With all the excitement over the introduction of the 2015 Ford F-150 earlier this week, the one item not immediately discussed was the fate of the special-edition Raptor and Tremor models. The Raptor has proven one of the most iconic and popular limited-edition models in Ford's lineup and is one of the most-licensed car toys in recent history. But just because a new Raptor or Tremor wasn't announced at the new F-150's launch doesn't mean they'll never return. Ford truck marketing manager Doug Scott confirmed to Automotive News that the Tremor specifically would not return on the 2015 body style.

Considering the brand equity and recognition the Raptor has built over the few years it has been in production, the name is too valuable to completely abandon. As is typically the case when Ford introduces a new generation of a model, it concentrates on the mainstream, high-volume trims in the first model year. The trim levels announced at the F-150's launch were the XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum, and King Ranch, with the FX4 offered as an off-road package.

The Tremor may or may not return, as it was somewhat of a "last hurrah" special trim on the outgoing truck. But the Raptor is sure to emerge at a future date. However, expect an engine other than the 6.2-liter SOHC "Hurricane" V-8, which has been completely eliminated from the 2015 F-150 lineup. One intriguing possibility is a version of the turbocharged 5.0-liter V-8 rumored to be offered in an upcoming GT 350 special-edition Mustang. A 600-hp factory turbocharged Raptor? We can't wait.

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