Ford’s family of pickup trucks, known collectively as the F-Series, represent the best-selling line of vehicles of its kind. The F-150 is its standard line and the Super Duty is for more serious or commercial applications. Perhaps offering the best blend of comfort, good looks, power and utility is the SVT Raptor — a 4×2 or 4×4 truck that is available in regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations. The 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is priced from $43,340, a model that competes the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra and the GMC Sierra.
The 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, a big-bore engine outfitted with larger intake and exhaust valves. This short-stroke cast aluminum engine is designed to make higher speeds and is paired with a six-speed automatic overdrive transmission featuring a tow/haul mode.
The Raptor makes 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 434 foot-pounds of torque at 4,500 rpm. This engine takes regular grade gasoline and is rated at 11 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway for the 4×2 model and slightly less for the 4×4 truck. All trucks are outfitted with a 26-gallon fuel tank; a 36-gallon tank is optional.
Designed to handle the toughest conditions, the Raptor is equipped with a 4:10 Torsen front differential, for improved handling over obstacles and on slippery road surfaces as well as steep grades. Torque is transferred from wheels with less traction to those with more traction to provide a firmer grip.
Hill descent control is a Ford feature that enables the SVT Raptor to descend hills with precision. Instead concentrating on both steering and braking, HDC when activated and set, applies braking automatically. This feature is ideal especially when towing.
The SVT Raptor is equipped with triple-bypass shocks, an engineering feature that offer position-sensitive damping, a longer suspension travel and is especially welcome when drivers are off-loading. An electronic rear locking differential maximizes rear wheel traction for both wheels. Over-sized skid plates ensure that your undercarriage is protected as you take this truck off-road.
Ford sets the SVT Raptor apart from the F-150 pack by outfitting this truck with a unique brick wall front grille that is offset by integrated marker lamps for a truly customized look. Special touches to the front and rear bumper and fascia give a look that is at once sporty and elegant, with cast aluminum running boards and a soft-folding tonneau cover that also offer dramatic touches.
Color-keyed side mirrors with integrated turn signal lights, automatic headlamps, 17-inch cast aluminum wheels and all-terrain BF Goodrich tires are standard. Available options include hood and exterior graphics packages, a tailgate step, a stowable bed extender, power-folding side mirrors, forged aluminum wheels and a larger fuel tank.
This truck has a standard 6,000-pound towing capacity or 8,000 pounds for the SuperCrew model. The SVT Raptor’s gross vehicle weight rating is 7,300 pounds. See your Ford dealer for information pertinent to your particular cab choice.
The unique touches provided on the outside of the SVT Raptor lends to special touches on the inside as well. Seating is for three with the regular cab or for five when the larger cabin choices are selected.
Cloth seating surfaces are standard with leather-trimmed front bucket seats available. Each model comes equipped with 6-way power driver seat and for larger cab models a 60/40 split rear seat. Also available are 10-way power-assisted driver and front passenger seats with lumbar support.
Manual air-conditioning is standard and dual zone climate control is optional. This truck offers easy to read displays including an outside temperature display, a productivity screen and information display center. A remote keyless entry system and a reverse sensing system are standard.
This vehicle offers a tilt steering wheel with leather wrapping, cruise control, intermittent wipers, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, illuminated visors, grab handles, rubber floor mats with the SVT logo, power windows, power door locks and an auxiliary input jack. Also available are heated and cooled front seats, power adjustable pedals, steering wheel mounted controls and a rear view camera.
The SVT Raptor comes with an AM/FM CD player and can be upgraded to a Sony audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio and SYNC with MyFordTouch. Choose an equipment group that brings in desired amenities such as trailer brake control, an upgraded audio system, power adjusted pedals and a navigation system for one standard price.
Safety and Warranty
To help drivers keep their truck planted on firm or rough ground at all times, this vehicle is equipped with four-wheel antilock brakes. Stability control, trailer sway control, a tire pressure monitoring system, dual-stage from air bags and a crash alert system are also included. Every Raptor model comes equipped with a safety canopy system, seatbelt pretensions, a programmable vehicle key and a security system.
Every crew cab Ford truck is rated a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS tests these trucks for front and side impact, rear collision and roof strength, and has assigned its highest rating to the F-150 for these tests.
Ford trucks are protected by a number of standard warranties. A bumper to bumper warranty offers coverage for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. The powetrain (engine, transmission and related drivetrain parts) is covered for five years or 60,000 miles. A corrosion plan offers coverage for five years with no mileage limitation. The safety restraint system is covered for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. Additional Ford warranties are available; see your authorized Ford dealer for more information.
Brenton Nallie is a native of from San Antonio, Texas. He is a freelance writer with a passion for cars. He enjoys writing about the newest car and truck accessories on the market including items from Bull Ring USA.
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