2014 Ford F-150 Tremor: Ford’s First EcoBoost Sport Truck Is Cool But Not Earth-Shaking

It’s been a while since Ford last debuted an on-road high-performance truck.  There have been off-road high-performance pick-ups galore in the many variations of the F-150 Raptor.  But, the last street-focused über (ish) truck from Ford was the F-150 SVT Lightning from 1993 to 1995 and its reincarnation from 1999 to 2004.  Well, now we have the EcoBoost-powered 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor, and the Blue Oval guys want us to think of it as a baby Ford Lightning.

There is one key difference between the F-150 Tremor and the F-150 Lightnings of old.  Where the Lightnings had a big V8 heart and a suspension and chassis full of SVT fettle-ings, the Ford F-150 Tremor has a V6 Ford EcoBoost that is basically off-the-shelf and a chassis and suspension that is a mechanical twin to the stock F-150.  Granted, that V6 EcoBoost does produce 365 horses at 5,000 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at a low 2,500 rpm, all delivered through a six-speed automatic.

That’s not too bad, especially since Ford claims that 90 percent of those 420 torques is available between 1,700 rpm and 5,000 rpm.  Basically, what you have with the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is all torque all the time.  Bolt on the locking rear differential and a 4.10 rear-end and you’ll be able to put down elevens all day long.  That sounds like fun.  On the responsible side of things, Ford expects the F-150 Tremor to go 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Inside, it’s all Ford parts-bin.  The F-150 Tremor’s bucket seats with red accents, metal dash inserts, red stitching and center console all come from the F-150’s FX Appearance Package.  I can’t blame them, the look fits the truck.  The F-150 Tremor is essentially a regular-cab FX fully evolved.

Outside, it’s the same deal.  All the go-fast looking bits on the F-150 Tremor as purely cosmetic.  It gets 20 inch flat black wheels, black and red exterior badging, black exterior running boards and black decals.  Black and red are the colors of the day, in case you haven’t noticed.  It’s not a bad looking truck, but I still prefer the Raptor.

No word yet on pricing, but expect the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor to come in at around $35,000.  We’ll get more details from the folks at Ford closer to the autumn release.  Until then, take a look at the gallery, peruse the press release and surf eBay Motors for a used 2004 Ford SVT Lightning or (my personal favorite) a 2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10.

Press Release

Ford F-150 Tremor Press Release

  • 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor comes standard with the company’s powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, offering V8 performance, V6 fuel economy and a launch-optimized 4.10 rear axle with electronic locking differential
  • Short-wheelbase, regular-cab Tremor offers stylish FX Appearance Package and functional features that include a floor shifter, class-exclusive HID headlamps and standard SYNC® with MyFord Touch® connectivity system
  • All-new truck’s distinctive looks are complemented by unique boxside Tremor graphics and custom-inspired interior
DEARBORN, Mich., June 27, 2013 – The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is the first-ever EcoBoost®-powered sport truck that addresses the needs of street truck enthusiasts looking for high-performance V8 power with V6 fuel economy.
The short-wheelbase, regular-cab Tremor goes on sale this fall delivering distinctive looks and performance. The all-new truck couples the style of the FX Appearance Package with an EcoBoost engine and a launch-optimized 4.10 rear axle – the shortest final drive ratio offered in an EcoBoost F-150 – helping provide customers with fast acceleration.
Tremor signals its sport truck capabilities with a custom-inspired FX Appearance Package featuring stealthy, flat-black accents that include unique 20-inch flat-black wheels, stylized bodyside graphics and black badges with red lettering.
Tremor is the only regular-cab F-150 offering a flow-through center console and bucket seats. Interior touches include black leather seating surfaces with red piping, brushed-metal accents and a red-stitched steering wheel. Alcantara seat inserts add texture and style as well.
“The new Tremor gives F-150 customers yet another option to drive a highly capable, distinctive performance truck with features typically found only in the aftermarket,” said Brian Bell, F-150 product marketing manager. “Plus, the Built Ford Tough EcoBoost engine is available for the first time in a short-wheelbase F-150.”
F-150 Tremor is powered exclusively by Ford’s groundbreaking 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which features:
  • 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
An electronic locking rear differential that’s standard for both two- and four-wheel-drive versions helps deliver the power to the pavement by improving traction during takeoff.
Connectivity comes standard on F-150 Tremor with MyFord Touch® powered by SYNC®. Designers have optimized the physical interface for MyFord Touch to accommodate truck users who may be wearing work gloves by providing easy access to climate controls and audio presets on the center stack.

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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