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Ford's mastery of the performance truck market also gives potential owners an option when choosing which truck to buy.

According to Jim Hossack, vice president at AutoPacific Inc., a top automotive research and consulting company, "Ford has it nailed for performance. They receive two A++ scores for two outstanding trucks."

But while there is no disputing the pure performance figures of the Lightning, Hossack is quick to point out that, "a truck like the Harley-Davidson SuperCrew is what the public wants because it capitalizes on the trend of increasing cab sizes."

"The mix of crew cab and extended cab pickups continues to climb as a percentage of total truck sales each year. (As a result), what you tend to see with SVT Lightnings is typically a low-mileage truck. It has better performance but the two door cab configuration limits its usage when compared to the Harley's four door cab."

"The Harley is more of a daily driver that can stray far from home. Owners will likely use this truck to tow a bike," Hossack says, "something they probably wouldn't do with a Lightning."

Hossack does add, "The only real drawback to the Harley truck is the price. These are not inexpensive pickups." With a sticker price of over $37,000, I agree.

You get quite a package for the money though that also includes a very special high end interior to complement the engine and exterior.

Four black and gray hard leather captains chairs sporting Harley-Davidson logos provide upscale and comfortable seating. Turn on the optional seat heaters if it's cold or you want to add to the Harley aura and simulate what it might be like to have a V-Twin engine directly under your butt.

A storage console between the driver and front passenger seats is covered with a second Willy G. flame pattern, embossed in leather, while rear passengers get a huge storage compartment to share that looks slightly out of place in the truck.

The instrument panel is covered with burnished metal gauges that include a 130-mph speedometer while the stereo includes an optional 6-disc CD player. It's all well laid out in typical F-Series fashion.

An individually sequenced VIN plate on center console rounds out the list of unique touches that set this SuperCrew far apart from the rest of Ford's pickups.

A truck like the Harley-Davidson F-150 SuperCrew attracts the attention of car and truck owners alike. With a limited supply of only 12,000 trucks available for 2002, if you are interested in this truck you better move fast because sales are sure to match its performance.

2002 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 SuperCrew Specs As Tested
5.4L Supercharged Triton V8
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
20" Chrome Aluminum Wheels
P275/45R20 Eagle GT II Tires
High Performance Muffler with Chrome Tips
4 Wheel Disc Brakes
3.73 Limited Slip Rear Axle
Heavy Duty Front Stabilizer Bar
Power Windows / Door Locks
Lowered Ride Height
Power Steering
25 Gallon Fuel Tank
Black and Chrome Accented Interior
Quad Captains Chairs with Harley-Davidson Logo
Power Driver's Seat
Overhead Console with Compass and Temperature Indicator
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
AM/FM Premium Stereo with Single CD
Front / Rear Floormats
Homelink and Travelnote
Unique Harley-Davidson F-150 Supercharged Fender Badge
Chrome Side Nerf Bars
Chrome Grille Insert and Surround
Front Valance with Fog Lamps
Flame Pattern Body Stripe
Driver / Passenger Airbags
Unique Box Mat
Securilock Anti-Theft System
Roadside Assistance
Child Seat Safety Tethers
36 month / 36,000 mile Bumper to Bumper Warranty
Preferred Equipment Package 508A
Front License Plate Bracket N/C
California Emissions N/C
Cargo Cage / Bed Extender $195.00
Harley-Davidson Package N/C
6-Disc CD Changer $295.00
Total Vehicle and Options: $36,270.00
Destination and Delivery: $740.00

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