Smoke 'Em If You Got 'em!
By: Mike Levine Posted: 05-24-07 03:02 PT
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Faced with the tough economic conditions and even tougher competition, Ford isn’t waving the white flag while it waits for the next F-150 to arrive in 2009.  Instead, Ford is adding new models and features to the 2007 and 2008 F-150 lineups and loudly blowing its horn about the current F-150’s capabilities versus new trucks from General Motors and Toyota.

If you’re itching to buy the 2008 Ford Foose F-150 but want to hedge against gas prices jumping over $4 per gallon before you can park one in your driveway, then head on down to a Blue Oval dealer today and order the latest iteration of the Ford Harley-Davidson F-150.

The 2007 Harley F-150 is once again offered as a crew cab – last year’s was only available as an extended cab – plus it adds a new version with an optional twin-screw, Saleen-sourced supercharger under the hood that pumps up the F-150’s naturally aspirated 5.4-liter V8’s horsepower and torque figures by 150-ponies and 135 foot-pounds, to 450-hp / 500 ft-lbs. This is the same powertrain setup that will spin the Foose’s rubber next year. Only the bling is different from Chip’s ride – with embossed Harley-Davidson logos along the side, polished 22-inch chrome wheels, a unique grille, twin tailpipes, and smoked headlights. The all wheel drive system from last year’s Harley F-150 is still available but it only comes sans S/C.

We took the new HD F-150 for a quick spin up and down the track at Ford’s proving grounds in Dearborn, Michigan. The supercharged version is only available with two-wheel drive, so performance lovers who crave attention can burn rubber before launching this truck. Once properly warmed, the tires and motor quickly shoot the truck up to speeds around 110-mph at 4,100 RPM in just under a mile.  Ford has worked with team Saleen to tune the truck’s shift points for optimal performance while siamese-twin exhausts crank out a nice soundtrack at all velocities.

Speed comes at a price though. A supercharged HD F-150 will lighten your wallet by $44,000, or $6,500 more than a base Harley F-150.

Ford is also adding two more F-150 crew cab options at opposite ends of the model spectrum for the 2008 model year. Work truck buyers will be able to order the base model F-150 XL as a SuperCrew four door for the first time, while luxury buyers will be able to order a highline ‘Limited Package’ version of the Lariat SuperCrew.

The F-150 XL SuperCrew will come standard with power side mirrors, an AM/FM and CD stereo, overhead console, color keyed carpet and floor mats, and 40/20/40-split cloth front seat with manual lumbar controls for the driver.

You can have any color Limited Package Lariat SuperCrew you want as long as it’s white sand metallic. The monochromatic paint job covers every exterior surface, including the bumpers, billet grille, and tops of the side mirrors. The LP SCrew borrows its 22-inch polished aluminum wheels from the Harley F-150 but differentiates the rims with painted inner highlights and unique center caps. The interior has two-tone soft leather seating surfaces and a spun-silver instrument cluster.  Only about 5,000 of these trucks will be produced and each one will carry a numbered commemorative plaque on the ashtray and dash.

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