Along with the standard F150, the beastly F150 Raptor receives some updates for the 2012 model year.
“A major element of the SVT Raptor program is our work to continuously expand the capabilities it offers to customers. We want to cover all dimensions of off-roading – from desert running to rock climbing,” said Raj Sarkar, Ford F-150 Marketing manager. “We always aim to keep the product fresh and exciting, and all of our changes for 2012 reflect that.”
Going into 2012, the Ford F150 Raptor features a new Torsen front differential that increases grip for the front axle allowing for more versatility.
“This system is key for letting Raptor customers tackle new ground in their truck,” said Kerry Baldori, Ford SVT Global Performance Vehicle chief functional engineer. “Its extreme capability lends itself well to rock climbing situations.”
In addition to the new diff, the SVT Raptor also receives a unique off-road front camera system, the first of its kind in the segment. Using an eight section portion of the 4.2-inch LCD infotainment screen, the camera appears with a series of dynamic and static overlays to aid drivers.
Other updates include new exterior and interior visual appointments. A new Raptor logo makes its way on the F150 as well as more options of graphics for buyers to customize from. A matte anodized blue interior color was also added to replace the outgoing blue interior and is available on all colors except the new exterior Race Red.
Power still comes from the standard 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque – making the F-150 SVT Raptor the most powerful half-ton pickup on the market.
– By: Chris Chin