2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor gets industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is already an amazing and mean off-roading, go-hard pickup but for the 2013 model year, FoMoCo is once again raising the bar with industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels to help increase grip in low-traction conditions.

What the heck are beadlock wheels? Basically, 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.

“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.”

The 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor also gets HID headlamps, SYNC with MyFord Touch and a new color called Terrain.

Buyers will also get to enjoy the FOX Racing Shock dampers, Torsen front differential and front-mounted camera technologies.

Power for the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor still comes from the 6.2 liter V8 making 411-hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with tow-haul mode and SelectShift Automatic.

Ford says that F-150 SVT Raptor sales are up 20 percent in 2012, breaking 2011’s record in the January to May period.

– By: Omar Rana