You see them everywhere nowadays: the heavy-duty truck that’s more than just a work machine. You can spot them easily enough: big wheels, loud exhaust, maybe a bit of a lift, aggressive tires. Diesel or gas, the aggressive, off-road sided, heavy-duty truck section is a huge market to tap and had been populated recently only by the Ram Power Wagon. Not anymore…Ford has announced this beast: the Tremor package for the 2020 Super Duty lineup. Available on F-250 and F-350, with either the 6.7L Power Stroke or the 7.3L gas V8, the Tremor has the grunt. It’s also got the chops: 35″ Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires on 18″ wheels, a 2-inch lift in the nose and a shorter air dam offers up 10.8 inches of ground clearance and approach/departure angles of 31.65 and 24.51 degrees, respectively. Progressive rate springs can haul loads and keep body motion to a minimun and the rear sway bar is toned down for comfort. 1.7-inch piston twin-tube shocks, a locking rear differential, a Dana front limited-slip unit, running boards, FX4 skid plates and more round out the hard parts. The Tremor features drive modes, including a rock-crawl mode that has a 53:1 crawl ratio for the 7.3L and a 44:1 ratio for the Power Stroke, and Trail Control, something Ford describes as “cruise control for off-road driving”.
On one hand, we like seeing useful bits and hardcore parts being thrown at a truck that can truly put them to use. The Tremor is more of a spiritual successor to the Highboy era than it is a bro-dozer…they prefer Raptors or diesels that have been modified to blow smoke anyways. But until the 2020 Super Duty lineup is officially launched later this year, we have to wonder: How much will this newfound off-road prowess cost?