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  • 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson? F-150 combines the smooth handling and legendary durability of America?s best-selling line of trucks with the authentic styling of Harley-Davidson
  • A new 6.2-liter V8 engine is now standard, making it the most powerful and capable Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 ever offered. The engine, which debuted earlier this year on the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor, delivers 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and maximum trailer tow capacity of 9,300 pounds
  • New standard content for 2011 includes the voice-activated Navigation System, a 4.2-inch productivity screen, power moonroof and Remote Start System
<p>STURGIS, S.D., Aug. 10, 2010 ? The 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson? F-150 combines two rich traditions into an extraordinary package for customers who crave capability and long for the open road. With authentic styling, a new standard 6.2-liter V8 engine and plenty of technology upgrades, it?s the most powerful and capable Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 yet.</p>
<p>?The new 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 perfectly blends the flexibility and capability of F-Series trucks with the free spirit of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles,? said Eric Kuehn, chief engineer. ?Both companies have a passion for the road, which shines through in our specialized truck.?</p>
<p>The successful collaboration between these two icons of the open road has produced nine F-150 models, as well as six Super Duty F-250 and F-350 models, and in 2009, the first Harley-Davidson F-450 edition truck. The exterior of the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson? F-150 offers a bold front fascia and six-bar-shaped billet-style satin chrome grille and boasts ?Harley-Davidson? satin chrome badging. The truck also has a lowered appearance because of a standard, fully integrated deployable running board.</p>
<p>Also standard are 22-inch Euroflange forged wheels with a polished center wheel cap and low-profile performance tires. The paint selection is classic Harley-Davidson ? Tuxedo Black and Ingot Silver.</p>
<p>New graphics on the hood and body side of the truck are executed in an engine-turned finish and feature dimensional satin chrome ?Harley-Davidson? lettering. The graphics are reminiscent of the ?speed scallops? used on hot rods.</p>
<p>Interior trim panels are covered in Tuxedo Black paint, while the door scuff plate and console lid also carry the engine-turned finish. All interior chrome surfaces feature a new satin finish. Premium leather-trimmed seats come with accent color inserts and a unique cloisonn?adge.</p>
<p>New engine, more powerFord tapped into a bit of its proud racing heritage to create the new 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, which uses big-bore architecture to produce impressive horsepower and torque. The new gasoline engine delivers 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and provides improved maximum trailer towing capacity of 9,300 pounds.</p>
<p>?This engine has tons of torque and already has been proven in the field with both the F-150 SVT Raptor and Super Duty,? said Mike Harrison, V8 engine program manager. ?The exhaust for the Ford Harley-Davidson edition has been specially tuned to feature a throaty V8 rumble customers will love.?</p>
<p>Benefits of the new 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine include:
  • SOHC valvetrain with roller-rocker shafts: The single overhead camshaft (SOHC) per cylinder head design results in a stiff valvetrain that allows optimized camshaft lift profiles and results in great low-speed torque. The roller-rocker shafts allow valve angles to be splayed, resulting in optimized intake and exhaust port layout for better breathing.
  • Dual-equal variable cam timing: Intake and exhaust valve opening and closing events are phased at the same time to optimize fuel economy and performance throughout the engine speed range and throttle positions.
  • Two spark plugs per cylinder: Due to the large bore size, two spark plugs per cylinder are used to more efficiently burn the fuel-air mixture in the combustion chamber, enabling better fuel economy and increased engine torque. The twin plugs also help the engine maintain a smooth, stable idle.
  • Dual knock sensors: A knock sensor on each bank of cylinders of the V8 engine allows the spark timing of each cylinder to be individually optimized real-time, throughout the engine speed range. The engine learns the optimum timing via an adaptive algorithm.
<p>Taking convenience to the next levelThe 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson? F-150 adds plenty of technology options to give customers what they are looking for. Key to helping customers take advantage of all the capability offered by the Harley-Davidson F-150 is a standard 4.2-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) productivity screen.</p>
<p>This screen offers menu options, giving the customer important information related to fuel economy and towing performance. The menu is navigated through a five-way button on the steering wheel and is positioned between the tachometer and speedometer.</p>
<p>Additionally, the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 comes equipped with a standard voice-activated Navigation System that integrates several functions including voice-recognition destination entry, climate control and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio into one easy-to-use system, displaying them on an 8-inch touch screen.</p>
<p>For the customer who wants more control of transmission gear selection, SelectShift Automatic? transmission functionality is available. A toggle switch located on the console shift lever engages the mode, where the transmission doesn?t second-guess the driver, giving him or her total control over gear selection and performance feel.</p>
<p>Other standard features on the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson? F-150 include:
  • Power moonroof
  • Rear view camera
  • Second-row heated seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Remote Start System
Customized Harley-Davidson appealThe 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 interior is customized to appeal to the truck buyer who appreciates the attention to detail for which both Ford and Harley-Davidson are renowned.</p>
<p>Examples are the seats and console lid, which feature handmade cloisonn?adges that are produced by the same company that makes badges for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles; the console has a limited-edition serialization plate, which is numbered individually.</p>
<p>?We take creation of the Ford Harley-Davidson trucks very seriously, but it?s also something we have a lot of fun with along the way,? said Design Manager Brad Richards. ?We hope that comes through in each of the finished trucks.</p>
<p>?We ensure Ford Harley-Davidson trucks exude the same bold personality as the legendary motorcycles,? Richards added. ?We take two brands that are undeniably unique and forge a product that embodies the best qualities of both.?</p>
<p>Story courtesy of Ford.</p>
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