We don’t know how else to describe the shriek of the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, but that’s how we imagine it is spelled. In most languages, that unpronounceable sound translates to a reverent and slightly fearful “whoa.”
“Whoa,” is how crowd goers at the Texas State Fair will react when they see the new Raptor later today. Aside from a few new hood and body graphics, and new 17-inch alloy wheels, the 2012 Raptor features two unseen technological advances that make it the envy of off-roading: a low-speed, front view camera for rock climbing and hill ascent, and a front differential designed by Torsen and SVT to further improve off-road traction.
“A major element of the SVT Raptor program is our work to continuously expand the capabilities it offers to customers. We want to cover all dimensions of off-roading, from desert running to rock climbing,” said Raj Sarkar, Ford F-150 Marketing manager. “We always aim to keep the product fresh and exciting, and all of our changes for 2012 reflect that.”
Of course, the Raptor brings back the 411-hp, 6.2-liter V-8, and it’s still seven-inches wider than a standard F-150. It still has Fox Racing shock absorbers, providing 11.2- front- and 12.1-inch rear suspension travel, a first among “off-road” capable trucks, and 35-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires. Inside, its got plenty plush for the tush, too, with accented, leather-trimmed seats, a Sony 5.1 Dolby Digital audio system, and a 4.2-inch LCD screen in the center stack.
We don’t have a price or release date yet, but expect to see it in showrooms soon.