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2013-07-01 05:31
DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford has just unveiled its latest addition to its F-Series pick-up range, the 2014 F-150 Tremor - a bakkie for the street kings.

The Tremor name is nothing new to the automaker; it made its debut on the smaller Ranger bakkie in the US in Tremor trim. Other models in the range include King Ranch, Lariat, Limited, Raptor and Harley-Davidson.

The Tremor is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine making 268kW/ 569Nm.

The bakkie features a short wheelbase, a launch-optimised rear axle — the shortest final drive ratio offered in an EcoBoost F-150, meaning that drivers can achieve fast acceleration. It’s mated to a six-speed auto gearbox and has a very thirsty combined fuel consumption of 17.7 litres/100km but only 12.8 litres/100km for the 4X2 version.

To keep it looking pimped out, it comes with 20” black wheels and side branding to set it apart from the rest of the range. Inside there are leather seats and it comes with SYNC and MyFord Touch technologies.

The Tremor will go on sale from September in the US, but pricing has not yet been confirmed.

Ford’s truck group marketing manager Doug Scott said: “The F-150 Tremor will be a niche vehicle and is similar to our SVT Lightning model from the 1990s and 2000s, which boasted an engine with power similar to that of the new Tremor.”

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