Lightning may never strike Ford’s lineup more than twice, but that doesn’t mean the automaker has completely abandoned the sport truck segment. The new 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor, which was revealed to the automotive press earlier this morning, is the first Ford truck to target that segment in nearly ten years.
Like the original 1993-1995 and the second-generation 1999-2004 F-150 SVT Lightning pickups, the Tremor packs big power into a regular-cab, full-size pickup package. Unlike those vehicles, however, that power doesn’t come from a V-8 engine. Instead, the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is powered by Ford’s twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Although no Tremor-specific modifications have been performed, the engine still cranks out a healthy 365 horsepower at 5000 rpm, along with 420 lb-ft of torque at 2500 rpm. Ford brags 90 percent of the EcoBoost V-6's peak torque is delivered between 1700-5000 rpm, meaning it should be plenty easy to light the rear tires up. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is a locking rear differential with a 4.10:1 ratio.
Don’t think the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor’s EcoBoost V-6 can hold a candle to the legendary SVT Lightnings? Think again. The original ’93-’95 model delivered 240 hp @ 4200 rpm, along with 340 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. The second-generation F-150 SVT Lightning produced 360 hp @ 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 Ford F-150 Tremor is mechanically identical to a stock 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 engine, 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.