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Ford’s bikey secret exposed…

February 18, 2009

Source: PickUpTrucks.com

We were a bit disappointed last week when Ford revealed the new 2010 Harley-Davidson edition F-150 factory street truck. It wasn’t the looks that let us down but rather its mild powertrain – the same 320 horsepower (240kW) / 390 pounds-feet of torque (530Nm) 5.4 litre V8 that’s available in the rest of the F-150 lineup.

Image credits: PickUpTrucks.com

Image credits: PickUpTrucks.com

A truck like the Harley F-150 needs a special engine under its hood and we had expected to see the second application of Ford’s 6.2 litre premium V8 (formerly known as “Boss”) sitting in the engine bay. The engine and its 400 hp (300kW) and 400 pounds-feet of torque (540Nm) are already confirmed for the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor desert runner.

So, we were pleasantly surprised by the pictures that Drew Phillips and our friends at Autoblog took at the Chicago auto show, where the Harley F-150 made its debut. When they opened the hood staring back at them was the 6.2 litre V8 with a helpful “6.2L BOSS” emblem stamped in the plastic cover over the engine’s intake manifold.

6.2L BOSS V8

What does this mean? Officially, Ford is still sticking with its earlier statements that the 5.4 litre V8 is the only engine for the new Harley F-150.

“The only engine confirmed for the Harley-Davidson F-150 is the 5.4 litre V8 it will launch with,” a Ford spokesperson told us. They had no comment about the 6.2 litre V8.

Fair enough, but we’re going to call this particular show truck “Boss Hog” and keep our fingers crossed that the 6.2 litre V8 is coming sooner rather than later.

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