Ford’s F-series is constantly one of the top-selling nameplates in the U.S., hence keeping it fresh is important. Earlier this month in Texas, the standard model variants of the Ford F-150 were unveiled and now Ford has presented the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor that gets a few minor enhancements in features for the new model year. While the mainstream of the SVT Raptor remains very identical to the 2012 model, Ford has tweaked it in little places to make it a more capable off-road machine and also a more connected one. It is hard to imagine that there is anything else that Ford might do to make the Raptor any more remarkable, but actually it found a small number of shortcomings in need of fixing.
The major alteration for the 2013 model year comprise the addition of a new set of forged-aluminum conventional wheels that could be upgraded after buying extra-capable bead-locks, however there are also other functional improvements. The system of Ford is unique as it lets the owner to switch from conventional rim to beadlock by unbolting the regular outer decorative ring, dismount the tire from its usual place and afterward remount the tire in the lock-enabled place with the offered beadlock ring kit from Ford Racing.
Ford’s SYNC communications and entertainment system are featured inside the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The cabin features a revised instrument cluster that houses a new 4.2-inch multifunction LCD display for the MyFord driver connect technology. As well the truck could be equipped with the MyFord Touch infotainment system that has an 8-inch touchscreen display and an accessible voice-activated navigation system. The 2013 model even gets high-intensity discharge HID headlamps that are alleged to be brighter and whiter compared to standard lamps.
The power source has not been changed. The 2013 Ford F-150 Raptor continues to be powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 411 hp (306 kW / 417 PS) and 434 lb-ft (588 Nm) of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system. Moreover, buyers will get to take pleasure in the FOX Racing Shock dampers, Torsen front differential as well as front-mounted camera technologies. For 2013 model, the new-for-2012 Luxury package is back, and genuine aluminum dashboard trim is a part of an offered contrasting blue-and-black interior color choice.
The desert camouflage-inspired Terrain is a new color added by the company in 2013 model. When the updated Raptor goes on sale this fall, it will be also available in silver, red, blue, white, and black color. Price details and new options for the truck will be declared closer to its on-sale date. According to Ford, F-150 SVT Raptor sales are up 20% in 2012, breaking 2011′s record in the January – May period.