Ford has announced Sport mode for the aluminum bodied 2015 F-150 pickup truck. Offered on the F-series of pickup trucks for the first time, the performance enhancing mode shares its development with the 2015 Mustang.
The on-demand Sport mode is standard across the 2015 F-150 range. It can be activated by pushing the tow/haul button twice, when active the mode is indicated by an amber S that appears on the lower right side of the tachometer.
The development timelines of the 2015 Mustang and the 2015 F-150 were similar and this led to the vehicles sharing certain parts of the automatic transmission and being tested on similar routes during the development.
Karl Jungbluth, Ford’s transmission calibration engineer, says that the team of engineers realised that the new F-150 with its reduction in weight handled well and responded swiftly to acceleration. Due to this the team decided to incorporate the sport mode capability from the 6-speed automatic transmission offered on the 2015 Mustang to the pickup to enhance driving experience.
The sport mode changes gear shift points under acceleration, keeping the engine at a higher power range while driving over difficult terrain and also enhancing the towing experience. The mode also prevents the transmission shifting up while going uphill and also provides downhill braking support to maintain a steady speed.
The 6-speed automatic transmission gets the feature of matching engine rpm during downshifts while slowing down for a corner; the electronics calibration enabling this feature is also borrowed from the Mustang. The Sport mode can be activated in two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive automatic and four-wheel drive high settings.