Ford is currently in the midst of expanding its performance car portfolio, introducing products such as the Focus RS, Mustang GT350 and GT350.R and maybe one day, a Fiesta RS. The 2017 F-150 Raptor is also a major part of the Blue Oval’s performance strategy, and if new spy shots are any indication, a successor to the legendary Ford SVT Lightning, or perhaps the F-150 Tremor, could be on the horizon.
The two mules caught testing have the same rear fascia, with cutouts for straight dual exhaust tips. The rear bumper and exhaust setup mimics that of the 2017 Raptor, which could suggest that they’re powered by the the same 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine as the Raptor. To note, one of the test mules doesn’t have the wide-body appearance of the off-road-oriented Raptor, making us believe that it’s more than likely a pre-production Raptor prototype.
Apart from the fact that it may be packing the same engine as the Raptor without the off-road suspension and wide body work, there’s nothing specific to suggest that we are looking at an SVT Lightning mule. The most telling sign that the mule could be for a new high-performance F-150 variant was when spy photographers followed the truck back to Ford’s headquarters and saw it pull into an SVT/Roush workshop, hinting at the presence of some performance parts under its standard F-150 skin.
Check out the spy shots of the Ford F-150 mules in question here and let us know what you think this mule may be in the comments.