New 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor Shakes Up Sport Truck Market With EcoBoost V-6
For some, the idea of a "sport truck" is as oxymoronic as "clean dirt," or the ever-popular "Microsoft Works." But the reality is that trucks are subject to the "how fast can it go" mantra that permeates gearhead enthusiasts. Ford, in its never-ending quest to offer a truck to every person for every reason, has re-entered the sport truck fray with the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor.This isn't the first sport truck version of the F-150, of course, but it is the first to come with a V-6 engine. The 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine that has been so popular in the new F-150 powers the Tremor, boosting it from a standstill to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds, according to Ford. That's pretty quick, especially for a pickup truck weighing more than 5,000 pounds. But the EcoBoost's 365 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission apparently make short work of the Tremor's earth-shaking bulk. Helping enhance acceleration is a short 4.10:1 final drive gear ratio. What's that, you ask? Simply put, it magnifies the engine's output at the wheels, giving the Tremor a sportier feel. However, it also means that the Tremor will rev higher on the freeway, which should hurt fuel economy, although Ford's quoted 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway is unchanged from other F-150 models with the same engine. The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor also boasts a unique styling package, with blacked out 20-inch wheels, various tape stripes, and a big TREMOR logo on the side of the truck bed. The Tremor is also the only F-150 model to offer the EcoBoost and the shortest version of the F-150 in one package. Inside there's a full-length console between the two front seats, as well as tech like Sync, MyFord Touch and other doodads we've come to associate with Ford's offerings.The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor will go on sale in late fall this year, and prices will likely undercut the Ford F-150 FX2 and FX4 models by a little. Expect more on prices as the on-sale date approaches. Source: Ford
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