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Ford F-150 Tremor Is The Modern-Day SVT Lightning

Those who remember the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning from the 1990s will most certainly appreciate what The Blue Oval announced in late July: the F-150 Tremor.

In essence the Tremor is the 11th trim level in the ever-popular F-150 lineup that aims to address the needs of street truck enthusiasts. But unlike its spiritual predecessor (Lightning), it isn’t powered by a big and burly V8. Rather, the Tremor is motivated exclusively by Ford’s highly-acclaimed 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine that couples the high-performance of a V8 with 365 horsepower (at 5,000 RPM), 420 lb.-ft. of torque (at 2,500 RPM), and the fuel economy of a V6 (22 mpg highway). The new sport-oriented street truck is set to go on sale in the fall of 2013.

F-150 Tremor offers distinctive looks and performance. For starters, it will only be available in a short-wheelbase, regular-cab configuration (at least initially) and features the FX Appearance Package, which includes:

  • Flat-black accents
  • Unique 20-inch flat-black wheels
  • Stylized bodyside graphics
  • Black badges with red lettering

Inside, Tremor features a flow-through center console — the only regular-cab F-150 that offers such a feature — and bucket seats. Interior touches consist of black leather seating surfaces with red piping, brushed-metal accents, a red-stitched steering wheel, and Alcantara seat inserts. The MyFord Touch/SYNC infotainment system is standard.

Meanwhile, the EcoBoost engine and 6R80 six-speed automatic gearbox is mated to a launch-optimized 4.10 rear axle — the shortest final drive ratio offered in an EcoBoost-powered F-150 — helping provide fast off-the-line acceleration. The sport truck can be had in either two- or four-wheel-drive configurations.

“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.”

Some of the mechanical highlights of the Tremor’s powertrain include:

  • 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 on both two- and four-wheel-drive versions helps deliver the power to the pavement by improving traction during takeoff
Ford
ENGINE: 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
POWER: 365 hp
TORQUE: 420 lb.-ft.
FUEL ECONOMY 16 MPG CITY, 22 MPG HIGHWAY (4×2)
TRANSMISSION: 6R80 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC
ASSEMBLY LOCATION: DEARBORN TRUCK PLANT, DEARBORN, MICHIGAN

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