All sorts of Ford F-150 news today as we creep toward the official street date. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest aluminum-related news:
From Gas 2: “2015 Ford F-150 Curb Weights Revealed”
…the lightest 2015 F-150 you can buy is two-wheel drive regular cab model with the naturally-aspirated 3.5 liter V6, which comes in at a svelte 4,050-lbs. That, my friends, is actually lighter than the 556 horsepower Camaro ZL1, which comes in at 4,160-lbs (about 300-lbs more than a stock Camaro SS), and I’ve got to hand it to Ford, that’s a pretty impressive feat. Even with the 5.0 liter V8, the regular cab 2015 F-150 comes in at just over 4,220-lbs, and the smaller all-new 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 equipped models weigh in at 4,168-lbs.
From the Toronto Star: “If driving is believing, 2015 Ford F-150 is the best one yet”
Whether it’s a gamble or a game-changer is still up in the air, but Ford has announced that the next-generation Super Duty will also have an aluminum body. And you better believe the other truck companies will crunch those fuel and capacity numbers when they’re finally announced. But driving is believing, and after my time behind the wheel, I think that for performance and handling, this new F-150 is the best one yet.
From the New York Daily News: “Test Drive: 2015 Ford F-150 aims to redefine the pickup truck segment”
But the new Ford’s aluminum construction and turbocharged V-6s make it the most technologically advanced full-size pickup, and the weight savings pay off in increased capability and, most likely, improved fuel economy. Considering those strengths, this advanced new Ford pickup should have no problem maintaining its sales lead. It looks like Ford’s gamble was a good one.
The official specs are impressive and the early reviews are backing it up. Looks like Ford’s investment in aluminum is paying off — and the rest of the industry will soon