It has been a while since Ford actively pursued the on-road sport truck
market, but the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor, which was unveiled this morning
at a press conference in Dearborn, Michigan, seeks to change that.
Don’t think the Tremor’s EcoBoost can hold a candle to the legendary
SVT Lightnings? Think again. The original ’93-’95 model delivered 240 hp
at 4200 rpm, along with 340 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. The
second-generation F-150 SVT Lightning produced 360 hp at 4750 rpm and
440 lb-ft of torque @ 3000 rpm when it debuted in 1999, but saw output
was increased to 380 hp and 450 lb-ft from 2001 until 2004. The 2014
F-150 Tremor should eclipse both trucks in terms of fuel economy,
however – even with the 4:10 rear axle, Ford expects the Tremor to
return 16 mpg on the EPA’s city test cycle, and 22 mpg on the highway.
Unlike the SVT-fettled Lightnings, which incorporated a number of
chassis and suspension modifications, the 2014 F-150 Tremor is
mechanically identical to a stock 2014 Ford F-150. Most Tremor revisions
are cosmetic, and based on those applied to the FX2 trim level, which –
like the EcoBoost V-6 itself
— isn’t normally offered on regular-cab F-150s. Flat black 20-inch
wheels, black exterior badging with red lettering, and black tubular
running boards are all cribbed from the FX2’s FX Appearance Package, and
are standard equipment on the 2014 F-150 Tremor. The black hockey stick
bodyside stripes are also similar to those included in the FX
Appearance package, but sport a pattern unique to the Tremor.
Inside, the 2014 F-150 Tremor raids the FX Appearance Package parts
bin again, using the same flow-through center console, black leather
bucket seats with red accent piping, metal dash accents, and same red-stitched steering wheel. MyFord Touch is also included as standard equipment.
Predictably, Ford hasn’t announced any pricing information for the
2014 F-150 Tremor. We wouldn’t be surprised if it comes in just below a
2013 FX2 Supercab with the EcoBoost V-6, which starts at $38,005. Expect
finalized figures to emerge shortly, as Ford says the 2014 F-150 Tremor
should be on sale by this fall.