You've probably heard of the Ford Raptor, and that's a good thing. What you might not know, however, is that the Raptor has a little brother. His name is Tremor, and he won't be around for long, so you better get one while you can.
The Ford Tremor is (or, was) the on-road counterpart to the Baja 1000-winning SVT Raptor truck. Both are based on the F150 pickup, but the Tremor is a little bit different. For starters, it's only available as a short wheelbase regular cab truck - meaning it's the lightest F150 body style. The bed on the Ford Tremor is only 5.5 feet, which is normally only for extended cab models. Why is that important?
Simple. It's powered by a 365 horsepower turbocharged EcoBoost engine that also makes 420 ft. lbs. of torque. It can be had in both two- and four-wheel drive configurations, and has an electronic locking rear differential with 4.10 gears to make sure you'll always have maximum traction. More power, more torque, less weight. The holy trinity. The engine in the Tremor, while it sounds like something that might be more suited to a car, is definitely truck worthy. Over 90 percent of its torque is available from 1,700 to 5,000 RPM. In other words? You're almost always going to be having a ball when you put your foot to the floor in the Tremor.
The Ford Tremor is pretty sweet looking, too. It comes with HID headlights and the $1,780 FX appearance package, which includes a killer set of 20 inch flat black wheels, black running boards, a black hood and side decals that remind me of the Boss 302. Inside, there are black leather seats with Alcantara inserts and red piping. The steering wheel also has red stitching, and the brushed metal trim looks killer, and the floor mounted shifter that controls the six speed automatic transmission adds to the sporty character Ford is going for with this truck. Ford's phenomenal "MyFordTouch" infotainment system is also standard, so you can go fast, be comfortable, and be entertained all at the same time.
Is the Ford Tremor meant to be a real successor to the SVT Lightning? Perhaps. They have the same idea: street truck, high performance, and no desire to be anywhere near a mud, sand, or rock trail. While some may cry foul, I say hooray! There is clearly a market for on-road truck enthusiasts who just want to go fast, and I think it's good on Ford for tapping into it. Someone has to, anyway. So why is Ford discontinuing this sport truck? No one knows. It could be due to sales. It could be due to the introduction of the new 2015 F-150 and its all-aluminum construction causing production issues (for the record - there's no mention of a Raptor successor or new generation yet, either). What I do know, though, is that you should buy one. As a one-year-only model, and with forced induction, the Tremor is sure to be a future collectible. Perhaps this is the 2010's GMC Syclone. What do you think? Do you want one? Photo credits: Ford.