It was all the time a bizarre partnership, however, regardless of ending 5 years in the past, it appears a struggling Harley-Davidson can’t cease fascinated with its ex.
For greater than a decade, Ford Motor Firm bought Harley Davidson Version F-150s to shoppers whose different car was a motorcycle. The “wow” issue different, as over the years the mannequin morphed from an look package deal to a efficiency variant to a luxurious citadel, solely to be muscled apart by a rising roster of excessive-finish trims.
Nicely, Ford and Harley-Davidson are again at it, however it isn’t an official reunion.
This time, the solely involvement on the half of Ford is that its F-150s function the foundation for a conversion. Indiana-based mostly Tuscany Motor Co., maker of illustrious customized brodozers, has come aboard to make it occur. Collectively, the two corporations hope to generate consciousness, in addition to curiosity, amongst would-be house owners and Ford sellers.
Tuscany and Ford go method again, as the Indiana firm stays a Ford-permitted specialty vehicle producer and vendor. The restricted-version, seven hundred-horsepower Shelby F-one hundred fifty displayed at the 2015 SEMA present was Tuscany’s doing.
Like taking a look at idea trucks? Harley, which has sufficient on its plate already, hopes you do. The corporate’s idea truck (aka Harley-Davidson Truck) went stay at the motorbike maker’s one hundred and fifteenth anniversary bash in Wisconsin on Wednesday. Apparently, this truck goals to remind viewers of Harley’s Fats Boy mannequin, although the informal observer may insist it seems to be extra like a 2019 Ford F-one hundred fifty.
On all corners, you’ll discover distinctive 22-inch aluminum wheels shod in all-terrain rubber, and Tuscany has additionally punched vents in the entrance fenders that it claims are practical. The grille and equally perforated bumper cap accommodate black honeycomb mesh and, in the case of the bumper, an obnoxious LED mild bar. A brand new Raptor-type hood sees its personal honeycomb.
Beneath the beast, a BDS Suspension raise and FOX shock absorbers lend the truck an off-roading prowess its 22-inch wheels may need an issue with. (Content material topic to vary, Tuscany warns.) Elsewhere, Harley-Davidson’s presence rings out loud and proud from each nook and cranny.
If brash driving is your bag, Harley needs to listen to from you.
[Image: Harley-Davidson/Tuscany Motor Co.]
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