Ford truck customers were just given an enticing new addition to the lineup with the first ever F-150 Tremor, a pickup designed to split the gap between the FX4 and upcoming Raptor variants. Like the established Super Duty Tremor and inbound Ranger Tremor, the F-150 Tremor is aimed at all-around off-roading, with less of a Baja focus than the Raptor model. This makes it a champ at gnarly trails and rock crawling. Given our experience with the F-350 Tremor off-road and 2021 F-150 we can’t imagine there will be too much to criticize about this exciting variant, except for one exclusion: a V8 engine.
Ford announced the F-150 Tremor with the 3.5-liter twin turbo EcoBoost V6, and made no mention of other offerings at launch or in the future. The Drive reached out to Ford to see if the V8 was coming in due course, and the answer was no. Interestingly, there are also no plans for a diesel, PowerBoost Hybrid, or smaller V6 powered Tremor, either.
This is all down to simplifying the lineup. As rad as the F-150 Tremor is, it won’t be a major volume seller in the F-Series lineup, so Ford is limiting the complexity of this model. While we can stand to see the other engine options omitted, it’s the Coyote V8 that hurts the most, especially when Ford told The Drive there are no mechanical roadblocks keeping it out of the truck. A naturally aspirated V8 is preferred by many off-roaders for a number of reasons. With any turbo engine, the torque and power curves won’t be as smooth, and you can’t beat the grunt of a V8. The effortless low end torque and total range of the 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel would likely be an appealing engine for off-roading, as well.
Still, Ford in 2020 is an automaker that listens to its customers and has pleased enthusiasts with some recent product decisions. Most notable is with the Bronco, where Ford went back on its original plans and will be offering the Sasquatch Package with a manual transmission. Rumors also indicate the F-150 Raptor being offered with the Predator V8 from the Mustang Shelby GT500 in addition to the V6 from the previous generation, in response to both V8 loving Ford fans and the Ram TRX.
If enough people ask for a F-150 Tremor with a Coyote V8 and Ford sees a business case for more variation in the Tremor lineup, there’s a chance it could happen. Or perhaps as Ford begins to scale up production of the new F-150, that will eventually be more capacity for more combinations.