Properly, it appears Ford?s neat, introduced-for-2014 F-150 Tremor sport truck will probably be quite short lived, according to some report from Automotive News. Unsurprisingly, Ford won?t renew the model?which is the only way to get the light regular-cab F-150 with the 365-hp EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3. 5-liter V-6?for the redesigned 2015 F-150. While that news is just slightly depressing, Automotive News proceeds the speculate that the certainly awesome, off-road-oriented F-150 SVT Raptor might not exactly return, either.
Wait, 2015 Ford Raptor hold upwards, pump those brakes a second?no additional Raptor? The guys over in Automotive News cajoled Ford?s truck marketing manager, Doug Scott, into revealing the Raptor won?t be on Ford?s 2015 model-year roster. While this leads AN to conclude the Raptor?s future is unsure, partially due to the completely new truck?s aluminum construction, we?re happy to bet the truck will come back. For starters, the Raptor isn?t cheap, and not-cheap trucks are all the rage, offering automakers almost sinful profit margins. Second, part of Ford?s big hoopla surrounding its mostly aluminum 2015 F-150 and its new EcoBoost 2. 7-liter V-6 involved a deceitful current-generation F-150 it ran in Baja this season. The rig was in actuality a 2015 F-150 in disguise?Ford stamped 2014-model-year body panels from aluminum and fitted them on the 2015 truck?s chassis and aluminium cab. Then the automaker trapped its new 2. 7-liter EcoBoost inside it and ran the Baja 1000 as being a torture test. It made it without a problem.
To us, if the aluminum F-150?and just a slightly modified base model, at that?can handle such a rigorous entrance exam, we doubt the Raptor?s potential hangs in the balance to its aluminum gear. More likely will be that, assuming the Raptor will probably return, Ford is taking a year to let the SVT performance guys do their thing with all the new truck. Here?s hoping it comes back, and at Ford?s earliest ease. Say, in 2016?