The 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor earned a surprisingly high Total Car Score given the fact that it is a pickup truck in a very competitive segment full of sports cars, sport sedans and hot hatches. But the Raptor is unlike any other pickup on the market today.
Two years ago, Ford went out on a high-performance limb and created essentially a desert race truck one can buy off the showroom floor, with a powerful V8, long-travel suspension with racing shock absorbers, and sophisticated electronic traction controls optimized for a variety of terrain types. The Raptor’s capabilities were further enhanced for 2012 with the addition of a Torsen limited-slip differential in the front axle -- to improve traction in low-speed conditions -- and a new front-view camera, available with the Raptor’s navigation package.
The Raptor is expensive, and it’s thirsty, earning a dismal EPA fuel economy rating. But for the right buyer, it is an absolute thrill ride.
The 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is unique in the fullsize truck marketplace as it’s the only vehicle modified by the factory for high-speed off-roading. It’s wider than the standard F-150 to accommodate a long-travel, race-bred suspension, and it rolls on aggressive, 35-inch-tall all-terrain tires.
The Raptor is available in SuperCab and SuperCrew body styles. Both seat five passengers, though the SuperCrew body is larger and has four fullsize doors. While there is just one model of Raptor, it is offered with several option packages, including a navigation package that includes the new-for-’12 front view camera. The luxury package has added seat coolers to its equipment list.
The Raptor’s powertrain consists of a 6.2-liter V8 engine that sends 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque to a six-speed automatic transmission and part-time 4WD system.
All that power pays a fuel economy penalty, as one would expect: The EPA rated the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor at 11 mpg city, 16 mpg highway and 13 mpg combined.
The towing capacity for the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is rated at 6,000 pounds for the SuperCab, 8,000 pounds for the SuperCrew.
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