With a bold new look inside and out, the 2005 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty cuts a figure of heroic, broad-shouldered proportions, dressed in black monochromatic paint with three appearance packages, including two new optional flamed paint schemes - the first factory-flamed trucks in the industry - and a long list of unique comfort and appearance features.

The first Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty pickup truck, introduced in the 2004 model year, built on the success of the alliance that produced four Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 models since the partnership began in 1999. The 2005 model is the sixth truck in this impressive line-up.

"These are truly custom vehicles and the biggest, baddest, boldest trucks out there," said Gordon Platto, the Ford team's chief designer.

But the 2005 Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty is not just about boldness and toughness, it's also about refinement.

The custom appearance starts up front, with a unique black-and-chrome billet-like grille and blacked-out headlamps. Chrome tow hooks and fog lamps add pinpoints of light, particularly evident on black trucks.

The bright-polished forged aluminum wheels - now at a 20-inch size that is another first for the segment - feature repeat round-millcut texure around the rim, precisely formed spokes and distinctive Bar & Shield logo on center caps that show off the locking chrome lug nuts. Between the wheel wells, a tubular chrome step bar with the HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo now features a black-out backer for a cleaner, more integrated appearance.

The distinctive custom flames - in Toreador Red on black, or True Blue with Medium Wedgwood Blue - use Ford's patented new wet-on-wet paint process to produce factory-painted graphics that are as smooth and seamless as those applied in a custom motorcycle shop.

Ford's production team knew right away that this process would open up exciting new possibilities, especially for the Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty.

Willie G. Davidson, Harley-Davidson Senior Vice President of Styling and Chief Styling Officer; Louie Netz, Vice President - Director of Styling; and Ray Drea, Styling Manager, came to the Ford Design Studios in Dearborn to see the new Super Duty and review an early concept with Platto.

They studied the truck, discussed flame philosophy, then Drea pulled a China marker from his pocket and drew the flame pattern right on the sheet metal. Digitized templates were pulled directly from his flowing lines.

Industry-Leading Wet-On-Wet Paint

In the wet-on-wet paint process, a special primer allows a second coat of paint to be applied while the first layer is still wet. In the case of the black flamed truck, the Toreador Red layer is painted first, across the lower half of the truck.

An ultra-thin mask in the shape of the flame pattern is applied over this red paint, and the black topcoat is sprayed immediately. The thin mask is pulled off, a clear topcoat is sprayed on, and chemical bonding between the layers produces a smooth, durable, seamless finish.

The standard Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty package pairs black exterior paint with a thin, Harley Orange tape stripe that extends fully around the vehicle.

Heavyweight zinc die-cast metal badges celebrate the Ford Harley-Davidson Alliance, and a large HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo marks the standard rubber bed mat.

Chrome tie-down hooks and a bullet-style welded-on chrome exhaust tip, with repeat round-millcut texture to match the wheel design, provide a bright enhancement at the rear of the vehicle.

New Two-Tone Leather Seating

All Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty trucks sport a distinctive interior, with stitched two-tone black leather trimmed seats bearing the HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo. Interior door panels are Dark Flint - darker than the standard Super Duty interior, to create a warm persona.

The door inserts and instrument panel applique feature a technical pattern that resembles carbon fiber - until you look very closely and see the hundreds of tiny Bar & Shield logos.

The unique gauge cluster features twin chrome-ringed instruments with spun-metal faces and a contoured chrome "bridge" joining them. Most touchpoints, including the power seat controls, are chromed. Brake and accelerator pedals resemble the chrome-and-black footboards of a custom big V-twin cruiser. The ignition key has a Bar & Shield logo on one side and a Ford oval on the other.

The truck features a serialized nickel plate atop the black-leather-wrapped center console, showing the truck's production date and number. Rear seats are available as a bench or captain's chairs with center console.

The 2005 Ford Harley-Davidson™ Super Duty is available in F-250 and F-350 4x4 configuration with either the 6.0-liter Power Stroke® V-8 turbocharged diesel engine or 6.8-liter Triton™ V-10 engine. Production begins in the fourth quarter of this year.

Pick Your Power

* 6.8-liter Triton™ 3-ValveV-10 - for the first time, Ford's aluminum 3-valve cylinder head, introduced on the 2004 F-150, is available on a V-10 engine. The new 6.8-liter, 3-valve Triton™ V-10 is the most powerful gasoline engine in the class, with 355 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque - both class-leading figures. Like all of the Super Duty engines, it uses electronic throttle control for efficiency and quick response.
* 6.0-liter Power Stroke® V-8 diesel - Ford set a new standard with the original 7.3-liter Power Stroke in 1994, then did it again with the 6.0-liter Power Stroke in 2003. For 2005, the Power Stroke gets 10 more pound-feet of pulling power, up to a class-leading 570-pound-feet of torque.
* TorqShift® - Ford's premium heavy-duty automatic transmission is now offered with every Super Duty engine, offering the smoothest, crispest shifts in the class, the exclusive computer-controlled tow-haul mode, plus the economy and performance benefits of five speeds, compared with competitors' four.

6.8-liter 3-valve Triton™ V-10

Ford's proven modular engine strategy pays dividends yet again by bringing the company's acclaimed three-valve architecture - introduced on the F-150's 5.4-liter Triton™ V-8 engine - to the 6.8-liter Triton™ V-10 gasoline engine available in the 2005 Super Duty.

The result is a 45-horsepower boost in peak power - to 355 hp at 4,750 rpm - with improved smoothness, reduced emissions and no significant fuel economy penalty during normal use.

Peak torque rises from 425 to 455 pound-feet at 3,250 rpm.

Super Duty powertrain engineers assured the broadest, flattest power band in the segment by equipping the 6.8-liter Triton™ V-10 with variable intake runners. This means that power is available in every gear, at every speed - for pulling a heavy boat up a ramp or for passing a truck on a two-lane road.

"At lower RPM, the engine uses the long intake runners to generate maximum torque," said Harold Lowman, Commercial Vehicles powertrain manager. "At higher engine speeds, the intake shifts to the shorter runners. This gives you a very flat torque curve and good response across the rev range."

The new cylinder head incorporates three valves per cylinder - two intake and one exhaust - for better engine breathing and better fuel-air mixing prior to combustion. This means the engine is able to provide all the fuel and air needed to meet higher peak demands, such as when hauling a heavy load uphill.

At the same time, the powertrain controller automatically varies spark timing to optimize combustion. With the spark plug now located precisely in the center of the combustion chamber, the engine operates at maximum efficiency, producing more power than before while still using regular octane gasoline.

6.0 Liter Power Stroke® V-8 Diesel

Revised mapping of the electronic engine control system brings even more torque to the strong, quiet 6.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine. With 570 pound-feet of torque and 325 horsepower, the 6.0-liter Power Stroke offers more torque and is now rated for an even longer service life - 250,000 miles, with proper maintenance.

The 6.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine uses modern technologies such as the high-pressure fuel rail, which delivers fuel to the individual direct-injectors at pressures of up to 26,000 pounds per square inch (1,800 Bars). This allows precise metering and complete atomization of the fuel mixture, for clean burning.

With four valves per cylinder, the 6.0-liter Power Stroke® is able to move large volumes of air and fuel at peak load.

Other modern technologies in the Power Stroke® include electronic throttle control and an Electronic Variable Response Turbocharger with variable vanes that tailor boost to demand, allowing the turbocharger to "spool up" faster under peak demand to reduce "turbo lag," and offer better efficiency than fixed turbo vanes.

Two out of every three Super Duty trucks sold are equipped with Power Stroke® diesel engines. Ford sells more diesel-powered pickup trucks than Dodge and General Motors combined - more than 200,000 per year in Super Duty alone. Super Duty's Power Stroke® is the longest lasting diesel available, with more than 98 percent of Power Stroke® diesel engines produced over the past decade still on the road.

"Customers buy the Power Stroke® diesel knowing that it's there for the long haul," said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group marketing manager. "At 100,000 miles, they expect that it's just getting broken in."

TorqShift® Five-Speed Automatic Transmission

Ford's modern five-speed TorqShift® automatic transmission, first offered on 2003 Super Duty trucks equipped with the 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine, becomes available with all Super Duty powertrains for 2005.

The TorqShift® transmission features improved gear ratios, higher capacity pumps for better cooling, robust components for durability and simplified shift controls for smoother shifts and quieter operation, compared with the previous four-speed automatic.

Tow-Haul Mode

Those who tow or haul heavy loads will appreciate the tow-haul mode, which automatically adjusts transmission operation to reduce unnecessary shifts and keep the engine in the power band when needed. It can sense, for example, when the vehicle is driving over hilly terrain, and hold the current gear longer, to reduce "hunting" for the proper gear.

The transmission also works in concert with the engine in downhill sections of roadway, to prevent the vehicle from speeding up unintentionally. This helps improve the driver's feeling of control, while supplementing the vehicle's braking system.

An adaptive shift function monitors the transmission's performance over its lifetime, and adjusts shift pressures in real time to assure consistent shift feel and compensate for wear.

For ease of maintenance, the transmission oil filter is a spin-off style, mounted on the exterior of the transmission. Larger fluid lines and a larger transmission oil cooler help to assure cooler operating temperatures, even under the most demanding conditions.

The Ford F-Series Super Duty Line-Up

* The 2005 F-Series Super Duty lineup delivers "Built Ford Tough" capability at every turn, and improves in every key measure - towing, hauling, power, ride and handling. Highlights for 2005 include: Best-in-class max tow ratings - 15,000 pounds conventional; 17,000 pounds with a fifth-wheel trailer
* Class-leading payload - up to 5,800 pounds of cargo in the F-350 dually
* TowCommand® System - a combination of standard and optional features that makes towing easier, including an industry-first factory-installed integrated trailer brake controller.
* The segment's most powerful gasoline engine, the 6.8-liter three-valve Triton™ V-10 with 355 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque.
* Upgrades to the best-selling Power Stroke® diesel, now with 570 pound-feet of torque
* New front suspension and improved steering for better ride, handling and maneuverability in 4x4 pickups and all F-450 and F-550 chassis cabs.
* The segment's strongest frame
* Design changes that include a bolder, tougher look up front, the segment's only 18- and 20-inch wheels and a more refined interior.

Available in dealerships late summer 2004, the 2005 Super Duty will be built at Ford Motor Company's Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky. _____________________________________

About Harley-Davidson
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the group of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Buell Motorcycle Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight street, custom and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel and general merchandise. As a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Buell Motorcycle Company produces sport motorcycles in addition to motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc. provides wholesale and retail financing and insurance programs to Harley-Davidson/Buell dealers and customers.

About Ford
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With more than 327,000 employees worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Credit and Hertz. Ford Motor Company celebrated its 100th anniversary June 16, 2003.

2005 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty Highlights

(Available as F-250 and F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 models1 )
2005 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-250: Base MSRP $41,04022
2005 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-350: Base MSRP $41,81533

Exterior Features

* Standard black monotone paint with unique Harley Orange body tape stripe with "Harley-Davidson™ 4x4" script
* Optional industry-first wet-on-wet painted flames: Toreador Red on Black, or True Blue on Medium Wedgwood Blue - using Ford's patented new wet-on-wet paint process to produce factory-painted flames
* Body color grille with chrome billet-look insert.
* Color-keyed wheel-lip moldings and door handles
* Chrome tubular step bar with unique HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo insert
* Chrome exhaust tip and chrome front tow hooks and tie downs
* Unique 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels with the Bar & Shield logo on center caps with exposed chrome lug nuts
* LT275/65R20 E all-terrain BSW tires with LT275/70R18E all-terrain BSW spare on a steel wheel
* Unique windshield with the Bar & Shield logo dot pattern and Alliance logo

Interior Features

* Adjustable pedals standard, including performance-look accelerator pedal
* Ebony accents including carpet, door trim and steering wheel
* Unique black molded rubber floor mats with "Harley-Davidson" script
* Unique "spun metal" instrument gauge faces with unique chrome gauge rings
* Unique owner's guide with leather Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series truck badge logo embossed portfolio
* Laser-engraved serialization plate attached to leather front console lid
* Key set with Ford/Harley-Davidson™ logo on key ends
* Unique Black Leather quad captain's chairs with embossed HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo, front and back-center console in unique leather, or front captain's chairs and rear bench with embossed HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo.

Standard Equipment

* Seven- and four-pin combination trailer tow connector, trailer brake wiring kit and trailer tow guide
* Power doors, windows and locks with backlit switches
* Speed control/tilt steering wheel w/redundant controls
* Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
* Power adjustable pedals

Powertrain and Functional Features

* 6.8-liter Triton™ 3-ValveV-10, the most powerful gasoline engine in its class rated at 355-horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque
* 6.0-liter Power Stroke® V-8 turbodiesel rated at 325-horsepower at 3,300 rpm and 560-pound-feet of torque, best in its class
* TorqShift® heavy duty electronic 5-speed automatic transmission
* Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
* Driver-activated tow-haul mode to tailor shift schedule during demanding activities for enhanced control

Optional Features

* Wet-on-wet painted flames
* Second-row bench seat in unique leather with embossed HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield logo
* Premium Electronic AM/FM Stereo with in-dash six-disc CD player/clock
* Heated seats
* Moonroof
* Trailer hitch receiver package

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1Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty available only with Crew Cab Lariat 4x4 models. Available with short or long box. Requires 6.8L Triton™ V-10 or 6.0L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel engine. Requires automatic transmission. Requires Electronic Shift-On-the-Fly 4-wheel drive. Not available with Lariat LE, 4x2 models, Power TakeOff provision with 6.8L engine, Pickup Box Delete, FX4, King Ranch models, Snow Plow Package, or 5.4L Triton™ V-8 engine. Information shown here was correct when approved for release. Ford Division reserves the right to discontinue or change specifications, designs, prices or programs at any time without notice or obligation.

2 F-250 Crew Cab Lariat 4X4 base price = $36,400, not including optional equipment and $795 destination and delivery.

3 F-350 Crew Cab Lariat 4X4 base price = $37,305, not including optional equipment and $795 destination and delivery.

Source: Ford Motor Company