2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is the automaker’s first out-and-out sport truck powered by a turbocharged V-6 engine, versus a thirstier V-8. Wild body graphics and a cabin loaded with high-tech features drive the point home that this pick-up is more at home on public roads – or even racetracks – rather than muddy construction sites.

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is a typical sport-oriented truck, except for one key ingredient. Instead of the usual V-8 you’d expect in the engine bay, the Tremor packs a 365-hp turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. This motor comes from Ford’s “EcoBoost” range of engines, which aim to offer the power of a larger engine with the economy of a smaller one.

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

In fact, this V-6 delivers 5 more horsepower than the 5.0-liter V-8 available in the rest of the F-150 range. Ford says the Tremor has the punch of a traditional V-8, combined with the fuel economy of a V-6. While it’s true that this EcoBoost engine has plenty of poke, the lofty mileage claim can be misleading.

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

The EPA ratings for the regular F-150 equipped with the EcoBoost V-6 are 16/22-mpg city/highway. Yet compare this to the 5.0-liter V-8, for example, and the economy difference is negligible – the V-8 is about 1-mpg thirstier in both city and highway driving. You’d have to step up to something like the fuel-guzzling F-150 SVT Raptor – with its 411-hp 6.2-liter V-8 and 11/16-mpg city/highway economy – to really appreciate the mileage benefits provided in the Tremor.

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

Still, there is a lot more to this sport truck than fuel mileage. The FX Appearance Package includes flat-black accents, 20-inch black wheels, bold side graphics and black badging with red lettering. A 4.10 rear axle is the shortest final drive offered with the EcoBoost V-6, and it ensures the Tremor’s acceleration is a match for its brash exterior. Buyers also have a choice of rear or four-wheel-drive.

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor interior

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor interior

Inside, the cabin features bucket seats covered in black leather with red piping, brushed metal accents, and a red-stitched steering wheel. Ford says it has optimized the standard MyFord Touch interface, which is standard on the Tremor, to accommodate truck users who might be wearing work gloves. To this end, the Tremor has easier access to climate controls and audio presets…

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