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2010-08-12 09:49

Ford’s F-series bakkie and Harley-Davidson. American heavy metal at its best.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ford
Model F-150 Harley
Engine 6.2l V8
Power 308kW @ 5 500r/min
Torque 558Nm @ 4 500r/min
Transmission Six-speed auto
Tyres P275/45/R22
STURGIS, South Dakota - If you’re going to launch a Ford truck and call it the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 then this hideaway town, home of the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, is the place to do it.

The annual beer, boeps and bikes extravaganza was on this week and the Ford US marketing department moved in en masse with the new 6.2-litre, seven-seater monstermachine, the latest in a series of such double-cabs to be associated with the iconic bike brand.

With its authentic styling and its big V8, this F-150 is, Ford says, the most powerful and capable Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 yet.

Eric Kuehn, chief engineer, said: “The 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 perfectly blends the flexibility and capability of F-Series trucks with the free spirit of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Both companies have a passion for the road and we believe that shines through in our specialised truck.”

The ongoing collaboration between the two American icons of the open road has produced nine  F-150 models and six Super Duty F-250 and F-350 models and in 2009 the first Harley-Davidson F-450 edition truck.

The exterior of the 2011 version has a bold front and a six-bar, billet-style satin chrome grille as well as “Harley-Davidson” satin chrome badging. It’s also been dropped and given a standard, fully integrated, deployable running board.

Also standard are 22-inch Euroflange forged wheels with a polished centre cap and low-profile performance tyres. The paint selection is classic Harley-Davidson – Tuxedo Black and Ingot Silver.

New graphics on the bonnet and sides have been executed in an engine-turned finish and feature satin chrome “Harley-Davidson” lettering. The graphics recall the “speed scallops” used on hot rods.

Interior trim panels are covered in Tuxedo Black paint, the doors’ scuff plates and console lid also have the engine-turned finish. All interior chromed surfaces feature a new satin finish. Premium leather seats come with accent colour inserts and a unique badge.

Ford says it tapped into its racing heritage to create the 6.2-litre V8 with its big-bore architecture and two spark plus per cylinder to produce impressive power and torque. The new gasoline engine delivers 306kW and 588Nm.

Mike Harrison, Ford’s V8 engine programme manager, said: “This engine has tons of torque and has already been proven in the field in the F-150 SVT Raptor but, for the Harley-Davidson edition, the exhaust has been tuned to feature a throaty V8 rumble its buyers will love.”

Ford also says the 2011 Harley F-150 adds plenty of tech, including an 11cm LCD screen to display menus, fuel consumption and towing performance.

It’s activated through a five-way button on the steering wheel and set between the tacho and speedometer.

There’s voice-activated satnav that integrates destination entry, aircon and the truck’s satellite radio and luxury features include a power moon roof, rear-view camera, heatable rear seats and remote-controlled engine starting.

But it’s the Harley-Davidson customisation that sets this F-150 apart. Examples are the seats and console lid with their handmade badges produced by the same company that makes badges for Harley motorcycles. The centre console has a limited-edition serial plate.

Design manager Brad Richards said: “We take the creation of the Ford Harley-Davidson trucks very seriously but it’s also something with which we have a lot of fun. We hope that comes through in each truck.

“We want them to exude the same bold personality as the legendary motorcycles – we take two brands that are undeniably unique and forge a product that embodies the best qualities of both.”


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