A new Harley-Davidson model joins the Ford F-250 Super Duty series for 2004. Later in the model year, SuperCab and Crew Cab versions will be available with an optional power sliding rear window.
A 6.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine that cranks out 325 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque became available for heavy-duty full-size pickup trucks early in 2003. This power plant gains improved emissions for 2004, and it mates with a five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. An FX4 Off-Road model also became available in the 2003 model year.
The F-250 Super Duty pickups come in regular-cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab forms and in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. Crew Cab models also are offered in a King Ranch trim with two-tone paint that includes wheel lip moldings, bumpers and the grille, all in an Arizona Beige color. King Ranch interiors are trimmed in Castaño leather.
The styling differences between Ford’s light-duty F-150 and the Super Duty models are most evident up front, where a massive grille dominates the Super Duty’s nose. Super Duty pickups come in three forms: regular cab; four-door SuperCab with two conventional front doors and two smaller rear-opening back doors; and four-door Crew Cab with four, conventional, front-hinged doors.
Wheelbases range from 137 inches on regular-cab models to 172.4 inches on the Crew Cab dualie. Regular-cab pickups have an 8-foot cargo bed and measure 226.6 inches long overall, while SuperCab models are equipped with either a 6.75- or 8-foot bed and have an overall length of 231.4 or 247.6 inches. Either bed can be installed on the four-door Crew Cab, which measures 245.8 or 262 inches long overall. A diesel-equipped F-250 Super Duty truck can tow as much as 13,700 pounds.The new Harley-Davidson model comes in three body colors and includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, a chrome tubular step bar, the Harley-Davidson Bar & Shield insert and other distinct styling cues.
Regular-cab models seat either two or three occupants. Cloth upholstery is standard, and leather captain’s chairs and a power driver’s seat are optional. The split, front bench seat includes a folding center armrest that can hold a laptop computer. A folding three-place rear bench seat goes into the SuperCab and Crew Cab models.
Under the Hood
Ford’s standard 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine produces 260 hp. The 6.8-liter V-10 generates 310 hp and 425 pounds-feet of torque. For buyers who need the highest level of power, the Power Stroke 6.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 yields 325 hp and 560 pounds-feet of torque.
All models can be equipped with a six-speed-manual transmission. The gasoline engines may team with a four-speed automatic, while the diesel can work with a five-speed automatic. Super Duty pickups are available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
Dual front airbags and antilock brakes are standard.