2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor gets even tougher
Off-Road enthusiasts will get even more levels of performance as Ford introduces the 2013 SVT Raptor with more levels of rock-crawling capability. Sales of the 2012 SVT Raptor are up 20 percent breaking last year’s record, and with the 2013 model getting updates, things are looking even more impressive for the factory truck. Since being launched in 2010, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has been impressive for its high-speed off-road performance.
New features for 2013
Ford has announced the addition of some key features like high-intensity discharge HID headlamps that are brighter and whiter than standard lamps. The new 2013 SVT Raptor will also get an industry-first factory forged-aluminum conventional wheels that can be ordered with extra-capable beadlocks. These new beadlock wheels secure the edges of a tire to the wheel between two surfaces so the tire is unlikely to roll off the rim if it’s aired down to very low pressure, providing extra grip for crawling over large rocks.
“Raptor’s exclusive beadlock wheels give the customer the best of both on- and off-road worlds,” said Adam Wirth, SVT chassis engineer. “Tire inflation can be dropped to a very low threshold for maximum traction under extreme conditions, yet holds tight – and stays tight – when returning to the road.”
New technology inside
The 2013 SVT off-road truck also comes with significantly expanded connectivity features. For 2013, the rock-crawler adds a new 4.2-inch multifunction LCD screen mounted in the instrument cluster for the MyFord driver connect technology. This LCD screen includes menus for gauge setup, trip computer, fuel economy and towing/off-road applications. Truck-specific MyFord Touch offers additional button controls and rotating knobs to accommodate a driver’s work gloves. The MyFord Touch can be also be upgraded to an 8-inch center stack touch screen with five-way controls mounted on the steering wheel.
Outside, the 2013 SVT Raptor is available in Race Red, Blue Flame Metallic, Tuxedo Black Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Oxford White and a new earth-toned exterior color called Terrain that is desert camouflage-inspired.
High-performance off-road capability
The 2013 off-road SVT Raptor is available exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, producing 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. The V8 is mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic functionality. The 4WD system features electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case. The front axle features the Torsen differential with 4.10 to 1 gearing. The rear axle is also 4.10 to 1, with an electronic-locking differential.
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