This is perhaps the most American thing you’ll see all day – the 2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor, a massive pick-up truck with a package of mods for serious off-roading.
Super Duty is the name Ford gives its toughest pick-ups. They’re hugely popular as work trucks but, as is the way with these things, they can be specced with a family-size cab equipped with enough leather and gadgets to make them a genuine alternative to a regular family car.
The latest 2020 model brings with it a raft of improvements to comfort, driveability and hauling capacity. Ford hasn’t actually released any numbers yet, but we would expect a payload over a ton and towing capacity of around five tons.
Under the bonnet, there’s an updated version of the 6.7-litre diesel and a new 7.3-litre V8. Again, Ford hasn’t released any figures, other than promising the 7.3 will be the most powerful petrol V8 pick-up on the market. The 6.2 V8 available in the 2019 Super Duty is carried over. All engines are connected to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Since the vast majority of Super Duty trucks are specced with four-wheel-drive, it’s unsurprising that quite a lot of owners use them off-road. Both for work and during playtime, doing the sorts of outdoorsy stuff that Americans actually do and we Brits like to think we would do if it wasn’t always chucking down with rain.
The Tremor package is designed to cater for those outdoorsy Super Duty owners, boosting the truck’s off-road ability. It’s available with the F-250 and F-350 models pictured here in Crew Cab/standard load bed/standard wheelbase form. Ford hasn’t said if there are any restrictions on which variant in the mind-boggling range the pack is availabe with.
The pack includes a two-inch front suspension lift, beefier dampers, 18in wheels wrapped in 35in Goodyear off-road tyres, a crawler gear and Trail Control – a cruise control system specifically for off-roading.
Ground clearance is up to 274mm and wading depth to 838mm. Approach and departure angles are improved too, though the Tremor package does little to mitigate the sheer size of thing, which will ultimately limit the truck’s ability on the rough stuff.
It wouldn’t make any sense at all on this side of the Atlantic, but over in the States there are probably hundreds of thousands of people poised to pounce on their local Ford dealer and snap up a Super Duty Tremor when they go on sale later this year.
By Graham King