Ford And Harley-Davidson Extend Partnership for Two More Years
- Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series models will ride into 2009 – marking 11 years of a highly successful partnership
- The 2006 model year will see both F-150 and Super Duty Harley™ models for the first time ever
- 2006 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 offers full-time all-wheel drive – a Ford/Harley first
- 2006 Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty F-250 and F-350 pickups offer 20-inch polished forged-aluminum wheels and unique wet-on-wet custom flame jobs in three different color combinations
DALLAS, Sept. 29, 2005 – Ford and Harley-Davidson will extend the run of Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series trucks through 2009, which will mark 11 years since the first successful pairing of America’s best-selling vehicle and the legendary motorcycle brand. The announcement was made today at the State Fair of Texas, in the heart of the country’s largest pickup market.
Since the first Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series was launched in the 2000 model year, more than 50,000 limited-edition trucks have been built. For 2006, Ford will offer both F-150 and Super Duty Harley-Davidson™ editions for the first time, bringing the number of different models offered over the years to eight.
As always, the 2006 models will be rare: Ford will build up to 10,000 of the Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 SuperCab and 5,000 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-250 and F-350 models.
“This alliance has been successful because mixing F-Series toughness with Harley-Davidson attitude yields vehicles that demand their own lane,” says Al Giombetti,
Ford vice president, sales. “Now, we’re giving customers more of everything they love with the boldest Ford Harley-Davidson™ lineup ever – with unique exteriors and an interior that will take your breath away.”
“This is a great relationship between two brands that rule the open road,” said Joanne Bischmann, Harley-Davidson Motor Company vice president, marketing. “Both companies have a 102-year heritage and a bright future ahead.”
The successful collaboration between these two icons of the open road has produced five F-150 models, as well as three Super Duty F-250 and F-350 offerings. The 2006 model is the first Harley-Davidson™ edition vehicle built off the award-winning new Ford F-150 platform and the third off the Super Duty platform.
Hot-rod Inspired Custom Looks – 2006 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150
The 2006 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 SuperCab is the fifth F-150 in the Harley™ series and the first to be built from the all-new F-150 design introduced for 2003.
This truck communicates power – dressed in black, oozing chrome and sporting distinctive Harley-Davidson visual cues. Its custom appearance begins with the bold front-end design, featuring a unique chrome billet grille and blacked-out headlamps.
Based on a SuperCab configuration with a 6-1/2-foot Styleside box, the new 2006 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 cuts a menacing profile. Beefy 22-inch polished forged-aluminum rims – a first for any F-150 – sport a split five-spoke design, exposed lug nuts and the distinctive Bar & Shield logo on the center cap. The massive wheels give this ride undeniable attitude.
Between the wheel wells, chrome-accented side tubes help create an integrated appearance and enhance the truck’s powerful stance. The side tubes and the unique lower front valence, or chin spoiler, help create a lowered look.
Heavyweight zinc die-cast badges on the fenders celebrate the Ford Harley-Davidson alliance. Dark tinted smoked-out taillamps, a blacked-out bumper and the “Harley-Davidson F-150” badge distinguish the rear. Chrome tie-down hooks and a slash-cut chrome exhaust tip add even more street-rod appeal.
Lurking under the hood of the 2006 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 is a 5.4-liter,
three-valve Triton™ V-8 featuring a specially tuned exhaust system that delivers a more powerful, throatier rumble. It turns out 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm.
Rugged and supple black aniline leather seating surfaces create a distinctive, inviting interior. The captain’s chairs are unique, sporting a die-cast HARLEY-DAVISDON
Bar & Shield logo embedded in the leather.
Elegant high-gloss Piano Black surfaces on the center stack and door panels are flanked by a Bar & Shield logo-patterned graphic treatment. The striking instrument panel – and the overall vehicle interior – features a stunning display of chrome, including unique chrome-ringed instruments, chrome handles, vent rings, floor shifter and door pulls. Adding to the overall custom feel of the interior is a serialized nickel plate showing the vehicle’s production date and number.
2006 Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty
The 2005 Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty is available in F-250 and F-350 4×4 configuration with the 6.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel. Production begins in the fourth quarter of this year.
The Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty is still the only factory-painted flamed truck in the industry. For 2006, there are three eye-catching flamed paint schemes to choose from. Customers can opt for Black with Medium Wedgewood Blue flames, Dark Shadow Grey with Black flames, or Dark Toreador Red with Black flames. Ford’s patented wet-on-wet paint process adds that seamless, classic depth and luster usually only found on expensive custom paint jobs.
The truck features 20-inch, bright-polished forged-aluminum wheels, a segment first, with dimples around the rim, precisely-milled spokes and distinctive Bar & Shield logo emblazoned on the center caps, accenting the locking chrome lug nuts.
A chrome tubular step bar features the HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo and
a black-out backer for a more integrated appearance.
A large HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo marks the standard rubber bed mat. Chrome tie-down hooks and a chrome exhaust tip, with dimples that match the wheels, complete the distinctive custom look.
The custom cool carries into the interior. The quad captain’s chairs feature rich, black aniline leather seating surfaces, with contrasting two-tone stitching and embossed HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logos. The black leather carries on to the front and rear consoles.
The door inserts and instrument panel appliqué feature a technical pattern that resembles carbon fiber – until a close inspection reveals that the design is made up of hundreds of tiny Bar & Shield logos.
The unique gauge cluster features twin chrome-ringed instruments with spun-metal faces joined by a contoured chrome “bridge.” Chrome covers most of the touch points, including the power seat controls. Brake and accelerator pedals resemble the chrome-and-black footboards of a custom big V-twin cruiser, and the ignition key has the Bar & Shield logo on one side and a Ford oval on the other.
Each limited-edition 2006 Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty truck features a serialized nickel plate atop the black-leather-wrapped center console, stamped with the truck’s production date and number. Rear seats are available as a bench or captain’s chairs with center console.