2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition
This is the F-150 for those who want to intimidate everyone that gets in their wayby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 10:10
Much of the pickup world’s attention has been on the Tesla Cybertruck these days, but before anyone starts to forget, the Ford F-150 remains the king of all trucks. It’s the standard-bearer in the segment, a distinction it has it more than earned. The F-150 also carries the distinction of being one of the most customizable trucks in the segment. It’s versatile enough that it can even spawn special edition models, one of which comes to us by way of Ford’s relationship with Indiana-based Tuscany Motor Company. The two companies are responsible for the F-150 Black Ops trucks, a special edition set that pays tribute to the armed forces of the United States. It just so happens that a Ford dealership, Brown Lee Ford, has an F-150 Black Ops, so if you’re looking for a special edition F-150 with serious upgrades throughout, we might just have found the one for you. The 2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops is priced at $88,525.
2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition
- Lead Foot Gray paint finish
- New front bumper with an integrated off-road LED light bar
- Functional ram-air hood
- Large fenders and fender flares
- Rocker moldings with Black Ops badges
- Black powder-coated exhaust tips
- Tonneau cover
- Six-inch lift kit
- 20-inch Black Ops wheels
- 35-inch tires
The Ford F-150 Black Ops is dressed a Lead Foot Gray paint finish, and it has enough upgrades to turn the F-150 into a mountain on four wheels.
The F-150 Black Ops is special for a multitude of reasons, beginning with all the extra panels and equipment it’s wearing. There’s a new and admittedly menacing front bumper that now comes with an integrated off-road LED light bar, flanked by a pair of on-road driving lamps. Other than the lighting fixtures, everything in the front is coated in the same Lead Foot Gray paint, including the F-150’s front grille and the Ford badge affixed right in the middle of it. The truck’s hood also gets a makeover in the form of a functional ram-air hood that should feed enough air to the truck’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine.
Move to the sides and you’ll immediately notice the massive fender flares and fender vents.
The wider fender flares are necessary, in part, because of the insane amount of chassis and suspension tweaks.
Rocker moldings with the obligatory Black Ops badging are also present on the lower ends of the doors.
Over at the rear, there are black powder-coated exhaust tips that are connected to a heavily upgraded exhaust system. Well discuss the latter later, but those exhaust tips are no less important in establishing the V-8 engine’s throaty sound when the F-150 Black Ops comes to life. A tonneau cover is also part of the package, as is often the case when it comes to special edition F-150 models.
All of these upgrades play important roles in establishing the F-150 Black Ops identity and functionality. But you can’t paint a proper picture of the special edition truck without mentioning the set of massive 20-inch Black Ops wheels and the even more massive 35-inch tires. Tuscany even had to raise the F-150’s ride height by six inches to accommodate all that rubber. The Ford F-150 Black Ops towers over just about every version of the F-150 you can think of. Then again, if you’re going by the Black Ops special edition name, there’s no other way around it.
- Fancy leather seats with embossed Black Ops badging
- American flag details in the cabin
- Faux carbon fiber trim on the dashboard
- Custom Black Ops instrument cluster
- SYNC 3 infotainment system
- Eight-inch touchscreen
- 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
The interior isn’t as loaded on the exclusive bits, but there are some unique touches.
The seats are dressed in fancy leather with embossed Black Ops badging thrown in for good measure. American flags are also found inside the truck’s cabin. These are fitting reminders on the inspiration behind the F-150 Black Ops special edition trucks. To drive up the premium feel of the cabin, Ford and Tuscanny also added a carbon fiber trim on the dashboard. It’s not real carbon fiber, but it still looks like the real thing. I suppose that counts in the bigger scheme of things. A custom Black Ops instrument cluster is also present.
For the most part, the interior of the Ford F-150 is easy to get used to. The seats are comfortable and the added comfort provided by the fancy leather is a big bonus. The whole space isn’t as upscale as some of its rivals, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anything to complain about. Quality materials are abundant, not including the ones added by Tuscany. There’s good space, too, for the driver and his passengers, and the dash setup is very functional. The controls, buttons, and switches are all neatly arranged, leaving little room to get confused regarding what functions do what.
On the tech side of things, the F-150 has plenty of options on the table, inlcuding,
- A twin-panel moon roof
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- SYNC 3 infotainment system
- 8-inch touch screen display
- 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
- Satellite radio
- Wi-Fi hot spot.
Ford’s SYNC 3 system, in particular, is a boon to the F-150, including the Black Ops Edition. It’s very user-friendly and the intuitive interface and responsive touch screen make for smooth and seamless operation. You can even connect your smartphone courtesy of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It’s easy to look at the Ford F-150 Black Ops Special Edition and see it for its purpose. But don’t forget. There’s also more than meets the eye when it comes to an identity-stamped vehicle like the Ford F-150.
Powertrain and Performance
- 5.0-liter V-8 engine
- 395 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 400 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm
- 10-speed automatic transmission
- 0 to 60 mph 6.8 seconds
- Quarter-mile 15.2 seconds
- 16 mpg city/ 22 mpg highway
- 2,080 pounds max payload
- 7,000 pounds max towing
The 2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition is based on the F-150 Lariat trim.
The accompanying engine is a 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 395 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 400 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. A 10-speed automatic transmission comes standard, and it’s responsible for sending all that power and torque to all the truck’s wheels. It takes the pickup roughly 6.8 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and 15.2 seconds to hit the quarter-mile. Those aren’t world-beating numbers, but they are decent relative to the size of the F-150.
In standard guise, the F-150 Lariat also returns 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. It also boasts a maximum payload of 2,080 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.
|Horsepower||395 HP @ 5,750 RPM|
|Torque||400 LB-FT 4,000 RPM|
|0 to 60 mph||6.8 seconds|
|Quarter mile time||15.2 seconds|
|Towing capacity||7,000 pounds|
|Fuel economy city/highway||16/22 mpg|
I mention all of these figures in the context of a standard F-150 Lariat because all the modifications that Ford and Tuscany added to the F-150 Black Ops make some of these numbers valid to interpretation. Neither Ford nor Tuscany disclosed the F-150 Black Ops’ actual performance figures, but you can be sure that with all the suspension changes, it’s going to be hard to imagine the F-150 Black Ops clearing 60 mph in the same time as the standard F-150 Lariat. Perhaps a little over seven seconds is a little more palatable as far as guessing how fast the special edition truck can cover 60 mph from an idle position. Likewise, fuel mileage could also be different, in part because of the excess weight the F-150 Black Ops is carrying. The differences shouldn’t be earth-shaking, but if you’re expecting the F-150 Black Ops to retain the same 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway returns as the F-150 Lariat, you might end up being disappointed.
On the flip side, there is the possibility that the F-150 Black Ops Edition can tow more than 7,000 pounds now given its reinforced suspension. I don’t expect maximum payload to change much from the 2,080-pound capacity of the standard F-150 Lariat, but it would be a welcome surprise if the F-150 Black Ops can carry more than it’s capable of with the exclusive setup in place.
Pricing and Availability
Brown Lee Ford has priced its 2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition at $88, 525.
That said, certain discounts come into effect should you choose to buy it. A dealership discount of $4,525 is on the table. Brown Lee Ford is also throwing in a $750 “Select Inventory Retail Customer Cast” and a $2,000 “F-Series Retail Customer Cash” discount. Add these up and you’re looking at savings amounting to $7,275. That brings down the total cost of the 2019 Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition to $81,250.
Ok, so it’s still a steep price to pay for an F-150 that typically costs a shade under $50,000. You’re basically spending an extra $30,000 or so for the chance to own this specific exclusive F-150. This is when you have to ask yourself. Is it worth it to spend an extra $30,000 to own one of the most unique special edition F-150 trucks you’ll see on the road? Or is it worth it to just buy a $50,000 F-150 Lariat and spend the rest of that money hitting aftermarket shops and looking for a better deal to score all the truck’s exclusive features at a lower cost?
I’d tell you to just buy the Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition and save yourself from all the hassle. But that’s just me.
The Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition practically sells itself. The aesthetics are cool and all the functional additions are important in establishing a unique identity that fits the purpose of the Black Ops Edition. I’m not as sold on the truck’s price even with the discounts in place, but I certainly wouldn’t hold it against anyone if they decide to make the splurge. You don’t get to see a Ford-sanctioned F-150 that looks as imposing as the Black Ops Edition. You don’t get to see an F-150 that pays tribute to the armed forces of the U.S. in a subtle yet effective way. And you don’t get to see an F-150 that literally towers over a lot of the competition. You get all of these if you buy the Ford F-150 Black Ops Edition. All of these, and a whole lot more.