Ford has added a sport mode to its F-150 pickup truck.
Now standard on the Ford F-150 equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, sport mode will operate in two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive automatic and four-wheel drive high settings. The sport mode system is borrowed from the 2015 Ford Mustang and can be activated by pushing the tow/haul mode button twice. An amber “S” will illuminate on the lower-right portion of the tachometer, indicating that sport mode is active.
Engaging sport mode on the Ford F-150 will change the frequency of gearshifts, allowing the truck to stay in its sweet spot of the powerband, resulting in a more spirited driving experience. According to Ford, there’s “less shifting on engaging drives, such as twisty roads with rolling hills. Instead of shifting gears up and down for peak efficiency, the transmission holds a specific gear longer to make driving more responsive and spirited.”
Both the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang and F-150 were developed on a similar time line, so the American automaker is able to share certain automatic transmission technologies. In addition to sport mode, the F-150’s automatic transmission also has the ability to match engine rpm as it downshifts.
“Our team realized how well the new F-150 handled and responded to acceleration due to its reduced weight,” said Karl Jungbluth, Ford transmission calibration engineer. “So we decided we could adapt the sport mode capabilities of the six-speed automatic transmission from Mustang to F-150 to enhance the overall driving experience for truck customers.”
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