First Look: 2020 Ford Super-Duty F-250 Lariat Tremor

A big-block V-8, a lift, and 35-inch tires make the Tremor F-250 a workhorse.

Easy to drive. Hard to miss.Kevan Ray

The Ford Super-Duty F-250 Lariat Edition with the Tremor Off-Road Package sits atop 35-inch all-terrain tires; special, 2-inch-lift coil springs; and a full arsenal of skid plates. It’s intended for working off pavement, and that’s exactly what it will see as our support rig for testing a wide array of new side-by-sides.

Goodyear 35-inch-tall all-terrain tires help you get where you need to go.Kevan Ray

Our Tremor Package ($3,975) F-250 boasts Ford’s 7.3-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Power routes through a four-wheel-drive transfer case with a 2.64:1 low range and on to solid axles front and rear. The rear axle has an electronic locking differential while the front axle relies on a limited-slip unit that’s always on. To push the meaty 35s, both differentials get a 4.30 gearset. That gives the F-250 Tremor an impressive 53:1 crawl ratio in low range.

A full array of towing features adorn this Super-Duty Tremor.Kevan Ray

Notable tech includes a wall of LED lamps fore and aft. The Quad-Dual beam LED headlights are equipped with auto high beam, auto on/off, and lower fog lights. Let there be light. You also get side mirror puddle lights, a rear cargo light, and shockingly bright reverse lights. All of them are LED.

The Lariat Ultimate Package ($3,495) interior is spacious and comfortable. You won’t find any exotic wood panels or handsomely stitched seams inside this Super-Duty. What you will find is an 8-inch touchscreen that controls your Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker sound system and GPS navigation. Crank your favorite tunes to level 16, hit your one-touch windows, and lean back. This thing feels ready to consume miles.

No compromises mean you get a workhorse that can go almost anywhere you point it.Kevan Ray

We love that Ford worked hard to retain the functionality of its Super-Duty line with Tremor-equipped trucks. The payload and towing capacity numbers are unchanged from the standard Super-Duty rigs at 7,850 pounds and 15,000 pounds, respectively. That is impressive when you account for the altered suspension geometry and massive tires. You get a built-in trailer brake controller, an army of cameras, active sway control, and tow/haul mode to help manage heavy loads. Our truck is also blessed with one more unique feature: bed ramps. Ford offers what it calls its Stowable Loading Ramp option, which consists of two folding metal ramps that attach to the bed rails when not in use and slip onto the lip of the tailgate when needed for loading equipment.  This begs the question, can we fit a UTV inside the F-250′s bed with the factory loading ramps? Stay tuned to find out as we put the Tremor Super-Duty to work.

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