Super Duty Rumble! The F-350 Tremor
Those that know trucks know that the ultimate off-road pickup from Ford is the Raptor. Based off of an F-150, the Raptor gets a modified body, high-output engine and some intense off-road hardware. But what if you want that similar off-road capabilities from the Raptor, but in a heavy duty truck? Well, Ford has that covered as they unleash the Tremor.
The Tremor is a package available on Ford’s Super Duty range of heavy-duty trucks that adds off-road equipment such as meaty tires, a lifted suspension, and other rugged bits. It’s available only on crew-cab models and only with either of the available upgrade engines.
As-is, the current Ford Super Duties are quite intimating. Now with the Tremor package, they just look flat out mean. First off, a lift kit raises the front suspension by two inches, making the Tremor stand tall. Underneath, there is a front axle with a limited-slip differential while the rear gets a locking differential. At each corner are 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires wrapped around 18-inch matte black wheels. The Tremor also has different shocks than those on a standard Super Duty. The front air dam is five inches higher than normal, which helps the truck’s approach angle, and Ford says that the Tremor model can cross water up to 33 inches deep. A new rock-crawl mode operates in low range, and Ford also has a Trail Control system that operates like a sort of off-road cruise control.
Under the hood, the Tremor can be fitted with either of the Super Duties optional engines. The first is the all-new 7.3-liter gasoline V8 that makes 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. The other is the 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel V8 that makes 475 hp and an amazing 1,050 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of engine choice, a 10-speed automatic transmission is used.
The Tremor that Ford allowed me to use is an F-350 decked out in Agent Black with a black interior. Now much meaner can a truck get? Driving down my neighborhood the other day, one would thing that the Tremor caused the tress to fall – not the powerful storm that blew through the night before.
Climbing inside the cabin of the Tremor, using the side step and the grab handle is a necessity – this truck is high. Once in, a familiar ambiance awaits the occupants. The interior carries a blocky industrial theme that provides for big and easy-to-use controls and buttons. Conveniences are found everywhere – from heated and vented seats to an 8-inch touch screen A helping had is the multicamera that gives a 360 degree view around the truck – practically a necessity when parking this big machine.
While the Tremor is big and can be a bit intimidating to look at, I found driving it to be surprisingly easy. While you do feel its heft, it’s quite manageable. The ride is a somewhat jittery, but that’s too be expected for a big truck with no load. While I would have opted for the diesel engine, not because I need it, but rather to know that I have over 1,000 lb-ft of torque under my foot, the tester is fitted with Ford’s new gas engine. And it’s no slouch, with its 475 lb-ft of torque, there’s a reason why it’s called “Godzilla”. It’s the most powerful gas engine in its class.
The Ford F-Series Super Duty has always been known for its amazing towing capabilities, including being able to tow up to 37,000 pounds using a gooseneck trailer. Now add in the Tremor package – and you are talking about the most capable off-road Super Duty ever.
— Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2020 Ford Super Duty F-350 SuperCrew Tremor
Base Price: $49,260.00 (estimated)
Price as Tested: $61,345.00 (estimated)
Layout: front-engine / four-wheel drive
Engine: 7.3 liter V8
Transmission: 10 – speed automatic
Horsepower: 430 hp
Torque: 475 lb-ft
[Visit me at www.carsbycar.blogspot.com or email me at email@example.com]