Why the Ford Tremor Was Ahead of Its Time

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2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

Halfway through the 2014 model year, Ford introduced a version of the F-150 that was supposed to be the spiritual successor to the SVT Lighting, and it was called the Tremor. As it turns out, it didn’t sell that well. For many enthusiasts, it wasn’t enough of a street truck to get them interested. Ford eventually cancelled the single cab, 3.5L EcoBoost truck. But maybe it was ahead of its time?

For the 2017 model year, Ford is introducing a higher-power version of the 3.5L EcoBoost that’ll appear in the 2017 Raptor. While it’s basically the same 3.5L that was in the Tremor (and current F-150s), it’ll be tuned to somewhere potentially in the 450 horsepower range. It’s also a similar version of the 3.5L EcoBoost in the new Ford GT.

The 2015 F-150, with its all-aluminum body, lost more than 700 pounds over the previous generation of the truck. With the upgraded engine possibility, there’s some serious potential in the new truck to make the Tremor great.

Obviously more power and less weight are key to making something perform better, but if Ford were to bring back the Tremor sometime soon, it’d need a few other changes. Street trucks need to be lower, not higher. We’d like to see Ford only offer the truck in a two-wheel drive variant, similar to how Ram offers the 1500 R/T only in rear-wheel drive.

It’s doubtful we’ll see another performance street truck from Ford, since that particular segment isn’t really booming with activity, but it is fun to imagine what a Ford F-150 hot rod would look like.

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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