The F-150 Tremor is back for a third time, and this time it’s large and in charge. The Tremor name has been no stranger to Ford trucks, first popping up on the Ranger, then the F-150, and now, the Super Duty trucks. Although they all share the same name, Ford Tremor trucks have each tried to corner a different section of the truck market.
Ranger Tremor: A Sound System Champ
The Ranger Tremor is arguably the most specific Tremor model released. This 2003 iteration of the Ranger had its sights set on the audiophile truck enthusiast. Some of these trucks came in a yellow paint color that is as loud as its 485-watt pioneer sound system with 10” subwoofer. In order to power all of this sound equipment, the Ranger Tremor also came with an upgraded alternator.
This model of Ranger was short-lived, and only 6,000 units were ever made. This original Tremor just screams early 2000s. While car audio continues to be a sizeable automotive niche, it isn’t nearly as mainstream as it was then.
F-150 Tremor: A Powerhouse
The F-150 Tremor was an exercise in highlighting the capabilities of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine. It was the first time that this particular engine was offered with the single cab set-up, allowing the EcoBoost’s power to work more on making the Tremor fast rather than hauling the truck’s weight.
In a sense, the 2014 Tremor was a spiritual successor to the F-150 Lightning, another sporty truck of yore. These trucks represent the other end of truck performance than the Raptor. Instead of prioritizing off-road capabilities, the 2014 Tremor was a truck more intended to be driven on a drag strip.
That all being said, this notion of truck performance is slowly disappearing, with performance trucks almost exclusively being in the off-road space these days. While Ford already has a Raptor version of the F-150 and Ranger, there is no equivalent for the Super-Duties. That’s where the Tremor comes into play.
2020 Super Duty Tremor: An Off-Road Beast
The 2020 Tremor isn’t a specific model like the 2014, but rather an off-road-oriented package positioned above the FX4 and FX2 package. The Tremor package is available for any Super Duty truck above the XLT trim level that is both SRW (single rear wheel) and 4X4.
Given that this is a package for the Super Duty trucks, the engine options for the Tremor package are the massive 6.7L Diesel engine or the 7.3L V8. The diesel makes 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque, and the 7.3L makes 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. While those power levels might seem a tad low for a V8 engine with nearly two gallons of displacement, the 7.3L engine is engineered to be exceptionally durable and produce peak torque at low RPM.
Additionally, the Super Duty trucks that come with the Tremor package are the only Ford trucks besides the Raptor and the Ranger to come equipped with the Trail Control functionality. With this functionality, you can keep your truck at a steady crawl without having to touch the throttle at all. The 2020 Tremor will have a crawl ratio of 53:1 (44:1 on the diesel).
The Tremor is also given a generous lift, which means that it sports the best approach and departure angles on a Super Duty truck. It can ford up to 33 inches of water and has 10.8 inches of ground clearance thanks to the 30mm front lift and 40 mm rear lift.
In addition to everything else, the 2020 Tremor package for Ford Super Duty trucks comes with the skid plates also offered on the FX4 package, plus running boards.
It comes with 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac maximum-traction all-terrain tires slipped onto 18-inch matte black wheels. In order to make those wheels work magic on the trails, the Tremor package also comes with an upgraded suspension system, bigger off-road-tuned shocks, and a tuned rear stabilizer that allows for more twisting.
There are a few more bits of tech that can make the Tremor a more useful truck all around, including Pro Trailer Backup Assist that is designed to work both on gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers.
Again, off-road capable trucks are the current hot thing in the truck world. The Super Duty Tremor is intended to fight the similarly equipped Ram Power Wagon and essentially fits as an extension of the Raptor into the larger trucks.
Sources: The Ford Ranger Tremor Was a Gift to Audiophiles Who Also Needed a Truck, Autotrader | Ford Announces Sporty 2014 F-150 Tremor, Autotrader | It's Tremor Time: 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Adds Tremor Offroad Package, AutoBlog Image Credit: Ford