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SVT Raptor Adds Off-Road Ability for 2012

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Already revered for its off-road prowess and muscular exterior styling, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is improving its capabilities further for 2012. Revisions to the pickup for the new model year include a new differential designed to increase off-road aptitude and a host of detail changes aimed at improving the truck's comfort and convenience.

The big news for off-road enthusiasts is the addition of a Torsen limited-slip front differential, complementing a similar system already in place in the rear. Designed to assist when scrambling up steep inclines with loose surfaces, the new differential ensures torque is applied to the front wheel with the most traction. According to Ford, it helped Torsen design the differential to specifically match the Raptor's advanced traction control system.

Another new tool designed to help off-roaders is a new front-facing camera mounted in the Raptor's grille. Designed to allow drivers to get a clear view of obstacles ahead that may otherwise be obscured by the truck's hood, the optional camera can be activated below 15 miles per hour, displaying its images directly to the Raptor's navigation system screen. Ford says the camera even features a dedicated washer nozzle designed to keep it free from debris while trudging around off the beaten path.

"A major element of the SVT Raptor program is our work to continuously expand the capabilities it offers to customers," said Raj Sarkar, the F-150's marketing manager. "We want to cover all dimensions of off-roading - from desert running to rock climbing. We always aim to keep the product fresh and exciting, and all of our changes for 2012 reflect that."

The Raptor also includes several other minor changes for 2012. On the outside, a new body graphic featuring the same Raptor logo from on the truck's hood is available, while a new interior package adds blue accents to the pickup's seats, center stack and door panels. Ford says the Raptor also adds cooled seats to its luxury package for 2012.

While pricing for the 2012 Raptor has not been set, we expect the trucks to arrive in dealerships by the end of November.

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