Ford’s monster F250 ute is back in black with the Tuscany Black Ops edition from importers Performax International.

The big, no make that huge, American pickup makes its debut at the National 4X4 & Outdoor Expo next week in Brisbane.

The flagship of Performax’s new range of Tuscany-enhanced F-Series Fords, Black Ops looks the goods, with a 6-inch lift kit, exclusive 20-inch wheels, 37-inch tyres — wrapped in all-black paintwork, badging and external hardware.

Its 6.7 litre V8 turbo diesel produces 335kW of power and a staggering 1268Nm of torque.

The V8 diesel is paired with with a six-speed auto and on-the-fly four-wheel drive, and has a five-tonne towing capacity unmatched by mass-market utes and 4WDs sold in Australia.

All this machismo doesn’t come cheap, however.

Priced from $199,000 plus on-roads, the Black Ops will be the centerpiece of Performax’s display at the National 4X4 & Outdoor Expo at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds from March 16-18.

Performax International has been appointed as an official agent for the Tuscany range, which is manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana, and sold in the United States exclusively through Ford dealerships.

Also available in right-hand drive through Performax International and its national dealer network will be the Tuscany Black Ops F-150, the FTX F-150 and F-250, bright-yellow Tonka and GMC Concept One.

The Tuscany Black Ops, FTX and Tonka are based on America’s biggest-selling pickup, the Ford F-Series Super Duty, which Performax has been building with full-volume, right-hand drive compliance at its Queensland factory since 2014.

Black Ops standard features include:

  • 20″ Stealth Black Tuscany Black Ops wheels
  • 37″ tyres
  • Heavy-duty Tuscany performance-tuned shocks with black boots
  • Dual steering stabilisers
  • Black Ops powder-coated bull bar with integrated LED light
  • Painted black fender vents and flares
  • Painted door cladding with Black Ops logos
  • “Black Ops by Tuscany” exterior badging
  • Black Ops embroidered patches in headrest
  • American flag patches in headrest
  • Black Ops embroidered carpet floor mats
  • 3-Year, 100,000km warranty

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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