Ford F-150 Tremor Aims to Bring Back Sport Truck Cred

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2014 Ford F-150 Tremor Press Reveal

The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor aims to inject some sport truck cred back into the F-150 lineup. This is probably the sportiest F-150 we’ve seen since the much-ballyhooed F-150 Lightning of years gone by. (Photo courtesy Ford Motor Company.)

Ford unveiled its F-150 Tremor this week, a truck aimed squarely at the once-popular sport truck segment and the brand’s first sport truck to feature an EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine.

According to the press release from Ford, the short-wheelbase, regular cab F-150 Tremor will go on sale this fall and will “[address] the needs of street truck enthusiasts looking for high-performance V8 power with V6 fuel economy.”

The Tremor option package combines the F-150’s FX Appearance Package with the EcoBoost V6 engine and an electronic locking rear axle with a 4.10 ratio– the shortest, most takeoff-friendly ratio available with any EcoBoost-equipped ‘Fiddy. Inside, it’s the only regular cab F-150 to offer a full, permanent center console and bucket seats, which are trimmed in black leather with Alcantara inserts and red stitching. In case you’ve been living under a rock or just never cared about pickup trucks until now, here are the vital points on the EcoBoost V6 engine courtesy of the release:

  • 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
  • 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm
  • Twin independent variable camshaft timing for improved performance and fuel economy
  • Up to 90 percent peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm

We’re sure this truck is aimed squarely at another sporty, regular cab, short-wheelbase truck– *ahem* Ram 1500 Express *ahem*– and if that be the case, it does offer a compelling option to shoppers out to buy a musclebound, ridiculously quick full-size pickup truck. The EcoBoost engine is smaller and slightly less powerful, yet also easier on fuel than the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 in that other truck, which returns only 20 MPG on the highway.

With that said, the irony is not lost on this Ford Ranger owner that after the small truck’s first full year off the market in North America, Ford scavenged the Tremor name from a popular Ranger option package from the past. That Ranger featured a pretty killer sound system for its day– Pioneer branded speakers with a factory subwoofer placed in the SuperCab area behind the driver and front passenger seats pumped out a respectable 485 watts of thumping sound. It didn’t hurt that this top-of-the-range sound system was crammed into the dash and door panels of one of the best-looking, sportiest-handling Rangers built, the final generation Ranger Edge. Properly equipped with a torque-rich– albeit fuel-thirsty– 4.0 liter V6, this was a little truck that could really scoot down the road while blowing out the windows of those foolish enough to pull up next to you at a traffic light.

That said, it does kind of bother me to see the Tremor name used on an F-150. It almost feels as if Ford is reminding us Ranger loyalists that there’s no hope for a new Ranger in our future. Bittersweet, then, that we hear news like this from the Black Book publishers about how well smaller trucks are holding their value on the used market due to demand and constrained supply.

Don’t get me wrong, the F-150 Tremor looks like it would be a lot of fun with reasonable low-20s highway MPGs, but I can’t help it. I desire a modern-day Ranger Tremor with all the infotainment goodies Ford is putting on the F-150 Tremor, including MyFord Touch and SYNC.

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