Ford used this week's annual gathering of the Harley-Davidson faithful in Sturgis, South Dakota, to unveil the most potent F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition ever built. In addition to its expected array of bespoke cosmetic and functional enhancements, this high-profile SuperCrew hustler packs the same 411-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 found in the Ford SVT Raptor.

Amping up the attitude

As always, the latest Harley-Davidson Edition F-150 comes in one of two suitably bespoke exterior colors: Tuxedo Black and Ingot Silver, each highlighted by tasteful contrasting body graphics. A six-bar billet-style grille with a satin-chrome finish adds presence up front, while satin-chrome Harley-Davidson badging on the fenders and tailgate leave no doubt as to its two-wheeled inspiration. Rounding out the look are intergrated/deployable running boards and 22-inch forged-alloy Euroflange wheels wrapped in 275/45 all-season performance tires.

The slightly-sinister look carries over to the cabin of the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150, starting with seats trimmed in premium black leather set off by contrasting accent inserts and special cloisonné badges that are made by the same company that produces them for Harley-Davidson. While the Interior panels are done in Tuxedo Black, all of the brightwork is rendered in the same satin-finish motif as the vehicle's exterior badging and the console lid carries a individually numbered serialization plate.

While Design Manager Brad Richards pointed out that the automaker takes great pains to "ensure Ford Harley-Davidson trucks exude the same bold personality as the legendary motorcycles," this latest iteration also arrives with a major load of premium comfort/convenience touches. Highlighting that list is a now-standard voice-activated navigation system with an 8.0-inch console mounted touch screen, a 4.2-inch LCD multifunction "productivity screen" in the instrument cluster, dual-zone auto climate control, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, rear-view camera, second-row heated seats and a power moonroof.

More muscle where it matters

Trappings aside, the heart of the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 is its new 6.2-liter V8. In addition to turning out 411 horses -- 90 more than the 5.4-liter V8 used in the 2010 -- this SVT Raptor-spec motivator also develops a stout 434 lb-ft of torque -- 44 additional twist units above the current model. This underhood upgrade makes the newest member of the Ford/Harley-Davidson linkup not only the quickest but also the most capable, boosting maximum-tow capacity of the rear-drive version to 9,300 pounds and allowing the four-wheel drive model to haul up to 9,200. In keeping with its character, the finishing touch on the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 is a custom exhaust system that adds its own "throaty V8" note to the mix.

The 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 goes on sale in the fall. Pricing has yet to be released, but seems likely to start around $45,000-$46,000 for the rear-drive version and open in the $48,000-$50,000 range for the 4WD variant.

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