Ford's co-branding effort with Harley-Davison has been successful enough to stick around this long, as the Blue Oval has just introduced the 2007 model. Based on the F-150 SuperCrew 4x2 configuration, the new Harley-Davison special differentiates itself from last year's model in one area in particular: power. Last year's model ran with the standard 5.4L Triton V8 churning out 300 horsepower and 365 ft-lbs. of torque. The 2007 model, however, adds a supercharger from SALEEN, the same one used on the Shelby GT500, to increase the Triton's bottom line to 450 hp and 500 ft-lbs. of torque. It appears that the option for all-wheel drive that was touted so heavily on the 2006 model has been sacrificed at the alter of more power, as well.
The decision to add the supercharger appears to have been influenced by the F-150 FX2 Sport Extreme concept that debuted last November at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. That concept also had a supercharged 5.4L Triton V8 producing the same numbers as the 2007 F-150 Harley-Davison. The SEMA concept looked fierce wearing a set of GT500 wheels, though the 2007 Harley-Davison rolls on a set of substantial 22-inch chrome wheels with five split-spokes.
We like the Harley-Davison's new grille sporting six thin bars cast in chrome, and owners will have a choice of dressing their truck in either ebony black or dark amethyst. Badging has been kept to a minimum with the requisite Harley-Davison emblem on the front fenders, and "Harley Davison" written in 3D chrome letters along the bedsides. The exterior is rather unadorned and minimalist, almost stealth. There's no need to advertise you're driving a truck with 450 horses underhood until someone wants to find out for themselves at a stoplight.
Those interested in adding this ninth iteration of the F-150 Harley-Davison to their collection will face a base price of $37,210, which includes a $925 destination charge. Follow the jump to read Ford's full press-release, and check out the truck from every angle in our high-res gallery.
UPDATE: We should've pointed out that the supercharger and intercooler that gets your F-150 Harley-Davison to 450 horsepower is a $6,500 option.
SUPERCHARGED 2007 FORD F-150 HARLEY-DAVIDSON PACKS A POWERFUL PUNCH
- Ford F-150 supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission delivers 450 horsepower and 500 pounds-feet of torque.
- Ford responds to customer demand bringing F-150 performance concept to market in eight months.
- Ford-Harley co-branding partnership flourishes – with 60,000 pickups sold since 1999.
- DEARBORN, Mich., May 23, 2007 – America's best-selling, most capable full-size pickup now delivers the horsepower to make it one of the most powerful half-ton pickups on the market. The 450 horsepower supercharged Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson™ Super Crew 4x2 hits the road this summer.
Born from tremendous customer reaction to the F-150 performance truck concept that was on display at the November 2006 SEMA show, the supercharged F-150 Harley-Davidson™ packs the extra power punch that Ford truck enthusiasts have been demanding.
"Ford is the truck leader because we pay attention to what our customers want and move quickly to meet their needs," said Ben Poore, Ford Truck group marketing manager. "They told us they wanted a performance equipped truck so we worked with Saleen to bring the supercharged F-150 Harley-Davidson™ to market in rapid fashion."
The supercharged F-150 Harley Davidson™ is available in ebony black or dark amethyst with plenty of gleaming chrome, 22-inch oversized wheels and tires and a custom scalloped stripe that runs along the beltline that creates a glued-to-the-ground appearance. " Harley-Davidson" script runs along the bedside in three-dimensional chrome letters. Blacked-out headlamps and a unique chrome billet grille give it a distinctive, bold front-end.
Among other highlights:
- The SALEEN supercharger option is available through Ford dealers for $6500 MSRP. Base F-150 Harley-Davidson™ pricing starts at $37,210 MSRP including $925 destination and delivery.
- The twin-screw supercharger is the same style as the one in the Shelby GT-500.
- A dual-stage water-to-air intercooler increases the supercharger's efficiency and adds performance by cooling the intake air.
- The volume from the exhaust is cranked up into a sustained growl.
- An available gauge pod with boost (PSI) and air-charge temperature (ACT) gauges monitors the system's performance.
The 2007 F-150 Harley-Davidson™ truck is the ninth model to emerge from a Ford/Harley-Davidson™ partnership that began in 1999. The co-branding of the two storied 104-year-old companies has proven to be a successful formula with total sales of Ford F-Series Harley-Davidsons™ of nearly 60,000 units.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With more than 280,000 employees and more than 100 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo, Aston Martin and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.fordvehicles.com.
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the group of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Buell Motorcycle Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight street, custom and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel and general merchandise. As a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Buell Motorcycle Company produces sport motorcycles in addition to motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc. provides wholesale and retail financing and insurance programs to Harley-Davidson/Buell dealers and customers.