In addition to the standard and new Limited models, Ford's freshening of the 2013 F-150 has extended to the no-job-too-big SVT Raptor, as well. Look closely and you'll see the new (optional) high-intensity discharge headlamps, the special beadlock wheels available through Ford Racing and the brand-new exterior color, called Terrain. (No, not that Terrain.)

About those wheels: Ford Racing will offer a beadlock ring kit as an option to SVT Raptor buyers. For serious off-roaders, this type of wheel is immensely helpful when the going gets rough. As Ford puts it:

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.

The Raptor's interior gets a slight tweak for 2013, as well, with the addition of a 4.2-inch multifunction LCD screen in the instrument cluster that's paired with the automaker's MyFord Touch infotainment system, still housed in the eight-inch screen on the center console. The powertrain has remained the same, but that's just fine – we're perfectly happy with the 6.2-liter V8, pumping out 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque.

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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 low-traction conditions

- 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 wheel.

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 conditions.

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 components.

Cloth-trimmed sport seats are available to government and fleet buyers.

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 reckoned with.

Building on this foundation, SVT engineers expanded Raptor's footprint for 2011 with a four-door SuperCrew model, joining the two-door SuperCab original.

A Raptor development imperative has been to continually improve off-road prowess in every dimension, from rock-crawling to hammer-down desert-running.

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 muddy conditions.

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 challenging surfaces.

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 differential.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      No doubt, that is my favorite truck on sale currently. Nice upgrades
      ChrisTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Many of you have been to Germany and most of you have seen the Raptor in person. So, Raptor on German roads...too big or works just fine?
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ChrisTT
        You should go find the article from Road & Track circa 1999 when they got a hold of Bill Ford's F150 lighting and took it to Munich. In a land where pickups are meant for plumbers.... First the locals couldn't understand why it needed 5.9 liters. Then they really didn't get why it had a 'kompressor.' When they say the twin smokey burnout patches, they suddenly 'got it.'
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Drakkon
          5.4 liters.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Drakkon
          I wonder what they would have thought of the Ram SRT10. 8.3 liters and a higher top speed than the most powerful German super sedans.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meanwhile, the frame continues to have the structural integrity of cooked pasta.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Meanwhile, dumb-ass owners continue to drive faster than prudent on trails they haven't recce'd. The frame is fine. The broken part is behind the wheel.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        And if you show me a valid case of that happening in the past month with a non-modified (i.e. without the factory safety paramaters in place within the suspension) then you will be right... except YOU CAN'T.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        False. People who taco'ed the frame far exceeded the design parameters. Go too far with anything and it is going to break. Its been covered a million times and I am surprised that people actually upvoted you for spewing nonsense.
        Mitchell J. Mattice
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Don't be "That Guy".
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        [blocked]
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Stooping to your level, I'm pretty sure I saw a video of a 10 year old Silverado (or GMC equivalent) cleanly snapping in half after botching a jump. On the other end of the spectrum, if you drive a trophy truck off a 200 foot sheer cliff, it wouldn't fare much better. See? You take anything past the stupid level and it breaks. The stupid level for a Raptor just happens to be slightly south of jumping dozens of feet off a random hill and landing awkwardly. And even though it bent after sheer acts of yobbo, it was still driveable, still intact, and if it were any stiffer the frame, would have kickflipped the truck into a somersault if the frame didnt absorb the impact.
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      With those new wheels, your penis is extended another 1/4". What a deal!
        4gasem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        Hahaha... I hear ya there! We have these driving around town here and it's too funny. I could see owning one in the desert or the mountains, but we live in the plains of Iowa... Nothing like getting 12mpg driving around the city with an empty bed and no trailer to pull... But damn did he look good! lol
          kcroc10077
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4gasem
          You could say the same about any performance car. How many CTS-Vs, M3s, C63 AMG, GT500s ever get driven on a racetrack. But there they are driving around town not getting much better mpg than this Raptor.
          Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4gasem
          I think his point was more to the fact that they are performance vehicles that are not being used to their full spec not that they aren't being used on the correct surface.
          Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4gasem
          Just because you live on the plains of Iowa doesn't make the truck useless. It's intended to go offroad anywhere. You wouldn't want to take a Rav4 to go bombing across an open plain would you?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4gasem
          [blocked]
          Snark
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4gasem
          Boy, if only Iowa had large expanses of flat, gently rolling terrain and dirt roads that you could bomb down in a Raptor.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4gasem
          [blocked]
      Craig
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beadlocks... Like someone is really going to take that truck seriously off roading.
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Craig
        You lose the internets: http://jalopnik.com/5820104/are-ford-raptor-frames-too-weak-for-off+roading
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Craig
        Clearly you aren't because you're an idiot, but other people do.
        Custom Bikes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Craig
        You're an idiot
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      those beadlocks will be great for the women that curb these at the shopping mall.
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      aren't beedlock wheels illegal for highway use ? educate me please
        Oolly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack
        I can't say that I know the answer to your question definitively and it would likely vary by location, but I see no reason why they would be illegal. From the description in the article it appears very clear how they work. Normally the bead of the tire is held against the rim primarily by air pressure in the tire. With beadlock rims the tire bead is sandwiched between two pieces of the rim to ensure it stays in place when using low pressure to enhance the traction or floatation properties of the tire.
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack
        It's an aftermarket kit sold by Ford to convert the stock wheels to beadlocks. This would be for the hard core off-roader, as you are correct beadlocks are not legal for highway use.
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack
        As long as they're DOT approved (which, coming from Ford, they will be) Beadlock wheels are legal for highway use. It's just a common misconception they're illegal.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack
        [blocked]
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          EDIT: oops, spoke too soon. My bad. Really wish we had an edit button.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          And your point is...? Nowhere in the press release does Ford claim to be the first to offer beadlock wheels from the factory.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack
        Not sure why you got downranked for just asking a legit question lol. I thought the same thing. Didn't realize there was any way that beadlocks were street legal. Learn something new everyday.
      Paul M
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like someone at Ford took a cue from Toyota re: the bead-locks, which have been available from TRD for years: http://www.toyota.com/tacoma/baja.html (Admittedly, the Taco's aren't real, but the style and look are darn similar.)
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another bloated gas hog used for hauling nothing more than a bag of groceries! And who in the world ever came up with the name Raptor???
      Jon Acton
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still don't understand why you can't get a Raptor in XL trim ( I understand the marketing aspect but still it seems dumb). I mean who really needs much less wants all that touchscreen/sync BS in an offroad vehicle? I'd rather have one where I could beat the hell out of it on the trail without having to worry if I scratched or tore my leather seats or got dust in my over priced navi-system. I want to see it more as a hardcore off-road truck rather than a rich prick's cock extension. Don't get me wrong I'm a Raptor fan too....
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jon Acton
        If you look at the press release, they offer a government/contractor trim level.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jon Acton
        You don't have to get the touchscreen...
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jon Acton
        Why would there be dust in the nav system or rips on the seats to begin with unless you were being outright abusive? There's no reason, even if you were driving it hard on the trail, for that damage to occur.
          Bobby_Sards
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          haha snark your a puss, if you have seen any real work vehicles the trim and seats are beat to ****
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          I don't think the Raptor was ever intended to be a true work vehicle, nor would the target audience for a work vehicle want/need a Raptor.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice job ford on the evolutionary improvements each year, but what I really want is a standard cab short bed variation.
      • 2 Years Ago
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