2002 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 SuperCrew
Michael Levine © PickupTruck.com,
Posted: 08-23-02 20:00
Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 SuperCrew is damn near a perfect pickup.
driven the Harley for a week it's hard to believe a truck this good could
get any badder but Ford has taken the third iteration of this truck to
the next level, successfully pumping up power and attitude in an extremely
fun and practical package.
moment you spot it parked on the street to starting it up to stepping
on the accelerator, it becomes readily apparent that this year's truck
is certainly worthy of wearing the hallowed Harley-Davidson badge.
In fact it's
almost a shame to consider this a pickup truck when it's really a piece
of art meant to be displayed and admired cruising on the highway. Granted,
it's a 340-horsepower piece of art that can do 0 to 60 in 6.22 seconds,
according to Truck Trend magazine.
Harley I drove sported 20-inch chromed 5 spoke wheels skinned with low
profile 45 aspect Goodyear Eagles, a beefy billet grille, chrome side
nerf bars and orange flame pattern pinstripe running the length of the
truck. The flame was personally created and hand-drawn by Harley Davidson's
famous stylist Willie G. on the pilot truck and captured for reproduction
on the 2002 model.
with the larger wheels and tires nicely filling out the wheel wells, this
truck drew plenty of admirers on the freeway and in parking lots with
its clean aggressive looks.
key and the Harley SuperCrew rumbles to life with a Hog-worthy exhaust
note that always penetrated the cabin as a constant reminder of the heritage
this truck carries.
Step on the
accelerator and the throaty exhaust is supplemented with the high pitched
whine of an Eaton supercharger riding atop the Harley's 5.4-liter Triton
is a brand new addition for 2002 that finally gives the Harley the performance
boost it desperately needed to back up its bad boy image. It adds 80 more
horses over last year's truck and 75 more ft-lbs. of torque, for a grand
total of 340hp and 425ft-lbs. Top speed has been boosted to 125-mph.
the highway or passing other vehicles is a breeze because 6,700 pounds
won't move any quicker than this truck. Don't expect to get the best handling
in the world though on twisty roads. You definitely feel the forces of
physics causing moderate body roll in tight S-turns.
SuperCrew still has 40 less horsepower than Ford's reigning performance
champ the SVT Lightning, currently the fastest production pickup in the
world, but it's plenty fast for everyday driving or exploring the darker
side of your nature.
And for those
who can't resist, you could always swap out the larger pulley on the Harley's
supercharger to bring it more in line with the Lightning's capabilities.