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2015 Ford F-150 Sport Mode Adds To Aluminum Truck's Performance

Posted in News on August 5, 2015
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Photographers: Ken BrubakerFord Motor Company

The Engineers at Ford are taking advantage of the weight savings the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 offers with the addition of Sport Mode. With increased acceleration, thanks to the up to 700 pounds the 2015 shed over previous gen F-150s and high output powertrain options; Sport mode was borrowed from the new Mustang to giving drivers an engaged, dynamic driving experience. Since the development of the Mustang and the 2015 F-150 shared a similar time line, engineers often drove both vehicles during development leaving them wondering if Sport Mode could be adapted to the F-150. Ford Transmission Calibration Engineer Karl Jungbluth says “The team realized how well the new F-150 handled and responded to acceleration due to its reduced weight 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.”

Pushing the tow/haul button twice activates Sport Mode illuminating an amber S in the lower right portion of the tachometer indicating it is active. Once the truck is in Sport Mode the frequency of gearshifts changes allowing the truck to stay in the “Sweet Spot” by holding lower gears longer that make driving more spirited with seat-of-the-pants acceleration and less upshifting. The frequency of having to step on the go-fast pedal is also reduced allowing the truck to reach peak torque faster, resulting in quicker more responsive acceleration with less pedal travel.

When combined with the changes in the six-speed transmission, Ford says Sport Mode feels similar to what an aftermarket programmer might add while still keeping the factory warranty. Sport Mode comes standard on every 2015 engine and can be engaged in 2WD, 4WD auto and 4WD high giving every driving enthusiast an improvement in acceleration and performance on- and –off-road.

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Source: Ford

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