Ford has announced plans to offer a Sport Mode for the F-150 sourced from the new Mustang.

Ford has announced plans to offer a Sport Mode for the F-150 sourced from the new Mustang.

Available with the six-speed automatic transmission, the Sport Mode can be engaged by pushing the tow/haul mode button twice and upon activation an amber "S" will appear in the lower-right area of the tachometer. Ford says the F-150 with Sport Mode turned on will achieve "the sweet spot of the powerband" and will also hold the lower gears longer. As a consequence, there will be less shifting and the transmission will automatically hold a specific gear longer to enable a more exciting ride.

Moreover, Ford mentions the Sport Mode will grant faster accelerations with less pedal travel and the end result is compared to an aftermarket modification, but obviously without voiding the warranty. Interestingly, the gearbox's electronics calibration has been sourced from the Mustang and this six-speed auto will be able to match engine rpm during downshifts.

Available as standard equipment with all engines, the Sport Mode can be turned on in 2WD, 4WD and 4WD high settings and according to Ford's transmission calibration engineer Karl Jungbluth it will keep the engine running in the desired power and torque ranges, so the driver will be able to take advantage of the engine's force at all times.

Those who want a real sporty F-150 will have to wait for the Raptor version which is programmed to go on sale in the fall of 2016 with a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine developing more than 411 bhp (306 kW) and 434 lb-ft (587 Nm) of torque. All that power will be channeled via a ten-speed automatic transmission to an all-new four-wheel drive system featuring a torque-on-demand transfer case.

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