous updates to each, most notably the the SVT Cobra of 2003-2004 lovingly referred to by Mustang fans as the "Terminator," plus new models like the SVT Contour and the SVT Focus built from 2002-2004.

Today SVT is alive and well with the lineup consisting of the Shelby GT500 and F-150 SVT Raptor, and we're guessing that back in 1993 no one could have imagined just how far the brand has come. A 650 horsepower Mustang capable of 200 mph or a Ford F-150 capable of running the Baja 1000 in nearly stock form would have seemed insane at the time. And it still does today.

Have a look at some of the vehicles produced by SVT over the past 20 years in the gallery above, and let us know what you think might come from Ford's performance division in the next 20 years in the comments section below.Ford's SVT celebrates 20 years of Blue Oval performance originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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I love the 99-04 svt lightnings the best, not a huge fan of the raptors.

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In my eyes SVT died with the SN95. The "Shelby" is far more of a midlife crisismobile than a genuine advancement over the GT like the termis were and they were reasonably priced to boot. The Raptor is just an utterly pointless vehicle. The Lightnings may have been useless as trucks but at least their performance features were useable every day, I don't see many raptor owners jumping dunes just for kicks during a commute but I bet every Lightning owner had some fun at a stoplight immediately following their purchase. .

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In my eyes SVT died with the SN95. The "Shelby" is far more of a midlife crisismobile than a genuine advancement over the GT like the termis were and they were reasonably priced to boot. The Raptor is just an utterly pointless vehicle. The Lightnings may have been useless as trucks but at least their performance features were useable every day, I don't see many raptor owners jumping dunes just for kicks during a commute but I bet every Lightning owner had some fun at a stoplight immediately following their purchase. .
My gf's step dad bought his Raptor to tow stuff. I convinced him to put his foot in it. He liked it a lot. He babys the crap out of that truck. I keep telling him, it's a high performance sports truck. It was made for a redneck with a heavy right foot.

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In my eyes SVT died with the SN95. The "Shelby" is far more of a midlife crisismobile than a genuine advancement over the GT like the termis were and they were reasonably priced to boot. The Raptor is just an utterly pointless vehicle. The Lightnings may have been useless as trucks but at least their performance features were useable every day, I don't see many raptor owners jumping dunes just for kicks during a commute but I bet every Lightning owner had some fun at a stoplight immediately following their purchase. .
I for one would like to add dunes to my morning commute, but most people call them hondas.

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