Return of the Harley-Davidson F-150

Rob Kinnan Nov 21 2019

Stephen Russo

From 2000 to 2011, Ford and Harley-Davidson (you know, that motorcycle company in Milwaukee) have teamed up to put the Harley touch on F-150 pickups, and in 2002-2003 the package was applied to the supercharged Lightning, which even in stock form was a fast truck. The connection is obvious to fans of both Ford and Harley-Davidson; both companies started business the same year, 1903. The H-D package was mostly appearance-based, with distinctive Harley features. After a few years without the Harley F-150s, the duo is back with a vengeance for 2019 and later.

Stephen Russo

The new H-D trucks are being built by Tuscany Motor Co. in Elkhart, IN, a Ford Motor Company specialty vehicle manufacturer (SVM) in the personal-use segment. Tuscany is the same company that helped design and build the Shelby F-150s as well as the trucks for FTX, Black Ops, and Tonka. Based off the best-selling Ford F-150, the new Harley trucks have distinctive parts and looks that are not available anywhere else—meaning the individual parts are not sold separately to apply to a base F-150, keeping the Harley trucks unique to the name. With the optional supercharger, the 5.0 Coyote makes over 700 horsepower. We grilled Tuscany’s Eric Brown for a more specific number, but he was tight-lipped.

We went to the reveal of the Harley-Davidson F-150 at So-Cal’s enormous Galpin Ford to check out the truck and take it for a drive, and it was pretty impressive. Harley bits are visible throughout, including the orange and black leather seat patter, which is very nice looking. For a 5,200lb 4×4 pickup, it moves good and does 2WD burnouts with ease. It won’t keep up with a Mustang GT of course—you can’t expect a big truck like this to do that—but it’ll embarrass plenty of pedestrian rides and should be killer off-road even though we seriously doubt that very many people laying down almost $100,000 will take it rock-climbing.

Stephen Russo

Tuscany and Ford sold about 70,000 Harley-Davidson F150s from 2002 to 2012, and after seven years off, the demand grew enough that they decided the time was right to team back up again for 2019. Mike Graber, President of Tuscany Motor Co. said, “The demand for the new Harley-Davidson F-150 has been extremely strong. Since the previous generation was powered by a supercharged V8 engine, fans of the super truck have asked for that option on the latest model. To kick off this dealer option, a supercharger will be installed at no cost whenever a new 2019 F-150 Harley-Davidson is purchased from a participating Ford dealer’s current inventory at MSRP.”

A concept of the Harley-Davidson branded truck was displayed at the Harley-Davidson 115-year Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee. Strong reaction to the truck led to the collaboration for an all-new Harley-Davidson F-150. The production version of the 2019 Harley-Davidson F-150 pickup truck was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year, in Ford Motor Company’s exhibit.

Stephen Russo

The 2019 Harley-Davidson F-150 includes over 70 proprietary parts that make the truck stylish, comfortable, and unmistakably Harley-Davidson. Styling was inspired by the famous Harley-Davidson Fat Boy® and CVO® models—the wheels specifically were designed to mimic the H-D Fat Boy motorcyle. The motorcycle inspired components and proprietary parts that add to the aggressive look of the truck. Under the arrangement, Tuscany provides the F-150 and manufactures the interior and exterior components with Harley Davidson’s direction.

The special supercharger offer goes in effect November 13, 2019 and expires on December 31, 2019. Any 2019 F-150 Harley-Davidson truck purchased prior to 11/13/19 is not eligible. This promotion is only valid on new contracts from 11/13/19 through 12/31/19.

Stephen Russo

Tuscany is building 500 Harley-Davidson F-150s for 2019, and after pre-orders there are only 250 left to buy, so if you want one, find a participating Ford dealer now and warm up your checkbook. The base price of the F-150 is $63,738 and after Tuscany’s Harley-Davidson modifications, including the supercharger, the truck is $98,433 out the door. There are only two options: with or without the supercharger; and the color—black, white, or gray. Surprisingly, though we thought black would be by far the most popular color (Harley’s colors and black and orange), Brown told us that customer research showed that black was only favored by 10 percent of potential buyers, white was slightly more popular, and gray was by far the top choice.

Stephen Russo

Stephen Russo

SOURCE: HOT ROD

 

 

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