If you’ve ever thought to yourself ‘gee, my pickup truck sure is great, but I really wish it had a Sport mode’, then get ready to take a trip to local Ford dealer. For 2016, the F-150 will feature a new ‘Sport’ mode, livening up the truck’s transmission at the push of button for a more dynamic driving experience.
Pushing the tow button twice in succession will light an amber colored ‘S’ on the lower right portion of the dash. This tells the six-speed automatic transmission to adjust the frequency of gearshifts, ensuring the truck stays in “the sweet spot of the powerband and holds lower gears longer to make driving more fun,” Ford says.
In addition to telling the transmission to hold gears longer, the setting will reduce how much gas must applied to reach peak torque, a combination that allows for an ‘on demand’ performance feel. The same system is used in automatic versions of the 2015 Mustang and makes the car “come alive,” according to Ford transmission calibration engineer Karl Jungbluth.
Sport mode will be standard on all 2015 F-150s engine, no matter the engine, and can be used in two-wheel drive, four-wheel-drive automatic and four-wheel-drive high drive modes.