Ford Raptor Redefines Factory Off-Road Truck with Exclusive New
Beadlock Wheels, High Technology, Camo-Inspired Color
- Ford raises the F-150 SVT Raptor bar again for 2013, offering
industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels to help increase grip in
- SVT Raptor now offers high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps for
improved visibility, SYNC® with MyFord Touch® for added connectivity
and an all-new earth-toned color called Terrain
- New Raptor offerings build on internal triple-bypass FOX Racing
Shox™ dampers, Torsen® front differential and front-mounted camera
technologies, adding even more high-performance off-road capability
DEARBORN, Mich., June 26, 2012 – Ford is delivering higher levels of
capability in the new 2013 F-150 SVT Raptor, answering the call from
off-road enthusiasts for even more performance.
The latest Raptor features available industry-first,
direct-from-the-factory forged-aluminum conventional wheels that can
be upgraded after purchase to extra-capable beadlocks, plus other
functional improvements. These include available high-intensity
discharge HID headlamps that are brighter and whiter than standard
lamps, significantly expanded connectivity features and Terrain, a new
earth-toned exterior color.
"Ford F-150 SVT Raptor's popularity continues to grow based on
its proven reputation," said Ford SVT Chief Engineer Jamal
Hameedi. "It's the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup, so
it's critical that we continue to push the boundaries of off-road
capability. New available beadlock wheels help to improve Raptor's
performance in soft sand and other challenging conditions, enabling
our customers to go further."
SVT Raptor sales are up 20 percent in 2012, breaking last year's
record in the January to May period.
Off-road high performance
Raptor's newly available forged wheel combines the proven reliability
of a conventional wheel with the capability to convert to a true
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 on the trail.
Raptor's wheels are unique because converting from conventional rim to
beadlock only requires that customers unbolt the standard outer
decorative ring, dismount the tire from its regular position and then
remount the tire in the lock-enabled position with the available
beadlock ring kit from Ford Racing.
This marks the first application of a wheel that has both conventional
and beadlock-mounting abilities – a solution so innovative that Ford
has filed for a patent on the system.
"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."
SVT Raptor connectivity
SVT Raptor features Ford's acclaimed SYNC® communications and
entertainment system, allowing hands-free voice-activated control of a
driver's mobile device and the truck's audio system. For 2013, SVT
Raptor adds a new 4.2-inch multifunction LCD screen for the MyFord®
driver connect technology.
SVT Raptor's driver connectivity can be upgraded to MyFord Touch®
using an 8-inch center stack touch screen with five-way controls
mounted on the steering wheel. In addition, this connectivity upgrade
features the 4.2-inch productivity screen, mounted in the instrument
cluster. Driver-configurable, 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.
SVT Raptor can be specified with an available voice-activated
Navigation System using the 8-inch screen and SD-card capability for
map and points-of-interest storage.
A rear view camera is available as well.
Inside SVT Raptor
SVT Raptor is equipped with standard unique leather and cloth-trimmed
seats, with driver's side power actuation and six-way adjustability.
These seats feature Raptor-specific bolsters to keep the driver and
first-row passenger firmly in place, regardless of terrain
The SVT Raptor interior features unique center stack and door trim
appliqué finish and leather-trimmed steering wheel with thumb pads.
SVT Raptor can be ordered with an optional Luxury Package, adding
numerous comfort and convenience technologies. In addition, SVT Raptor
can be specified with an interior color accent package, featuring
contrasting blue against a black environment and real aluminum trim
Cloth-trimmed sport seats are available to government and fleet
Outside, SVT Raptor is available in Race Red, Blue Flame Metallic,
Tuxedo Black Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Oxford White and a new
Raptor-exclusive hue for 2013, desert camouflage-inspired Terrain.
SVT Raptor prowess and power
Since launching as a 2010 model, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has set the
benchmark for low- and high-speed off-road performance.
Aggressive all-terrain tires, industry-exclusive internal
triple-bypass FOX Racing Shox™ dampers, skid plates and standard Hill
Descent Control™ have established Raptor as an off-road force to be
Building on this foundation, SVT engineers expanded Raptor's footprint
for 2011 with a four-door SuperCrew model, joining the two-door
A Raptor development imperative has been to continually improve
off-road prowess in every dimension, from rock-crawling to hammer-down
Last year, Ford began offering a front grille-mounted camera to
improve driver visibility when climbing over rocks and other obstacles
that might be obscured by the front of the truck. The camera transmits
the captured image via the center stack-mounted LCD screen. A washer
function helps keep the camera's field of vision clear in wet and
The 2012 model year saw Raptor add a Torsen® limited-slip differential
to the 4WD system enabling the truck to balance traction between both
front wheels. If the left front wheel loses traction, the system
forces torque to the right front wheel, and vice versa. The system is
optimized to help minimize steering kickback when navigating
The SVT Raptor is available exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 engine,
producing best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque,
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
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