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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.
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