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Ford’s Thunder Lizard Of A Pickup Is Right At Home At This One-Of-A-Kind ORV Park

2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty Tremor Silver Lake Michigan Review
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

When you think Michigan, a couple things come to mind. Good pizza, bad football teams, brutal winters, great booze, two peninsulas, and of course, the American auto industry. What perhaps goes unnoticed is the highly unique off-roading scene that can be found throughout its 96,716  square miles of diverse expanse. Take for instance the Silver Lake Sand Dunes ORV Park, located in Oceana County: the Asparagus Capital of the World. With some minor mandatory equipment (a flag and ORV stickers), we ventured into the 450-acre scramble area of sand. The only such location east of the Mississippi River. And it borders Lake Michigan on top of it.The vehicle of choice? A 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty Tremor. Also joining us for the adventure was a Hummer H3, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, and JK Jeep Wrangler Willys.

Under the hood of this particular thunder lizard of a pickup truck was the Godzilla V8 engine: a no-BS pushrod machine with a cast iron block, and apparently, quite the appetite for power. It sends 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, or all four wheels, via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Handling traction duties is the awesome Goodyear Wrangler tire, measuring 35-inches in diameter in this application. Ford and off-road enthusiasts alike should be familiar with this rubber by now, as it’s the tire of controversy that’s available on the Ford Bronco.

2020 Ford F-350 Platinum Super Duty Tremor Silver Lake Review
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Where the Ford Super Duty Tremor lacks features like a detachable sway bar and underbody plating that the Ram HD Power Wagon features, the biggest strength of the Tremor package is its availability. Unlike the Power Wagon, which is a standalone variant, the Tremor package is available on F-250 and F-350 Super Duty XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels. In our case, it was a top-of-the-line Platinum. The Super Duty Tremor also available with both gas and Power Stroke diesel engines, where the Power Wagon is 6.4L Hemi V8 only.

Price as tested for this fully-loaded, big-bodied 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty Tremor comes in at $78,960. Which is 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 money. Yes, new cars are expensive. But they’re also exponentially more capable from the factory than they’ve ever been before, with loads more creature comforts than years prior. For some crowds, this mechanical Brontosaurus running on dead dinosaur juice is as big of a money flex as can be, and Ford offers up what they’re looking for perfectly.

Showing off in this truck is easy, too. The famous “Test Hill” climb is a breeze in this big bruiser, with plenty of power and grip to scramble up the towering sand dunes like it’s done it a thousand times before. Tight spaces are the only thing that can keep this truck on the back foot, but at the vast sandscape that is Silver Lake, that was nary an issue.

We’ll let the photos do the talking from here. If you have any further questions about our experience with the Ford Super Duty Tremor, please ask in the comment section below, and we’ll be sure to follow up with an answer.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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