The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is getting a few tweaks for the 2013 model year, aiming to make it a more capable off-road machine as well as a more connected one.
For the serious off-roader, beadlock tires can mean the difference between driving away at the end of the day, or having to get winched out. Beadlocks allow the driver to let a significant amount of air escape from the tires without fear that the tire will roll off of the rim. This provides more surface area in contact with the ground which means greater traction. For 2013, the Raptor gets beadlock capable tires, that can run also be mounted conventionally, a system so unique that the company has filed for a patent on the design.
New HID headlamps will help increase visibility for the driver at night, while new standard interior tech will keep you connected. Ford’s Sync with MyFordTouch is now available in the truck, as well as a new 4.2-inch multifunction LCD screen located in the dashboard. An eight inch center stack touch screen is the main infotainment source, and can be controlled with steering wheel mounted buttons.
A new earth-toned desert camo color called Terrain (shown above) is also new for the 2013 model year, joining the color lineup of race red, blue flame metallic, tuxedo black metallic, ingot silver metallic, and oxford white.
Staying the same is the 6.2-liter V8 engine, producing 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission. When combined with the engine, the truck’s aggressive all-terrain tires, internal triple-bypass FOX Racing Shox dampers, skid plates and standard Hill Descent Control make the Raptor an attractive from the factory off-road option.