2012 Ford SVT Raptor gets new Torsen front differential for rock climbing


Even though the Ford SVT Raptor is built for the rugged terrain and off-road, it isn’t made for rock climbing condition for those who want to venture off the trail.

With the 2012 model, Ford is adding a new Torsen front differential that features a helical gear set to provide maximum torque to the wheels with the most traction. This feature will make the 2012 Ford SVT Raptor more versatile, and it will serve to another category of customers who like to tackle the mountain roads rather than the sand dunes and desert terrain. In addition to the rock climbing equipment, Ford added a front-mounted camera that can be viewed through a 4.2-inch LCD screen. The camera helps the driver to figure out the best place to steer the truck’s front wheels to avoid unseen obstacles on the ground when the truck is facing up upward a mountain or hill.

“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.”

Beside the functional equipment, Ford also added a few styling pieces for the 2012 Ford SVT Raptor. These include a new optional side graphic featuring two diagonal stripes with a black accent. As for the interior, a matte anodized blue treatment is now available along with optional sports seats.

To round out the look of the 2012 Ford SVT Raptor, it gets new Euroflange wheels for off-road protection. Check out the cool video below of the new Raptor in action.