The 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor was named by the Texas Auto Writers Association as the Off Road Truck of Texas in the 20th annual Texas Truck Rodeo completed this past weekend and announced Monday morning Oct. 22.
The 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the only production-ready off road pickup truck available in the U.S. and it was again the big gorilla to beat as it aggressively assaulted the Knibbe Ranch extreme off-road course both days of the Texas Truck Rodeo. For the third year in a row, the big SVT Raptor was quickly sought out to drive by the journalists and it did not disappoint as it won handily over the competition.
This year’s F-150 SVT Raptor continues to rule with its industry leading engineered ability to tackle the toughest off-road terrain from sandy washes to mud to rock crawling in the deserts, the hills and the mountains of the U.S.
For 2013, the Raptor has available industry-first, factory production forged-aluminum conventional wheels that can be converted after purchase to extra capable beadlocks for added ruggedness off the road.
Other new features available include segment-exclusive high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps that are twice as bright as halogen lamps. The SYNC with MyFord Touch technology package is significantly expanded and the exterior treatments include Terrain, a new desert camouflage-inspired exterior color.
Very important to off-roading is the front grille-mounted camera that gives the driver unique visibility to the terrain just in front of the vehicle as they climb rock walls and roll over the edge of steep downhill slopes. The picture of the terrain just in front appears on the center stack-mounted screen that also doubles as the information center and backup camera screen.
The 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is available with an exclusive Big Bore 6.2 liter V8 producing a best-in-class 411 horsepower with 434 lb.-ft. of torque that delivers high speed performance on flat terrain with high torque thrust for low speed crawling and climbing. This exclusive power plant is integrated with an electronic 6-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and augmented with electronic shift-on-the-fly 4X4.
The extremely tough suspension of Raptor builds on internal triple-bypass FOX Racing Shox dampers and a 4.10 Torsen front differential that automatically enables a balance of traction between both front wheels while an electronic locking rear differential (on demand) drives the rear wheels similarly resulting in the most effective delivery of power and torque directly to each wheel as Raptor assaults the sand, mud, water and rocks of the most demanding off-road courses.
The 2013 F-150 SVT Raptor that was driven at the Texas Truck Rodeo had an MSRP, as equipped, of $57,755.