Harley-Davidson F-Series goes Super Duty for '04; Lightning on hiatus until 2005
Automotive News staff reporter Amy Wilson contributed to this report
Ford will continue making a Harley Davidson version based on an F-Series pickup, but the special edition will move to the company's heavy-duty truck platform from the F-150.
Harley Davidson F-150s debuted in 2000 as part of a five-year marketing deal between the two manufacturers. However, with the launch of the redesigned F-150 and Ford's decision to shelve boutique editions of that truck until 2005 model year (which means a redesigned F-150 SVT Lightning comes in 2005), Ford has moved the Harley design to its Super Duty platform for 2004. The vehicles debut next month in conjuction with Ford's 100th anniversary.
Specifications were not disclosed, but the Super Duty lineup boasts a number of powertrains that could be called upon to motor the Harley truck, including a 5.4-liter V8, a 6.8-liter V10 and a 6.0-liter turbo V10. A Harley F-150 will be available for 2005 model year along with other special editions, such as the King Ranch and the SVT Lightning.
The boutique versions have special features and high prices. In the 2003 model year, Ford will sell about 26,000 of the boutique F-series trucks, which are priced above $30,000.
Delaying the special packages will help simplify the launch of the redesigned pickup, which is expected to start production in June and go on sale in August. It will continue offering a Super Duty King Ranch version for boutique fans.
Even so, Ford has an ambitious launch plan for the truck with 26 combinations of major features, such as trim levels, cab styles and box lengths slated for first-year production.
The 2004 F-150 combinations are geared toward the middle to upper range of the market. Choices include three cab styles, all with four doors, plus three bed lengths and 4.6-liter or 5.4-liter V-8 engines. The 5.4-liter V-8 has been significantly upgraded to include three valves per cylinder and variable valve timing.
Regular cab and SuperCab versions will be available.
The redesigned truck won't get a V-6 engine or manual transmission until the 2005 model year. About 20 percent of current F-150s are sold with a V-6 engine; about 5 percent have a manual transmission.
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