2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the latest pickup car from Ford maunufacturer, after being unveiled for the first time in 2010. Although closely similar than 2012 model, Ford has tweaked it in a few places to make it more driver-friendly and more off-road capable.
2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor powered with 6.2-liter V8 engine which can produce 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft of torque. And the engine will be supported with 6-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.
Ford SVT Raptor will be offered with a new set of forged-aluminum conventional wheels that can be upgraded after purchase to extra-capable beadlocks. In order to convert them from conventional rims to beadlock, the driver only needs to 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 is the first time Ford is offering a wheel that has both conventional and beadlock-mounting abilities.
One big difference you will notice on the 2013 model year comes at nighttime. When you fire up the headlights to cut through the black of night, you will be able to see things a little more clearly with its all-new optional HID headlights.
There is some body color choice including: Race Red, Blue Flame Metallic, Tuxedo Black Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, and Oxford White. Ford did, however, add in an additional color that is specific to the 2013 SVT Raptor and that is the desert-camouflage-inspires Terrain.
In the interior, the SVT Raptor looks to be completely untouched, as it still boasts leather- and cloth-trimmed seating with a 6-way adjustable power driver’s seat. Bolsters on the sides of the seats wrap around the passenger and driver to hold them in place while the truck receives it prescribed off-road thrashing. For government and corporate fleets, Ford offers full-cloth seating in the SVT Raptor.
For a little extra styling, you can opt for Ford’s interior color accent package, which has blue accents to contrast against the rest of the SVT Raptor’s black interior. The Raptor also includes real aluminum trim components throughout its interior.
Last year’s SVT Raptor received Ford’s Sync system, which is now a part of the computer hall of fame, but it did not receive Ford’s MyFord system. Well, the 2013 model year did receive this high end driver connection technology, as an available option. This MyFord system starts off with an 8-inch LCD touch screen in the center stack, which also includes 5-way controls mounted on the steering wheel. This system also adds in a 4.2-inch LCD screen in the instrument cluster that displays pertinent information, like menus for adjusting gauges, trip computer, fuel economy, and towing or off-road applications. Because of its utilitarian nature, Ford manufactured the control knobs for MyFord so that gloved hands can easily make adjustments.
MyFord offers a wide range of features, including: phonebook, voice recognitions, voice command, AM/FM/SiriusXM radio, song tagging, vehicle personalization, 911Assist, etc. We are sure there are going to be several special off-road and performance apps on the SVT Raptor’s MyFord system, but Ford has kept that under wraps for now.
With the MyFord system, you can also opt for a voice-activated turn-by-turn navigation system, which we wonder if it will be tuned for the oft-off-the-beaten-path Raptor, by including GPS positioning for off-road driving. You can also opt for a rear view camera to help with backing up safely.
A carryover from last year is an optional front-mounted camera to help you gauge your SVT Raptor’s clearance while off-roading with it. This system also features a washer to clean off any mud that may get on the camera’s lens.
2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor will be marketed later this year and the price will be annouched at market release dates.