First Look: 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 6.2

First Look: 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 6.2
By Larry Edsall for PickupTrucks.com, photos courtesy of Ford

The 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that ignites Ford’s already-fabled F-150 SVT Raptor pickup truck will be installed in the ninth version of the Ford Harley-Davidson F-150, which will be unveiled Tuesday at the 70th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

In addition to the enlarged power plant, the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 features a unique front end with a six-bar, billet-style, satin-finished chrome grille, satin chrome Harley-Davidson badging and a fully integrated and deployable running board that gives the truck the look of a lowered stance.

Standard equipment also includes 22-inch Euroflange forged wheels with polished center cap, low-profile tires and the buyer’s choice of Tuxedo Black or Ingot Silver paint.

Inside, the new truck shows trim panels in Tuxedo Black with an engine-turned finish on the door scuff plates and center console lid. All interior chrome surfaces are satin-finished. The leather-trimmed seats have colored inserts and cloisonné badges.

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A voice-activated navigation system with an 8-inch touch-screen, Sirius satellite radio, power moonroof, rearview camera and remote starter are standard. Even the second-row seats are heated.

All 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150s also come with a new 4.2-inch information display, which debuted in the 2011 F-Series Super Duty. Controlled by a steering wheel-mounted five-way button, this screen, located between the speedometer and tachometer, provides information ranging from fuel economy to towing performance.

The nav system, information screen, power moonroof and remote starter are new to the standard equipment list for 2011.

“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, the chief engineer for the truck’s development. “Both companies have a passion for the road, which shines through in our specialized truck.”

“Overall, we’re trying to reduce the complexity of ordering F-150s,” said Marc Lapine, F-150 consumer marketing manager. “Historically, the Harley-Davidson F-150 has been a premium truck and they’ve tended to be loaded up. We decided to make many of those features standard that were so predominantly being ordered.”

Pricing for the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 won’t be announced until Ford shows its full 2011 truck lineup in September.

The 2010 Harley F-150 with the legacy 5.4-liter V-8 started at $43,355. The 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor with the 6.2 engine carried a $3,000 premium over the 5.4 version, so we wouldn't be surprised if pricing for the 2011 Harley F-150 starts around $46,000 or higher.

Ford 6.2-liter V-8

Though a limited-production vehicle, Lapine said sales volume may increase because of the use of the 6.2-liter engine, which also is used in the Raptor and the Ford Super Duty. The 2011 Harley version will get the same horsepower and torque ratings as in the Raptor. That means 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. That also means a bump in towing capacity to 9,300 pounds -- from 5,300 pounds in the 2010 Harley F-150.

In the Super Duty, the 6.2-liter V8 is rated at 385 horsepower and 404 pound-feet.

“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, V-8 engine program manager. “The exhaust for the Ford Harley-Davison edition has been specially tuned to feature a throaty V-8 rumble customers will love.”

The 6.2 mill features a single-overhead-cam valve train with roller-rocker shafts to enhance low-speed torque and engine breathing; dual equal-variable cam timing to optimize fuel economy and engine performance across the rev range; two spark plugs per cylinder for more efficient air/fuel mixture and combustion, thus increasing torque and fuel economy; and dual knock sensors to optimize spark timing.

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Preliminary pics of the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 show a much more subtle graphic look. Instead of lots of bold orange paint, the 2011 model features hot rod style “speed scallops” that trail back from the front wheel flares. The flares are defined by orange borders around a satin-finish design. There’s a similar scallop on the hood.

“We ensure Ford Harley-Davidson trucks exude the same bold personality as the legendary motorcycles,” said Brad Richards, design manager for the Ford/Harley project.

“We take two brands that are undeniably unique and forge a product that embodies the best qualities of both,” he added.

In addition to the 2011 F-150, Ford and Harley-Davidson have cooperated in the past on F-150, Super Duty F-250, F-350 and F-450 edition trucks.

The 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 is expected to go on sale this winter.

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Comments

Ford makes the best trucks.

Another pretty truck with another pretty skirt. Wait for the Silverado SS to give them a punch they they deserve it. Where's the Lincoln Mark LT, south of the border. LMAO.

Very Nice!

- 101 hp gets you 4000lb tow bump? LOL

- Still the second fastest HD prodcution truck behind the one year or two that had the SC 5.4? Any thoughts there?

That is one nice looking truck, inside and out. I would love one without the orange streaks on the side.

So if I put Chevy makes the best trucks, you won't delete my comment. Mike, there's allot of folks that bash GM and you always seem to let post there comments but once I post something about F.O.R.D. you remove my comments.

Fix or Repair Daily

Where's the Lincoln Mark LT, south of the border.

Imagion that, another Ford article. I'm done with this site.

Im a die-hard Chevy fan, but i have to admit this hurts. I give props to Ford, this is a cool truck inside and out. Ford's 6.2 still wont beat Chevy's 6.2, I want to see a drag race between this F-150 and the Z71 (2wd) Silverado LTZ w/ 6.2L cause thats the highest performance truck Chevy has right now. I hope Chevy brings back the Silverado SS and puts a supercharger in it.

GM fell behind in high end trucks. There is one thing Ford knows and it is how to build a high end truck. If I am going to lay down $46k on a truck, I want high end quality and that is what I see here. This 2011 Ford Harley F-150 is kicking the Denali's butt.


Never a big fan of the harley davidson ford trucks but I have to say I do like this one but just like on the limited get rid of the lettering on the bed looks like its from pep boys imho

Ford is pumping out a lot of cool products lately. What is to report about with other brands? There is nothing going on! Ford is being very smart. They still have the EcoBoost and the rest of the F150 lineup. Not to mention Job 2 of Super Duty. Don't act surprised that more products means more stories!

dang, on facebook mike made me think the heavy duty shootout results were tonight!!!!

Sorry, Taylor! Honestly, I certainly didn't mean to make it sound that way. The Shootout results will be published Monday August 16.

@ mike. im gonna take a wild guess here and say it has to do with another 6.2 L...... another 6.2 L thats in a regular f-150???

"Ford's 6.2 still wont beat Chevy's 6.2"

Not for nothing, but it does beat it.

Ford's 6.2L makes 411hp @ 5500rpm and 434ft-lbs of torque @ 4500rpm on premium fuel. Gm's 6.2L truck engine makes 403 hp @ 5700 rpm, 417 lb-ft of torque @ 4300 rpm on premium fuel.

That means Gm's engine is behind by 8hp and 14 ft-lbs of torque. While not a huge number, it is enough to 'beat' the other engine.

Now, as far as the trucks themselves go, my guess would be that the Chevy would win in a drag race out of the box, as it is a significantly lighter truck. (5120lbs listed for the chevy 6.2L 2wd vs 5,777lbs listed for the Ford Harley Davidson 6.2L 2wd) My guess is this weight disparity is due mostly to Ford using an iron block vs Gm using an aluminum block.

cool truck but i don't see much of a point to it. motorcyle styled truck doesn't quiet cut it for me, besides if you want an amazing luxury pickup truck then just get the platnum edition. I have driven it and it is one unbeliebly comfortable and strong truck.

That's a baaaaaadazzzzz truck!!!! Nothing compares. kudos to Ford. Everyone else is sleepin' at the wheel. The sales numbers tell the tale.

Amazing truck!!!
Like always,Ford is the best overall truck!!!

Not bad but I still can't get over that fugly front end, the grill is a rectangle, wheres the style?

Is anyone really going to spend $15,000. more for an F-150 with Harley-Davidson stickers on it.

So does this mean it has the same transmission as the super-duty? What exactly gives it a big boost in towing capability?

Delete the sticker or paint on the side of the truck and you have a deal!

Fords 6.2 makes 401 HP and keeps the 434 lb feet of torque on reg gas. What does GMs make on reg, anyone know?

REALLY????? seriously guys!! when my parents raised me, they told me that if you don't have anything good to say then don't say anything at ALL!!! Why can't we just like the trucks we like and you like the trucks you like??? It's not that hard.... I think sometimes we should all take a lesson from our children.. Life is tooooo short to be hostile and frustrated.. I hope everyone out there is enjoying the truck they love.
Have a great day. :)

Great Job Ford, keep the products fresh and new and trickle that 6.2 down.

I don’t understand why people are so butt hurt over another Ford article, there is a reason we keep seeing them... Ford is coming out with new stuff.. GM has the new HD's and there have been several articles about them.. Ford is introducing more features and models so naturally they will get more coverage..

@lips

This is a site dedicated to pick-up trucks, so it is going to report on pick-up truck related news. It just so happens that Ford is making the most news these days, which is why they get the most coverage.

That said, this wasn't a surprise, the Harley Davidson models always get the top equipment. Harley Davidson edition trucks have always been highly profitable for both Ford and Harley Davidson, so don't expect them to stop either.

I agree with Paul810, this truck is SWEET both inside and out. If there was a way to get it without the orange streaks in the black shown above, it would be the baddest truck out there bar none!

As expected, I love the interior. Bravo! 'Nuff said.

@ Jim

"Fords 6.2 makes 401 HP and keeps the 434 lb feet of torque on reg gas. What does GMs make on reg, anyone know?"


According to previous posts made on this site, the GM 6.2L reportedly produces 384 hp on reg fuel. I couldn't find any torque numbers though.

Thanks paul810

hey guys lets all be nice. you gm fans should be grateful to still have a name brand. . . i heard their shares are for sale again .40 a share. . . nice truck lots of cush but the prces these days are a little steep.

I'm not a Harley Davidson fan, but these trucks sell well. The interiors are more luxurious than the Platinum.
I wonder if the 6.2 will be offered in the Platinum?
I suspect the EB engine will be standard for that truck.
SVT needs to come out with a factory warrantied supercharger for the 6.2 and the 5.0 Coyote.
That would be nasty.

@Lou,

I know, right!

Ford makes the best trucks? For all you GM bashers out there, do you have inferiority complexes or what? Ford's interiors are not better than GM. Onstar is superior to Sinc.

GM offered Onstar years before Ford came out with Sinc. GM was the first to offer a Denlai luxury package. Ford is copying GM with the Harley! Ford has been ripping off and copying GM for years. For always tries to one up GM.

PS The HD shoout is coming on Monday. For those that say the shootout won't prove anything, I have one thing to say, you are LOSERS. What are you afraid of GM'S truck may beat your big bad Ford???? Only losers would say it doesn't prove anything or say your truck is better because it has a tailgate step or better brakes. When the GM truck wins the shootout, it proves that GM can out pull and out tow the Ford Super Duty and Dodge heavy duty trucks and the shootout shows that to be true just like the Denlai beats the Harley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Write it down.

GM and the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra will win this years shootout!

GM is taking home the gold on Monday!

Lets see, a 1/2 ton truck with a tow rating of 9,600 lbs? 2 Harley scooters and enclosed trailer, 3,500 lbs, sounds like over kill and gas guzzler to me. Should have spent the money on R&D for replacing the Ranger or bringing out a F-100 like they talked about a couple years ago. I only pull 3-4000lbs and do not need nor want a full size truck, And Yes I have had full size trucks

@Lou,

The Bobsie twins are under a new alias "Robert"

Hence, Denlai luxury.

'nuff said. LMFAO!!!

@Frank, and it's not "Let it be written so let it be done" anymore, he's gone for the more simple approach "write it down." LOL

I actually think the new Chevy HD is a good truck. But I honestly think the Ford is going to win the shootout, and I wonder how Bob will react to this. It's going to be funny!

"Not bad but I still can't get over that fugly front end, the grill is a rectangle, wheres the style?"-Hank

@Hank
have you taken a look at the chevy silverado or gmc sierre?!??! ya one giant rectangle, not to mention that the gmc sierre front end is almost identical to the early 90's f150? ya cool ancient styling gm

@Alex,

He will react by posting under a new name. However, we will know who he is by just reading his spelling and bad grammar.

Well,if the GM truck wins the shootout,no more Fords for me! It proves that GM can out pull and out tow the Ford Super Duty.
If Fords wins shootout - goodbye Chevrolet!

"Ford makes the best trucks? For all you GM bashers out there, do you have inferiority complexes or what? Ford's interiors are not better than GM. Onstar is superior to Sinc.

GM offered Onstar years before Ford came out with Sinc. GM was the first to offer a Denlai luxury package. Ford is copying GM with the Harley! Ford has been ripping off and copying GM for years. For always tries to one up GM.

PS The HD shoout is coming on Monday. For those that say the shootout won't prove anything, I have one thing to say, you are LOSERS. What are you afraid of GM'S truck may beat your big bad Ford???? Only losers would say it doesn't prove anything or say your truck is better because it has a tailgate step or better brakes. When the GM truck wins the shootout, it proves that GM can out pull and out tow the Ford Super Duty and Dodge heavy duty trucks and the shootout shows that to be true just like the Denlai beats the Harley!"

@Robert
or should i say Bob, that post is hilarious, not only is it entirley false and horribly biased without being backed up by facts or stats, but that is some of the most uneducated typing and spelling i have ever seen. figures coming from a gm man tho. oh and p.s., GM actually came out with the denali package on their gmc yukons in response to the one year older Lincoln Navigator, so in fact GM actually copied ford fyi hahahaha

What kind of power will the 5.0 be putting out in the reg F150's? I want the 6.2 (drove a Raptor a couple of weeks back - wow, makes my '08 F feel like my '00 Taurus) but if it's a $3000 premium and the HP and torque numbers are barely distinguishable, maybe the 5.0 would be good 'nuff. Maybe the V-6 will, but I'm not sure about it...will it last? Plus it won't sound (as) good. Heck, it won't sound good. Can't. V-8's rule there.

As for this, lose those engine turned fake aluminum stripes. Talk about awful. Bring out the heat gun, remove before leaving dealer lot. The 06-07 are still the prettiest HD's they did.

Those side decals are optional. You don't have to order the exact same truck pictured above.

@Redstuff, V8's sound good! But so do turbos! So I think an EcoBoost V8 should be in order! :)

ford have nothing to do ,money pit...ford never have a good engine before in pickup.it was the most lazy engine in the truck ..maybe this year they have something difference.....

I really hope Ford make's the 6.2L available to more trim lines than just the high end trucks like the Raptor and Harley Davidson's. I am planning on buying a 2011 F-150 in the next 6 months or so and my personal dream truck is a 2011 F-150 ext cab FX4 6-1/2 foot bed with eaither a 6.2L or 5.0L V8, I'm sure the 5.0L will be a sweet driving truck and I would be damn proud to have one. But I think I would like a 6.2L over the 5.0L.

Either way I know that these new engine's will do the F-150's alot of good. I had read somewhere that Max towing is still only about 11,300lbs for the 2011 models. But if you think about it, That is a hell of a lot of weight for a 1/2 ton truck. Considering these trucks were capable of about that much with the old 5.4L V8 I think these new engines will just make towing alot easier and smoother.

@fordguy1988- If you go with the 5.0 and plan on upgrading the power there will be more options than there will be for the 6.2. SHM is one company that has done work on the 5.0 mustang and he also is working on a 750h.p. 5.4 raptor. If you don't care about updrages I would go with the 6.2.

http://www.seanhylandmotorsport.com/index.shtml

This is my truck i love the harley edtion its offical my 2008 harley f150 will be traded in for this !!!!

I wish the Super Duty had the half ton interior. Interior on this truck is nice but the exterior is not too nice, don't care for the orange stripes or the wheels. None the less not a bad light duty pick up. I like the platinum edeition much better than Harley.

Hey Mike,

Does the Harley only come in RWD or AWD or part time AWD. i thought there was a year or two that the Harley was offered in more that just RWD.

Thanks,

Yes, it looks as if Ford finally got rid of those crappy placed spark plugs. Looks like they finally went to a coil and plug wire design that Chevy had. I like the look, power, and ease of repair on this 6.2L. Looks like a winner. The only diss I have for the 6.2L is the electronic throttle. I think tey (all manufactures) should stay with a cable on something like this. But, 6.2L looks to be well engineered as my 5.4L, with a better tune up obviously.



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