Ford said there’s a consumer base who are looking for a Super Duty that doubles as a “workhorse and adventure machine,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager, “so we designed this truck specifically for them — more ground clearance, bigger shocks, bigger tires and more off-road capability.”
Ford offers the Tremor package on XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum F-250 and F-350 Super Duty 4x4 single-rear-wheel SuperCrews with a 6.75-foot bed. Starting price for an F-250 XLT with the Tremor package and 7.3-liter engine is $53,390. Opting for the third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-8 ups the price to $62,400. Super Duty pickups continue to be available with the 6.2-liter V-8, but it isn’t an option with the Tremor package.
The port-fuel-injected 7.3-liter is the most-potent gas engine ever offered in a Super Duty. It propels the Tremor with 430 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 475 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, which is best-in-class for gas engines. Featuring a new cast-iron block and forged-steel crankshaft, “this pushrod V-8 design optimizes low-end torque,” Ford reports, “and the variable-cam timing helps to optimize high-output power.”
Tremor’s 7.3-liter gains an enormous amount of torque in the 3,000-4,000-rpm range, which is critical for towing heavy trailers. Fitted with the optional 4.30 electronic locking axle ratio, the 7.3-liter generates impressive grunt to tow hefty loads uphill. Maximum conventional towing capacity for Tremor F-250 models is 15,000 pounds, and 18,700 pounds for gooseneck trailering.
Huge torque numbers come with a $10,495 investment for the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel. It delivers 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque at a low 1,600 rpm and 475 horsepower at 2,800 rpm. This is an output increase of 115 lb.-ft. of torque and 25 horsepower over its predecessor.
Upgrades for 2020 contribute to the turbo-diesel’s big output numbers. The fuel-injection system has been improved to optimize combustion, and its block, cylinder heads, connecting rods and bearings have been strengthened. Fitted with the turbo-diesel, the Tremor F-250’s conventional towing max is 20,000 pounds, and an atypical 19,100 pounds with a gooseneck setup. Payload capacity with both engines is 3,470 pounds.
A 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift automatic transmission replaces the six-speed automatic on the gas V-8 and turbo-diesel. The 10-speed is smoother and more efficient, contributing to improved fuel economy and towing.
The 10-speed transmission also enables Tremor’s rock-craw mode, which operates in 4x4 low. Selectable drive modes allow the driver to choose the best setting for driving conditions: normal for around-town use, tow/haul for optimized performance under load, eco for enhanced fuel economy, slippery for icy conditions, and deep snow/sand for low-traction conditions.
Assisting the Tremor in extreme situations requiring added traction are a locking rear differential with electronic shift-on-the-fly and a Dana limited-slip front differential. The front axle is capable of sensing when a tire loses traction and uses the brakes to transfer power to the wheel with optimal traction.
The Tremor rolls on “maximum-traction” 35-inch-diameter Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, which wrap 18-inch matte-finished black wheels. A 10.8-inch ground clearance is achieved with a 2-inch front lift and shorter air dam, which provides a better approach angle. Off-road body motion and towing performance are controlled with progressive-rate springs, and ride quality during severe off-roading is improved with a rear stabilizer bar tuned for a lower spring rate. Tremor’s huge, heavy-duty shocks with 1.7-inch piston twin-tube dampers are tuned to absorb severe impacts.
Skid plates shield the transfer case and fuel tank, and water-fording vent tubes prevent water from being sucked into the transfer case and axle, contributing to Tremor’s capability of fording water up to 33 inches deep.
Ford Performance Parts is offering a winch by Warn with 12,000 pounds winching power for Tremor Super Duty pickups. Priced at $3,000, the winch will be available as a factory-orderable option or a dealer-installed after-sale accessory.
Source : https://www.chron.com/z-archived-cars/article/2020-Ford-F-250-Off-Road-Tremor-addresses-15192206.php