The latest offering in a line of distinctive collaborative efforts that began back in 1999, the new 2012 Ford Harley Davidson F-150 raises both the design and feature benchmarks to new levels. Based on the four-door SuperCrew Cab and previewed in Sturgis, S.D., site of the annual gathering of Harley-Davidson faithful, this iconic version of Ford's best-selling pickup offers a choice of two exterior colors: Tuxedo Black, and for the first time, a White Platinum Tri-Coat. The Ford Harley Davidson F-150's boldest-ever side-body accent graphics feature a unique snakeskin texturing that was inspired by trim used on the gas tanks of several top-line H-D bikes. A restyled front fascia, six-bar billet-style chrome grille, lowered appearance, standard 22-inch machined-aluminum wheels with painted accents and Harley bar-and-shield center-cap logos round out the visual highlights of this striking package, all set off by chrome "Harley-Davidson" badges and power-deployable running boards.

That high-profile hard edge carries over to the distinctive interior trimout of the new 2012 Ford Harley Davidson F-150, where premium black leather front/rear heated seats with snakeskin-textured accent panels are matched with Tuxedo Black paint and snakeskin-look leather, satin-finish chrome bits and special cloisonné badges created by the same company that produces them for Harley. The console also features a special laser-engraved limited edition plaque with the vehicle's VIN and build numbers.

Beyond its bevy of custom appearance items, this latest Ford Harley Davidson F-150 also boasts a massive roster of comfort and convenience touches, headed by a voice-activated navigation system with an 8.0-inch touch screen, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, supplemental 4.2-inch LCD productivity/driver info screen, power-adjustable pedals, rear-view camera, 110V AC inverter, remote starter, power moonroof and ambient lighting system.

To ensure a proper level of motivation, the 2012 Ford Harley Davidson F-150 is fitted with automaker's top-line 6.2-liter gasoline V8 that churns out a class-leading 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. Backed by a six-speed automatic transmission it has sufficient muscle to let owners tow up to a 7,500-lb trailer.

In keeping with precedent, production for the 2012 Ford Harley Davidson F-150 will be limited, in this case, to about 3,000 units. It's set to go on sale in early November, and while pricing is still being finalized, Ford anticipates little change from the $49,375 tab on the 2011 H-D model.

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