Ford Collaborates with Harley-Davidson for F-150 Spotlight in Chicago

A fighter-plane-inspired automobile has been unveiled last year. This 2009, the Ford F-150 receives a Harley-Davidson treatment, as it was unveiled during the Chicago Auto Show.

A brilliant partnership between two of the well-known names in cars and motorcycles, Ford and Harley-Davidson has been successful in creating a biker-inspired model of the Ford F-150, the 14th F-Series truck that has received the motorcycle design since the year 2000.

The Ford F-150 is powerful with its 5.4-liter V8 engine that has 320 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. This power train is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission. The exhaust system of the Ford F-150 also gets a sport-tuned feel. This biker-inspired truck features a two-wheel drive system or the optional four-wheel drive option.

The Ford F-150 model easily stands out with the six-bar billet-style grille and an aluminum and chrome badging. It also comes with the 22-inch tires (the largest in all of the F-Series line up), Euroflange wheels with the polished and painted wheel caps, and the classic Harley-Davidson Tuxedo Black coating combined with Ford’s pioneer application of Lava, a dark maroon metallic color.

The interior of the Ford F-150 also carries the biker-theme—the seats received the ridged leather design, imprinted button snaps, and specialized zippers borrowed from Harley jackets. According to Design Director, Patrick Schiavone, the Ford F-150’s interior and exterior designs are tightly linked. “It’s very much like how some customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles have a prominent theme that runs through them,” said Schiavone. “That’s how we tie it in with custom bikes.”