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New 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor to make more extreme off-roading possible

The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor is a new addition to the company's lineup.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor continues the off-road story that was started by theFord Super Duty Tremor and Ford Ranger Tremor. It contains similar upgrades for tacking the trails while maintaining the towing and payload capacity that makes the F-150 a perennial best-seller. The Ford F-150 lineup was completely redesigned for the 2021 model year.

F-150 Tremor is meant for customers that need more off-road capability than what they can get in a F-150 FX4 package, but less than what is available in the F-150 Raptor (Ford hasn't revealed the next-gen Raptor yet). It is designed to tackle the terrain of a cornfield, as well as a dusty two-track, muddy bog, and rock-strewn trail.

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The F-150 makes use of a high-strength steel frame and aluminum body. It comes only in a SuperCrew configuration with a 5.5-foot box. Ford will only sell the model with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is also standard. Buyers will be able to choose from the standard, mid and high equipment groups as well as other features.

Ford has upgraded the truck's suspension to include retuned front and rear springs that add ground clearance, revised front hub knuckles and upper control arms, and added Tremor-specific monotone shocks up front. The twin tube shocks at the rear have been stunned for softer damping at low speeds.

The whole rig rides on new 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires that are wrapped around unique matte-finish 18-inch wheels. This adds ground clearance and makes the truck's stance one-inch wider. It also has a Raptor-style bash plate.

All the modifications to the truck have resulted in an approach angle of 27.6 degrees, breakover angle of 21.2 degrees, and departure angle of 24.3 degrees. Tremor has 1.5 inches more total travel in the rear and an additional inch of total travel in front.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor

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A locking rear differential is standard. Ford is making a Torsen limited-slip front differential available later in the model year. Opting for the high equipment group will get a torque-on-demand transfer case that is similar to the high-performance unit in F-150 Raptor.

Tremor has a maximum conventional tow rating of 10,900 pounds.

Ford's Pro Power Onboard generator system is available and delivers 2.0 kilowatts of exportable power in the bed for tools, an air compressor, or electric chainsaw.

The front of the truck sports a new hood and fascia that is designed to give the model a more muscular appearance. The Ford oval is blacked out and highlighted by the signature Tremor color of Active Orange. Two Active Orange recovery hooks are situated near the bottom. Fixed running boards, inspired by Raptor, are mounted close to the body. A cutout rear bumper features a high-flow dual exhaust flanking its two rear recovery hooks.

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Active Orange is also visible on the fenders, bed sides, and tailgate. The color carries over to the interior where it is featured in special stitching, materials, and finishes on the instrument panel, center console, and doors.

Buyers get a six-position auxiliary power pack mounted to the overhead console as standard. They can have off-road lighting options installed at the dealer and check the 360-degree camera package options box when they order.

The Ford Trail Toolbox will be available in the model. It features one-pedal driving capability that makes activities like rock crawling easier. Trail Turn Assist technology reduces the steering radius of the truck in tight off-road stations by applying brakes to the inside rear wheel.

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Drivers will be able to make full use of Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul, Eco, Slippery, Deep Snow/Sand, Mud/Rut, and Rock Crawl drive modes. Available Trail Control operates like cruise control for off-road use.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor will be available next summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date.

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Volvo is allowing Super Bowl LV fans to enter to win a free car - terms and conditions apply.

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Volvo Car USA Is bringing back its Volvo Safety Sunday campaign for this year's big game. This time around, they're giving away up to $2 million worth of cars.

When the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021, Volvo fans won't be talking about the old guard/new guard quarterback battle. They'll instead be hoping for a safety.

Here's how it works. For a chance to win a free car, contestants visit between January 25 and February 7, 2021 to design, in any trim and color available in the U.S. Entrants can build their car in the Volvo vehicle configurator or take a short quiz that will recommend a model based on their lifestyle. Once configured, users must click "Try to win this Volvo" on the summary page to enter. Full rules, terms and conditions can be found at

Potential winners must enter the contest ahead of Super Bowll LV.Photo courtesy of Volvo Car USA

Volvo Safety Sunday 2021

Then, it's all up to the Chiefs and Bucs. It doesn't matter which team scores the safety. As long as one football lands in the end zone to score two points, there will be winners. Think it's a long shot? Remember that just last week the Buffalo Bills scored their first points of the game via a safety.

The giveaway is part of a larger push by Volvo to focus on the safety offered by their vehicles. The company is currently innovating to address the challenges of speed, intoxication, and distraction. Some of this work includes looking at how smart speed control and geofencing can automatically limit vehicle speeds near schools and hospitals in the future.

A new vehicle, designed to rise to meet some of this with hands-free driving software built in, is the redesigned 2022 Volvo XC90, which is expected to go on sale later this year. The XC90 is Volvo's best-selling SUV in the U.S. It comes in two- and three-row configurations, is available with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, and routinely is evaluated as having one of the poshest cabins in its class.

Last year, Volvo put $1 million worth of cars on the line to celebrate the more than one million lives saved by the three-point safety belt, a Volvo invention.

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A sufficient amount of torque can help get your trusty steed off the line with ease.

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For many, a pickup truck is as much a daily drivable vehicle as it is a tool for getting the job done. How much horsepower and torque a powertrain puts out is a big part of that. Most want enough to get the job done while keeping an eye toward fuel economy.

What's the difference between horsepower and torque? In simple terms, torque is the pull of the powertrain that gets you off the line from a full stop. Horsepower is what gets you going the speed you want and keeps you there.

Diesel engines tend to have more torque than gasoline-powered engines but have less horsepower. There's no perfect torque to horsepower ratio. It's all about which combination works best for you.

The engines on this list have the highest amount of torque and are available in 2021 model year pickup trucks in the U.S. To see the most powerful pickup trucks ranked by horsepower click here. See the 2020 horsepower champs by clicking here and the 2020 torque winners by clicking here.

No. 5 - 2021 Ford F-150: PowerBoost hybrid powertrain

2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

570 pound-feet of torque

Not surprisingly, Ford's new hybrid F-150 powertrain (a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine paired with a 35-kilowatt electric motor) delivers more torque than almost any other light-duty truck. It's rated at 570 pound-feet, which matches up well with the engine's 430 horsepower to provide up to 12,400 pounds of towing capacity in certain configurations.

No. 4 - 2021 Ram 1500 TRX: Supercharged 6.2-liter V8

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650 pound-feet of torque

The Ram 1500 TRX isn't just the fastest and most powerful light-duty truck on the market, it's also got the most torque. Rated at 650 pound-feet of torque, the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 also produces a staggering 702 horsepower. That's good enough for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds and an 8,100-pound towing capacity.

No. 3 (tie) - 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD: 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

910 pound-feet of torque

General Motors' trucks have attracted attention in recent years for their innovative trailering and tailgate technologies, but both Chevrolet and GMC Heavy Duty trucks are offered with a truly attention-grabbing powertrain. The 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 produces a massive 910 pound-feet of torque, which is in addition to a respectable 445-horsepower output. That gives the trucks a maximum conventional-trailer towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds in some configurations.

No. 3 (tie) - 2021 GMC Sierra 2500 HD: 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8

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910 pound-feet of torque

Under the hood of the GMC Sierra 2500 HD is a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 that produces 910 pound-feet of torque and 445-horsepower, just like the Silverado 2500 above. The truck has a maximum conventional-trailer towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds in some configurations.

No. 2 - 2021 Ram 3500HD: 6.7-liter Cummins diesel V8

2021 Ram 3500HD

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1,000 pound-feet of torque

Here, we enter the realm of outlandish torque numbers. The 2021 Ram Heavy Duty lineup is available with a 6.7-liter C
Cummins diesel V8 that produces 1,000 pound-feet of torque. It's offered in a "normal" output version that makes 850 pound-feet, but the four-digit torque number available in the high-output version is truly headline worthy. Ram says that the 3500 can pull up to 35,100 pounds with this engine on board.

No. 1 - 2021 Ford F-Series Super Duty: 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8

2021 Ford F-Series Super Duty

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1,050 pound-feet of torque

Ford's 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 is the top of the torque hill for 2021. It makes 1,050 pound-feet of the stuff, which is in addition to a solid 475 horsepower. The F-450 truck equipped with the engine can tow up to 37,000 pounds, which is both insane and far above the weight limits for a standard Class A driver's license.

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