Contrasting with the new spartan Chevrolet Silverado also tested in this issue, we test this flamboyant metallic Ruby Red King Ranch model of the Ford F-150. As before, the King Ranch models of the Ford F-150 are uniquely packaged variants of the class-leading full-size truck. The treatments are mostly cosmetic combined with heavier-handed generosity in the cabin. Who wouldn’t want more creature comforts directly inspired by your profession?
The King Ranch special model has been around for the Ford F-150 since 2001. The actual King Ranch was founded in 1853 by Richard King in what is now Kingsville, Texas. The King Ranch is said to consume over 825,000 acres and is regarded as the largest in North America. The “Running W” brand that the Ranch and Ford Trucks use today first saw duty in the 1860s, and was officially registered in 1869. The King Ranch is supposedly running a current fleet of more than 350 Ford vehicles and the variant accounts for over 40% of the sales in Texas.
The interior uses unique Java Kingsville leather; the audio system is a fabulous 10-speaker 1,000-watt Band & Olufsen. There is perhaps way too much chrome all over the truck beginning with the two-bar grille with Caribou inserts, thick genuine woodgrain trim, Twin Panel Moonroof, Spray-in Bedliner, sensible conveniences such as lane-keeping assist, active park assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, BOXLINK™ (a flexible universal pickup box interface), LED-Box lighting, quad-beam LED headlights, LED foglamps, mirrors have LED spotlights, ambient interior lighting, 8-inch productivity screen in between the analog instrument gauge, 8-inch infotainment screen with SYNC3, automatic powered step-boards with matching angular Caribou treatment, box-side steps for easier side bed loading, tailgate step with tailgate lift assist, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and Dynamic Hitch Assist among so much more standard equipment. The King Ranch isn’t cheap but you do see and feel where the extra cash went.
The 275/55R20 113T Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires were quieter than expected and performed generally well even on aggressive corners. As always, the big truck is a special challenge to park in the city, but it is considerably easier now thanks to the brighter and more accurate split-view 360-degree cameras.
You could get this King Ranch because of its bespoke packaging combined with the high-output version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost pumping out 450 bhp with 510 lb-ft of torque (yes, the same powerplant found in the new Lincoln Navigator Black Label) and even get a larger 136-liter fuel tank up from 98-liters, for example. Honestly, the Ford F-150 is the king not because of this variant but because it can be outfitted to suit almost every demand from buyers while maintaining its exemplary build quality and performance.
|Cylinder Head||dohc 32V|
|Fuel Injector||Direct Injection, Ti-VCT|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||395 bhp @ 5750 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||400 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm|
|Top Speed||170 km/h (106 mph) Governed|
|0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph||5.9 sec.|
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
|Fuel Milage (km/l)||16 mpg City / 22 mpg Highway|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||US$ 65,675.00|
|What's Great||Opulent full-size truck, brisk, well appointed, effortless and capacious.|
|What's Not So||Best that the buyer is a genuine rancher, twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost is the better engine to have for the truck.|
|C! Editors Rating||9.5/10|