Live from Dearborn: Driving the Harley Davidson F-150

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The most powerful vehicle we got to try out during Ford's 2008 model year preview in Dearborn was the new F-150 Harley-Davidson edition. The Harley truck gets the supercharged 5.4L V-8 similar to the one in the GT500. In the 2WD crew-cab pickup the engine spins out 450hp and 500lb-ft of torque.

Ford specifically told the assembled group not to do any tire spinning since they didn't want any rubber stripes on the test surfaces, but some judicious use of the throttle allowed us to still experience some serious acceleration even without a smoky burnout. If you decide you need to change direction at speed you'd better find something to brace yourself against because although the seats appear to have some nominal side bolsters, they provide exactly zero lateral support.

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The optional gauge pod is mounted in the center of the broad expanse of the dashboard, making the small boost and intake air temperature readouts pretty much unreadable to the driver, especially if you happened to be trying to find something to brace yourself against. The Harley pickup is only available in rear wheel drive form and a single lap of the high-speed look didn't really give us an opportunity evaluate the handling or braking capabilities. The suspension is definitely stiff and even the slight ripples in the surface could be felt in the unloaded truck. Eric recently had a chance to spend a little more seat time in a Harley and will be posting a full review soon. In the meantime check out the video.

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