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2013 Ford Raptor Overview

Thursday, October 4th 2012. | 2013 Ford F-150, Ford F-150 Raptor, Reviews

The Ford Raptor is one of the best off-road trucks out there. With the 2013 Raptor, Ford has gone a step further and has improved the already amazing F-150 Raptor. The most notable improvement in the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor are beadlock wheels that allow better off-roading. The Raptor is the first vehicle ever to get factory fitted conventional forged aluminium wheels that can be upgraded into beadlock wheels. These wheels allow the driver to reduce the air pressure in the tires significantly in order to increase the surface area in contact with the ground when the terrain gets tough without having to worry about the rubber coming off of the wheels. Beadlock wheels allow a person to fasten the edges of a tire between two surfaces which prevents the tire from coming off of the wheel. The Beadlock Ring Kit is made available by Ford Racing.

Other improvements come in the form of HID lamps that provide better visibility when it gets dark and a new colour scheme called ‘Terrain’ which is a new earth toned exterior colour. The features of the Ford Raptor also include a standard front Torsen limited slip differential for the four-wheel drive system, internal triple-bypass Fox Racing Shox dampers, electronic locking rear differential and other such features that facilitate some serious off-roading. The already existing camera attached to the front of previous models has been continued with the 2013 model as well to enhance the visibility of the driver while tackling tough terrains.

Inside the truck you will find the latest version of Ford’s SYNC interface system along with a 4.2 inch LCD screen for the MyFord Touch connectivity feature. For additional connectivity you can upgrade the MyFord system to the MyFord Touch Setup that comes with an additional 8 inch centre stack touch screen.

As far as the engine used to power the 2013 Ford Raptor is concerned, Ford has opted to place the same 6.2 litre V8 that produces 411 horsepower and 434 foot pounds of torque used in the previous model. The transmission is unchanged as well; a six speed automatic sends power to all four wheels. This incredible truck is capable of towing 6000 pounds and can carry a payload of 930 pounds. Moreover, the mileage is impressive as well for an off-road type truck, 11 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway.

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