This isnít your average, run-of-the-mill half-ton pickup truck.
But for consumers who insist on a heavy dose of substance to go along with style, this is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Yes, Iím talking about the perennially popular F-150 Harley-Davidson special edition pickup, which Ford now offers with an optional SALEEN supercharger that jacks up performance to 450 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque for the rear-wheel drive performance pickup.
This is the same twin-screw supercharger as the one featured in the Shelby GT-500 and features a dual-stage water-to-air intercooler to increase efficiency and add performance by cooling the intake air.
Yes, I got to spend a week behind the wheel.
Yes, it absolutely, positively lives up to expectations.
And yes, Iím still smiling.
The F-150 Harley Davidson Super Crew 4X2 is available in Ebony Black or Dark Amethyst ó both with lots of chrome and custom Harley-Davidson graphics.
Not only does it contain all of the styling and up-level features consumers have come to expect from Fordís special co-branding with the famed Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer, it has all of the performance one would expect from a Ford SVT high performance vehicle.
For those who miss the Ford SVT Lightning, the supercharged Harley truck nicely fills the void.
This bad boy goes 0-60 faster than you can think it.
The F-150 Harley-Davidson pickup is powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 engine and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
The limited edition model has a base price of $37,210 including $925 destination and delivery.
The SALEEN supercharger option adds $6,500 to the base price.
Since Ford began the co-branding partnership with Harley-Davidson in 1999, more than 60,000 Ford Harley trucks have been sold.
The supercharged option was just made available this summer and is an absolute must for collectors and performance enthusiasts.
While the supercharger delivered performance on demand, what impressed me most is how well heeled this vehicle is in everyday urban driving situations.
While it has more than enough power to compete at the track on Saturday night, I also found it well suited for the routine commutes to work, picking up the kids and going to the store.
Unlike a lot of high-performance vehicles, this truck is capable of daily work.
That said, you do have to monitor the speedometer because it gets up to the legal speed limit in a hurry if you have a heavy foot.
For those in the market for a niche performance vehicle, the F-150 supercharged Harley-Davidson pickup is an absolute must.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 15 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association and the Midwest Automotive Media Association. Comments may be sent to Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org.