Something Harley This Way Comes
First Look:
2008 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150
By: Mike Levine Posted: 08-07-07 22:30 PT
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Ford Motor Company has published pictures of the 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150, along with confirmation that the 450-horsepower Saleen-sourced twin-screw supercharger will be back.

The tenth edition of the Ford-Harley union celebrates Harley's 105th anniversary, and likely marks the last version of the HD we'll see on the current F-150 platform until after the new 2009 F-150 arrives.

Changes include: a new black and 'vintage copper' paint scheme and all-new 5-spoke 22s - to further differentiate the Harley's exterior from the 2008 Lariat Limited - and big interior revisions.

The seats, center console, and steering wheel sport new tan leather highlights and the instrument cluster trades its old spun aluminum background for matte black wallpaper.

We're expecting that performance, ride, and handling will be identical to the 2007 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 recently driven during our Craftsman Truck, Harley, Lariat Limited smorgasbord story.

Also look for a similarly styled, Hogzilla-sized Super Duty version of the Harley. No word on engine upgrades but Edmunds.com has clear spy photos.

More details below in Ford's Press Release:

DEARBORN, mich., Aug. 8, 2007 - The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 – the most powerful factory F-Series truck ever – races onto streets this fall to help the famed motorcycle maker and automaker kick off their 105th anniversary celebrations.  The new, limited-edition truck is the third supercharged Ford Harley-Davidson F-150, following the best-selling 2002 and 2003 models that were part of more than 60,000 of the specialty trucks sold since 1999.

"Ford Harley-Davidson trucks have turned a shared passion for open roads into one of the most successful alliances in the industry," says Todd Eckert, Ford Truck and SUV communications manager.  "The new 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 perfectly blends the flexibility and capability of F-Series trucks with the free spirit and raw power of Harley-Davidson motorcycles – the principles that continue to drive both companies after 105 years."

This anniversary edition F-150 honors the humble beginnings of two American icons in 1903.  The truck is available as SuperCrew 4x2 or all-wheel-drive models and features a choice of Black monochromatic exterior with custom stripe running along the beltline or an available Black and Vintage Copper two-tone exterior paint.

The purposeful exteriors are complemented by other features that signal the truck’s connection to Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  They include:

  • Unique chrome billet grille and lower front valance.
  • Body color bumper, mirror caps, ground effects, door and tailgate handles.
  • Blacked-out headlamps with black bulb shield and dark tinted, smoked-out taillamps.
  • Windshield with Bar & Shield logo dot pattern and Alliance logo.
  • New 22-inch polished forged-aluminum wheels with the Bar & Shield logo on center caps.
  • Forged aluminum "105th Anniversary Harley-Davidson F-150" Medallions on the fenders and tailgate.
  • Chrome dual exhaust tips and tie-down hooks.
  • Rubber bed mat with HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo.

The Vintage Copper and Black color scheme is carried onto the interior that features Black/Dusted Copper leather-trimmed front captain’s chairs and rear bench seat with die-cast Bar & Shield logos embedded in the leather. Other interior features are:

  • Two-tone leather shifter, console lid and steering wheel.
  • High-gloss piano black floor console and center stack with the Bar & Shield logos, as well as chrome vent rings and unique instrument cluster.
  • Serialized nickel plate displaying the production VIN and number.
  • Brushed stainless steel pedals.

The center stack, matching door-trim panels and lower part of the windshield feature numerous miniature Bar & Shield logos.  In fact, the center stack panel was inspired by similar panels found on certain Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Powertrain options include a standard 300 horsepower 5.4-liter Triton V-8 or an available Saleen intercooled, supercharged, V-8 that pumps out an impressive 450 horsepower and 500 lbs.-ft. of torque. Along with the engine upgrades, the Saleen performance package, available on the 4x2 only, includes an available gauge pod with boost and air-charge temperature gauges.

The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 truck is the tenth model to emerge from a Ford Harley-Davidson Alliance that began in 1999.  The co-branding of the two storied companies has proven to be a successful formula with sales of Ford Harley-Davidson F-Series trucks totaling more than 60,000 units.

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