A Stick-Shift F-150 at SEMA

October 19, 2015

SEMA YouTube promoMRT will unveil what some people think Ford should have made in the first place

AutoWeek, “Ford trucks into SEMA with slew of F-150s,” Wesley Wren, October 15, 2015

With SEMA fast approaching, Ford previewed the 2016 F-150 pickups that will be present in its ever-expanding booth. The seven full-sizers were graced by MRT, Leer, Roush, CGS, Air Design USA, Forgiato and (of course) Galpin. These shops are tasked with taking these F-150s to edges of the aftermarket world.

The truck from MRT will feature a TREMEC six-speed manual behind the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 -- something we think Ford should have really considered doing for its production models. A QuickTime bellhousing and Exedy clutch and flywheel make the TREMEC Magnum swap possible, but with this being SEMA, a cool stick-shifted F-150 won’t cut the mustard. Nah, MRT will go full-tilt with this hot hauler with extensive performance mods that get the most out of the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6.

SEMA — short for Specialty Equipment Marketing Association — is the biggest aftermarket auto event in the world, held in Las Vegas each fall. The show fills multiple convention halls and shows off everything from high-performance OEM specials to custom wheels and graphics from local shops.

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