June 28, 2013

Introducing the 2014 Ford F-150 TREMOR

No, I’m not talking about the iconic Kevin Bacon film, Tremors, from 1990.  I’m talking trucks.  Ford Trucks to be exact; the #1 selling brand of trucks in the US for 36 years straight.  That's longer than I've been alive for those of you keeping score at home.  

I was in Dearborn to drive the 2014 Ford Fiesta and the 2014 Fusion Energi, but we’re already off topic…  Trucks!  While I was in Dearborn, Ford presented us with the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor.  This is a truck that takes me back…

The All-New 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

While I was in college and in my early twenties I drove a 1997 GMC Sierra short bed pickup.  It wasn’t crazy powerful, but it was a lot of fun.  The only reason I traded it in was because I was entering a time in my life where I had acquired more money than I’d ever had before and buying a new vehicle made total sense.  Sidenote: It didn’t make any sense, but you have to make mistakes to learn from them…  So I traded the truck for an ’04 Jeep, which we met in my last Wrangler post.  I’m getting pretty sentimental today. I’m kind of choked up thinking about my Wrangler again…  YUCK!
This 2014 F-150 Tremor reminds me of what my truck could have become.  The Tremor is the natural evolution of a short bed pickup.  The Tremor is derived from the FX4 models.  Instead of a SuperCab or Super Crew Cab, the Tremor will be a regular cab with a short bed.  

Credit: Ford Media
It will be powered by my favorite EcoBoost engine; the 3.5L twin turbo V6.  This turbo-charged engine makes 365 horsepower and a monstrous 420 ft-lbs. of torque, while achieving 22 mpg on the highway.  My ’97 made 200 horsepower and 244 ft-lbs. of torque…  

The Tremor is also going to come with an electronic locking launch-optimized rear axle to aid in traction during takeoff.

I’ve driven the twin turbo V6 for a couple weeks in a Super Crew XLT F-150.  This engine makes even full size pickups feel light.  The torque is so readily available that the truck always feels like it’s ready to go.  
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My experience with short bed pickups is that the tail is just about always ready to step out and go to the front.  Quick story: I was headed to a trail head to climb some 14er’s in CO with my truck.  I missed my turn, but there was a gravel parking lot just past it.  I pulled over and slowed to an almost stop, cranked the steering wheel all the way over, & floored it.  The back end immediately jumped around and I was off again in the right direction.  It wasn’t the first time I’d done it and it won’t be the last.  Short bed trucks are great at swing the back around, donuts, and burnouts.  
How you know when companies understand their market. Credit: Ford media
This truck is going to have similar experiences.  The torque of the 3.5L EcoBoost is so beastly that it can work its way through the traction control.  I had it do that to me in the XLT, but that is almost two years ago.  I’m sure that Ford has done its homework and improved the traction control for the Tremor.  Adding the electronic locking launch optimized rear axle helps in this area of concern.

The target audience is teenage boys and guys still in their lower 20’s.  At least that’s who I see driving other sport trucks around KC.  The interior of the Tremor will suit them.  

The FX2 Tremor will only come as a two wheel drive truck.  That is a reason why this truck will be so fun.  

If you’re a parent, then you’re definitely buying the Tremor for your kid with Ford’s MyKey system.  That way you can adjust the maximum settings in the vehicle for your child.  I’m all for making mistakes and learning from them, but wrapping a vehicle around a telephone pole is not a lesson I need either of my sons to learn.  Ever.  
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I love the look of the Tremor and in the right conditions, which 85% of the time it is in KC, this truck will do great.  The power from the engine is ample, but not over the top.  The torque will make it feel quick, do great donuts/burnouts, and you have a shot at getting some decent fuel economy out of a full size pickup.

There’s a lot to like about the Tremor.  As a dad though, I’m out.  I need that back seat for the child safety seats.  

Thank you to Ford for allowing me to come up to Dearborn and thrash some cars around the test track.    

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