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Over the last 4 years, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has become one of the most highly respected and sought-after performance pickups in the industry. As Motor Trend reports, the 2012 model continues to impress as the best Raptor Ford has released to date.
While the Raptor is often praised for its speed, the auto publication decided to put the performance pickup to the test with a rock climbing adventure in the mountains near Moab, Utah. Immediately, they commented on its off-road build including its high ground clearance, versatile suspension and tremendous power.
Several tweaks were made to the 2012 model that came in handy for mountain terrain as Ford looks to improve its vehicles each year. In terms of design, a new blue interior package is available and the bright orange exterior of last year has been replaced with Race Red. It also includes new side graphics and aluminum accents in the cabin to add to its premium feel.
The new Torsen front differential significantly improves the front grip of the truck and makes it possible to overcome obstacles that the truck simply couldn’t tackle in previous years. Others improvements include Hill Descent Control, electronic-locking rearend, and a front-facing camera. Additionally, its Off-Road mode allows the transmission to hold gears longer, allowing it to perform in the snow, mud and dirt.
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When the newest generation of Ford F-150s debuted in 2009, they easily won Motor Trend‘s Truck of the Year honors. Ironically, it was also the point when Ford’s engine lineup was noticeably aging. There were three separate V-8 engine options, all of which were slowly falling behind in fuel economy, horsepower, and torque.
The 2011 F-150 lineup has put an end to that era and brought on an exciting new lineup of engines, recently tested by Motor Trend:
- 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost Twin-Turbo Lariat SuperCrew
- 3.7-liter V-6 STX Regular Cab
- 6.2-liter V-8 Harley-Davidson Edition AWD
- 5.0-liter V-8 XLT Supercrew 4×4
As you can see, the three V-8 engines have been swapped out for two brand new V-6s and two new V-8s. All four engines come with variable valve timing, the popular Ford engine feature that can help dramatically improve engine performance in the areas of emissions and fuel economy. All four models also feature the six-speed automatic transmission that was rated highest in previous model years, and all but the 6.2-liter V-8 are made with all-aluminum construction. In perhaps the biggest surprise of all, power has increased across the board from previous model years – even in the newest V-6s.
As for the new V-6s, the Ecoboost version (which runs a mere $750 more) results in a nice torque increase while the STX runs smooth and is great for towing smaller equipment such as a small boat or jet skis. The V-8s provide the power and torque enjoyed by customers in previous models, but are improved in every area. The XLT Supercrew was said to be “so smooth, it doesn’t feel like it’s working hard”, while the Harley-Davidson edition provides just the opposite: “a nasty grumble at idle and fantastic seat-of-the-pants feel”.
There’s no denying that the F-150 has been and will continue to reign as one of the very best trucks on the market. Read the full review from Motor Trend and stay tuned for more Ford truck news right here and on Facebook!
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