While an all-new Ford F-150 was introduced for 2004, demand for the previous generation model remained strong. Classified as the F-150 Heritage model, the brief continuation of the platform dating back to 1997 was presented in three distinctive body configurations. Buyers could choose the regular cab, Supercab or the Lightning version of the Ford pickup truck. The Regular cab and Supercab models were available with rear-wheel or four-wheel drivetrains while the F-150 Heritage Lightning only arrived as rear-wheel drive only.
Powerplant choices for the regular cab and Supercab versions of the Ford F-150 Heritage came equipped with either a 4.2-liter V-6, 4.6-liter Triton V-8 or a 5.4-liter Triton V-8. Those powerplants are paired with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes, dual front airbags and power steering were basic features included standard on the 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage models.
Developed by Ford’s SVT (Special Vehicles Team) 2004 model year Lightning models of the Ford F-150 Heritage were powered by a version of the 5.4-liter Triton engine fitted with an Eaton supercharger. Producing 380 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, 0 to 60-mile per hour acceleration times for the 2004 F-150 Lightning Heritage is record in the low five-second range. Limited-slip differential, heavy-duty battery and unique bodywork was also included on the Ford f-150 Heritage Lightning. The Ford F-150 Heritage line was on sale for only the 2004 model year.