2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 8, 2011

Ford unveiled today the all-new 2012 Harley-Davidson F-150, its latest truck which combines two iconic brans which appeal to truck owners and motorcycle enthusiasts alike. As you can see from the photos, the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 features a bold front fascia and six-bar billet-style bright chrome grille, comes with standard 22-inch wheels with painted accents and Harley-Davidson bar and shield logo on center cap. Moreover, the vehicle is painted in classic Harley-Davidson – Tuxedo Black and White Platinum Tri-Coat, which means that 2012 is the first year white has been offered.

Furthermore, we find new graphics on the bodyside of the truck executed in an unique snakeskin texture, inspired by tank inserts on premium-level Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The interior trim panels are covered in high-gloss Tuxedo Black paint, while snakeskin leather is found on the console lid and upper steering wheel.

According to the manufacturer, the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 offers plenty of technology options such as a standard 4.2-inch LCD (liquid crystal display), power moonroof, rear view camera, second-row heated seats, ambient lightning, Remote Start System, 110-volt power inverter and power-adjustable performance pedals.Under the hood we find the impressive 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine delivering a best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and providing maximum trailer towing capability of 7,500 pounds.

The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 has a daring front fascia and a lustrous billet chrome grille with six cut bars for a more solid feel. It also features the Harley-Davidson badge, which is proudly displayed. The truck may have the standard running board, but it has a lowered look.

The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 also has the 22-inch aluminum wheels that feature the Harley-Davidson bar and shield emblem at the center along with painted accents. You can also choose from White Platinum Tri-Coat or Tuxedo Black for the paint, and these are the classic Harley-Davidson choices.

The body side of the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 has new elements that are made even bolder with its unusual snakeskin texture. “Harley-Davidson” lettering is also seen on the box side. That snakeskin design element is a throwback to the tank inserts that you find on more expensive Harley-Davidson motorcycles. And you could also see that inside.

F-150 Program Manager Mike Massara says that this is the first time the carmaker has fully made use of the full spectrum of dark to light for the exterior. The lines accent the design curve of the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 with the snakeskin texture making it even more beautiful.

Inside, you will surely appreciate the trim panels that are finished with high gloss black paint as well as the feel of snakeskin leather on the upper steering wheel and the console lid. The scuff plate also has the same texture with its brushed aluminum. All of these highlight the chrome surfaces that have a satiny and silky finish. You will also fall in love with the premium snakeskin seats that are trimmed with leather and that come with the cloisonné badge and accent color inserts.

The interiors are designed with the truck buyer who values attention to detail in mind. It certainly helps that this is what Harley-Davidson and Ford are known for.

For instance, check out the console lid and the seats where you would find hand crafted cloisonné badges that come from the same company that makes the Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The console also has serialization plates, where you could find the limited-edition truck’s VIN and build numbers laser-engraved.

And did you know that almost all of the people who worked on the Harley-Davidson F-150 own a Harley-Davidson?

Utmost convenience

The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 features a wide range of technology options that help the customers do what they need to do while also personalizing their truck. You have the 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen that comes in all 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150, helping drivers get the full benefit of the truck’s capabilities.

Located between the speedometer and the tachometer, the LCD screen gives you a range of menu options, detailing all the important information you need on the drive, from towing performance to fuel economy. You can navigate through the menus using the five-way button you find on the steering wheel.

Additionally, the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 comes equipped with a standard voice-activated navigation system that integrates several functions, including speech recognition destination entry, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and climate control.

You can also opt for the SelectShift Automatic transmission, which comes standard for the truck. This transmission mode is activated by a toggle switch that you find on the console shift lever, giving you more control over transmission gear selection because the transmission does not override the driver’s input. In short, it gives the driver total control over the gear selection.

Press Release

2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 Offers the Ultimate in Performance, Style with New Features, Class-Leading Power

- 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 offers distinctive new design enhancements with snakeskin leather interior accents and unique bodyside graphic. Also new for 2012 are 22-inch machined-aluminum wheels with painted accents and unique center cap as well as a new premium exterior color choice – White Platinum Tri-Coat
- Standard content includes the voice-activated Navigation System, a 4.2-inch productivity screen, power moonroof and Remote Start System
- The truck is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, which uses big-bore architecture to deliver a best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and provides maximum trailer towing capability of 7,500 pounds

STURGIS, S.D., Aug. 9, 2011– The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 delivers on the custom cool design that the lineup has been known for, with new snakeskin leather interior accents, a new stylized bodyside graphic and a new wheel and premium paint color. Combine that with a standard 6.2-liter V8 engine and plenty of technology, and it delivers power, capability and style like no other.

"This is a great pairing of two icons of the open road: Ford and Harley-Davidson. Both brands appeal to truck owners and motorcycle enthusiasts alike," said Marc Lapine, Ford F-150 marketing manager. "For 2012 we worked with Harley-Davidson to continue to push the styling envelope while still delivering the durability and power that F-150 is known for and that our collective customers expect. It perfectly captures both brands."

The successful collaboration between Ford and Harley-Davidson has produced 10 F-150 models, as well as six Super Duty F-250 and F-350 models, and in 2009 the first Harley-Davidson F-450 edition truck. Ford has sold more than 70,000 Ford Harley-Davidson F-Series trucks since the brands teamed up in 1999.

Design in the details
The exterior of the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 offers a bold front fascia and six-bar billet-style bright chrome grille, and it boasts "Harley-Davidson" bright chrome badging. The truck also has a lowered appearance with a standard, fully integrated deployable running board.

Also standard are new 22-inch machined-aluminum wheels with painted accents and Harley-Davidson bar and shield logo on center cap. The paint selection is classic Harley-Davidson – Tuxedo Black and White Platinum Tri-Coat; this is the first year white has been offered.

New graphics on the bodyside of the truck are executed in a unique snakeskin texture, while "Harley-Davidson" dimensional lettering is featured on the box side. The snakeskin is inspired by tank inserts on premium-level Harley-Davidson motorcycles and also comes into play on the interior.

"This is the first time we've captured the full spectrum of light to dark on the exterior," said Mike Massara, F-150 program manager. "The graphic flows and accents the design curve of the truck, yet brings the texture of the snakeskin into the vehicle, which is something that's very difficult to do."

Interior trim panels are covered in high-gloss Tuxedo Black paint, while the console lid and upper steering wheel carry the snakeskin leather. The scuff plate features brushed aluminum with snakeskin texture. All interior chrome surfaces feature a satin finish. Premium snakeskin leather-trimmed seats come with accent color inserts and unique cloisonné badge.

The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 interior is customized to appeal to the truck buyer who appreciates the attention to detail for which both Ford and Harley-Davidson are renowned.

Examples are the seats and the console lid featuring handmade cloisonné badges that are produced by the same company that makes badges for Harley-Davidson motorcycles; the console has limited-edition serialization plates, which include laser-engraved VIN and build numbers.

Nearly every member of the Harley-Davidson F-150 team at Ford is a Harley-Davidson owner.

Superior convenience
The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 offers plenty of technology options to meet customer needs. Key to helping customers take advantage of all the capability offered by the Harley-Davidson F-150 is a standard 4.2-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) productivity screen.

This screen offers a range of menu options, giving the customer important information on everything from fuel economy to towing performance. The menu is navigated through a five-way button on the steering wheel; the screen is positioned between the tachometer and speedometer.

Additionally, the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 comes equipped with a standard voice-activated Navigation System that integrates several functions, including voice-recognition destination entry, climate control and SiriusXM Satellite Radio into one easy-to-use system, displaying them on an 8-inch touch screen.

For the customer who wants more control of transmission gear selection, SelectShift Automatic™ transmission functionality is standard. A toggle switch located on the console shift lever engages the mode, where the transmission doesn't second-guess the driver, giving total control over gear selection and performance feel.

Other standard features on the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 include:
- Power moonroof
- Rear view camera
- Second-row heated seats
- Ambient lighting
- Remote Start System
- 110-volt power inverter
- Power-adjustable performance pedals

Potent power
Ford tapped into a bit of its proud racing heritage to create the 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, which uses big-bore architecture to produce impressive horsepower and torque. The gasoline engine delivers a best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and provides maximum trailer towing capability of 7,500 pounds.

Customer benefits of the 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine include:
- SOHC valvetrain with roller-rocker shafts: The single overhead camshaft (SOHC) per cylinder head design results in a stiff valvetrain that allows optimized camshaft lift profiles and results in great low-speed torque. The roller-rocker shafts allow valve angles to be splayed, resulting in optimized intake and exhaust port layout for better breathing
- Dual-equal variable cam timing: Intake and exhaust valve opening and closing events are phased at the same time to optimize fuel efficiency and performance throughout the engine speed range and throttle positions
- Two spark plugs per cylinder: Due to the large bore size, two spark plugs per cylinder are used to more efficiently burn the fuel-air mixture in the combustion chamber, enabling better fuel economy and increased engine torque. The twin plugs also help the engine maintain a smooth, stable idle
- Dual knock sensors: A knock sensor on each bank of cylinders of the V8 engine allows the spark timing of each cylinder to be individually optimized real-time, throughout the engine speed range. The engine learns the optimum timing via an adaptive algorithm

F-Series firsts
Harley-Davidson F-Series trucks have continuously been pushing the envelope of innovation, bringing a variety of features to F-Series for the first time, including:
- 20-inch wheels
- 22-inch wheels
- Wet-on-wet paint
- Superchargers
- Badges as interior ornamentation
- All-wheel drive
- Power deployable running boards
- High-gloss painted interior

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