Ford Bringing Seven Customized F-150 Pickups to SEMA 2015
One Manual Transmission, a Few Supercharged V-8s Stand Out on Partner-Built Trucks
Ford is bringing seven partner-built 2016 F-150 show trucks to the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, bringing a variety of custom takes on the hotselling aluminum pickup. The F-150s will join a spate of similarly styled Explorer and Edge show SUVs at Ford’s booth.
MRTOne of the more interesting entries is the Ford F-150 TKO, customized by MRT (pictured above). Starting with a SuperCab shortbed powered by a 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, MRT fit the pickup with a Tremec Magnum six-speed manual transmission. A large-capacity intercooler and refined boost mapping further the F-150’s performance mission, while an Air Lift lowering kit, Wilwood brakes, an MRT custom rear suspension, and Forgiato 20-inch wheels keep it all planted.
Outside, MRT included all-metal hood heat extractors, a custom rear spoiler, and custom two-tone paint. In the cockpit, Sparco race seats, five-point safety harnesses, a custom rollcage, and custom gauges and switches make the MRT F-150’s performance mission known. Since it’s a race truck, the rear seat has been deleted and replaced with a race gear organizer.
LeerThe good folks who keep your truck bed capped build the Leer Edition Outdoorsman Ford F-150 SuperCrew. Built with the theme “Live larger,” the Leer Edition comes with a K&N intake, DynoMax/Ultra Flo exhaust, and Tune-Logic electronic tuning for the unspecified engine. Additionally, a Rancho 6-inch suspension lift and FUEL 22-inch wheels wrapped in FUEL 35-inch tires elevate the F-150 over the terra not-so-firma.
AMP Research Powersteps ease access into the big pickup, and obviously, a Leer 100XQ bed cap keeps the bed’s contents secure and shielded from the Vegas sun. A Pelican Pro Gear Elite Luggage protective case increases cargo usability, as does a BedRug, a variety of PIAA and Rigid Industries light implements, and an sPOD power distribution system. Two-tone black-and-blue leather seats, a 1,000-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, and tons of interior dress-up parts keep passengers happy. The Leer Edition Outdoorsman looks like a perfect way to get off the beaten path.
Roush PerformanceAs one of the most common tuners to turn a wrench on the Blue Oval, it’s fair to expect something special from Roush Performance. The company hasn’t let us down. Its take on the F-150 is equipped with the mellow, torquey 5.0L V-8, but by equipping it with the company’s own R2300 supercharger, Roush has transformed it into a 650hp, 600–ft-lb tire shredder. With a 3-inch front/5-inch rear lowering kit by Crown Suspension and Power Stop drilled and slotted brake rotors, the F-150 should be able to change direction rather easily as well.
Big 22-inch wheels help with appearance as well, as does a Roush three-piece front grille and wild vehicle wrap. 3M window tint and heated and cooled Katzkin leather seats keep the interior perfectly comfortable.
CGS Performance ProductsThe boldest feature of the CGS Performance Products F-150 is its massive Savini 24-inch wheels, suspended under the truck by a full air suspension by Air Lift. The 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 is augmented by a cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake by CGS, while a Whipple intercooler and Amsoil fluids keep the engine operating properly.
A Leer tonneau (matched in the truck’s custom liquid silver paint); ceramic-painted wheels, mirrors, grille, and exhaust; Raptor Retrofit headlights and grille; and powdercoated suspension bits give the truck a sleek, aggressive look. Alea custom leather adorns the interior, and a Husky Liners cargo box keeps the truck’s usability quotient high.
Air Design USAThe stance on the Air Design USA F-150 is just about perfect. With FUEL 20-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires and Bilstein Lifted performance shocks with remote reservoirs, Air Design created a simpler approach to off-road performance than some of the others, but that fits the truck’s mission as a SEMA showstopper that could actually be built relatively hassle-free in someone’s driveway.
Adding to its rugged appearance is a massive list of Air Design truck accessories: a front bumper guard, hood scoop, fender vents, flared wheel arches, door moldings, floor liners, tailgate spoiler, and tailgate applique give the F-150 even more purose and muscle. A Pace Edwards lockable electric tonneau cover is also very cool. It’s a great-looking truck most F-150 owners could build relatively cheaply, and that makes it a unique kind of SEMA build.
ForgiatoThe sinister, red and black Forgiato F-150 concept is yet another example running a supercharged 5.0L V-8, and we can only imagine the noises it must make. This time, Whipple supplied the blower. Massive 24-inch Forgiato Terra wheels and Nitto tires sit under a 6-inch Rancho lift kit, while Fab Fours bumpers, Rigid Industries lighting, a Leer tonneau, and an Air Design USA full body kit smooth out and butch up the body a bit. Tons of Alea leather can be found inside the truck.
Galpin Auto SportsThe Galpin Auto Sports F-150 concept looks ripe from the pit lane at Le Mans (if Le Mans was a 24-hour Arenacross race). A body featuring beautifully integrated fender arches wears Gulf-inspired blue and orange racing livery, and ADV1 20-inch wheels and Cooper 37-inch tires complete the race-ready look beautifully, while adding some extra ground clearance. Making room for the rolling stock is an Addictive Desert Designs Stage 3 lift kit, with Sway-A-Way front coilovers and rear remote-reservoir shocks. Deaver long-travel leaf springs and Wilwood’s massive 16-inch brake rotors round out the unsprung vehicle components.
Outside, Galpin Auto Sports gave the F-150 a custom machined differential cover, front grille, and puddle lights, and Lighting Firm provided unique LED headlamps. Galpin fit the interior with a custom Diamond Audio sound system, Katzkin leather upholstery, and custom-painted interior trim.
We can’t wait to see all these modern hot rods in Las Vegas when we get there in November, and until then, we’ll be arguing over which one is our favorite. What’s your take?