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Among the changes are some brighter paint colors and a more obnoxious — some might call it stylish — graphics package and a few interior accents. But the biggest changes come in the form of a front Torsen differential and grille-mounted camera (with a tiny spray nozzle to wash away mud or dust).
For the most part, the 2012 model still comes in just one flavor, sporting the growly 6.2-liter V-8 with single overhead cam, two valves per cylinder and aluminum heads. It's still rated at 411 horsepower and 434 pounds-feet of torque.
The Raptor's cab configurations continue to come in SuperCab (133-inch wheelbase) and SuperCrew (145-inch wheelbase). The two models we drove in Texas were SuperCrews — one Rowdy Red, the other Bolt Blue.
The front Torsen diff is by far the most significant change to the 2012 model, as it implies Ford is expanding the Raptor's performance parameters to include slow-go 4x4 prowess. On the ranch loop course, we did several slow-speed rock-hopping sections, some higher-speed open-field running, and we went on a loose rock portion as it skirted the banks of a large stream.
The most striking characteristic of the extra front traction is how invisible it is. You'll feel a slight tug when the cams ramp up on each other inside the diff, for the most part, giving the wheel with traction a bit more grip. The trail we were driving on wasn't an ideal proving ground, but the feel of Torsen on our trail was more like locker in tractive pull, but it never did feel the slightest bit heavy during cornering, like lockers do.
We didn't have the benefit of airing down any tires, but we still made short work of a loosely potholed 70-foot hill climb that had been damaged by tire-spinning SUVs and full-size heavy-duty pickup trucks. (It probably would surprise no one to discover that most auto writers are horrible off-pavement drivers.)
The extra traction was noticeable up the steep grade, but what surprised the crud out of us (with plenty of hill-climbing experience in a new fully lockered Ram Power Wagon) was when we had to make a sharp left at the top of the climb, just before a wall of rock that we couldn't see out the windshield but did see in the console navigation screen. The hard left was easy and progressive, without any harsh steering-wheel feedback, just like you'd expect on a flat, paved road.
The other interesting feature on the 2012 model is Ford's decision to include a grille-mounted front camera. That alone is cool, but the way Ford integrated the view into the steering-wheel toggles and information center display seems to make sure no one will accidently flip on the camera on the center console screen. In fact, the camera will go on only when in low range and you must be moving slower than 15 mph. If you go faster, the camera defaults to the previously chosen screen — nav, stereo, Sync, whatever you like — and then comes right back to the front view when you slow down for the next obstacle. The same depth and alignment lines that appear when you use the backup camera also appear on the front camera: Blue lines tell you how your vehicle will move forward, and yellow/orange lines tell you the distance and direction the vehicle is pointed.
The system may sound complicated, but it gives drivers the very real ability of knowing exactly what is under each corner of the massive hood, something that had always been a mystery for Raptor drivers without a spotter. In effect, the camera negates the need for a spotter because you can see the approaching obstacles and see exactly where to place a tire to keep your sheet metal out of harm's way. It's a simple piece of technology, but it will definitely help you do less body damage to your truck. (Of course, the obvious question is how many Raptor owners are really doing that type of trail exploration.)
A high-pressure washer nozzle cleans the camera lens, but neither of the larger headlamps has a wiper or washer nozzle. (Technology, some might argue, is more important for the safety of the driver.) How well the camera and sprayer survive harsh winters, rock chips and swarms of springtime insects remains to be seen, but for now, the view from the Raptor driver's seat — and the truck, all around — is just about the best it has ever been.
What does that mean to any challengers that might want to follow suit? Only time will tell. In the meantime, the Ram Runner, Power Wagon, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (aren't they all from the same company?) and Toyota Tacoma TRD Baja Series haven't responded with their own surround-view camera setups, but we'll see. From where we sit, the Raptor looks to be the leader of this high- and low-speed 4x4 parade. I think I smell another comparison test. Any suggestions on where and what trails we should be thinking about? Let us know.
Information retrieved from: Pickuptrucks.com
Introducing the 2013 Ford Escape.
The all new, redesigned 2013 Escape.
Although the EPA has yet to weigh in, Ford says projected fuel economy is
up to 5 mpg better than the outgoing Escape. The 2012 Escape FWD with the
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns
21 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
The standard engine in the 2013 Ford Escape is an updated version of the
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Ford says that engine will deliver an
estimated 168 horsepower; the current 2.5
makes 171 hp.
The 2013 Escape, which goes on sale next year, can also be equipped with an
optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine
that delivers an estimated 237 hp, or a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers an estimated 173
hp. Both engines combine direct fuel injection with turbocharging. The EcoBoost engines in the Escape are linked to a
standard six-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is making its American debut in
Ford also notes that the new Escape is 10 percent more aerodynamic than the
outgoing model. An active grille shutter system comes on models with the
1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The system helps to cut wind resistance.
Pricing has not yet been announced on the 2013 Escape.
Ford said the 2013 Escape will also feature "curve control technology,"
which slows the vehicle down when it's cornering too fast, and "torque
vectoring control," to help it accelerate through turns.
Goodies on the 2013 Escape include an optional power liftgate.
The new Escape — it will be sold as the Ford Kuga in Europe and China —
will make its European debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show in March with
"unique powertrains and features," Ford said in a statement.
Although the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline stands at
$3.41, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge, oil analysts tell Inside Line
that they wouldn't be surprised to see $4-$5 per gallon gas in the spring
— about the same time as the Escape hits showrooms.
Information retrieved from: Inside Line
2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Tour
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The Cadillac Escalade ESV is a longer version of the Escalade. The ESV is a
large, luxurious SUV that delivers performance and style. Classy and
powerful, it looks great for a night on the town or can haul everything
needed for a weekend getaway.
The ESV features a long wheelbase and an increase in total length, greatly
enhancing third-row seat legroom and rear cargo space. Available as a 4x2
or 4x4 the Escalade ESV is powered by a 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 with Active
Fuel Management and E85 compatibility, mated to a six-speed automatic
transmission. Getting into the third row is easier with the ESV; its longer
rear door provides a larger opening. Standard equipment includes a power
liftgate, stability control, remote start, Bluetooth compatibility, a
rear-view camera and side curtain airbags. Some options are Magnetic Ride
Control and 22-inch chrome wheels. The Platinum Edition takes style and
innovation to a whole new level with standard equipment such as LED
headlights, power running boards, and a rear seat entertainment system with
2012 Dodge Charger SRT-8 Tour
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This menacing new sedan marks the triumphant return of the SRT namesake to
the Charger model, and does so with a big 6.4-liter bang.
The new mill adds 0.3-liters to the top SRT offering, and along with that
comes an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of
torque - that's an 80 horsepower bump at 2,900 rpm
compared to the outgoing range-topper.
Dodge has also added some new tech to the 392, including an all-new active
valve Exhaust system that provides for
improved efficiency, as well as Fuel Saver technology that drops the engine
down to four cylinders for improved fuel economy when cruising. An active
intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing also provide
improved low-end torque.
But that's not all
Of course the big engine is the big news for the new Charger SRT8, but
Dodge has also added other exciting tidbits and firsts, such as standard
paddle-shift technology for those who opt for the AutoStick five-speed
Also new for the latest SRT Charger is an adaptive damping suspension that
measures a myriad of inputs such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering
speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral acceleration to
automatically tune and adjust the suspension for optimal handling on the
fly. For added control, drivers can also pre-select from either "Auto" or
"Sport" modes, which quickly adjust the vehicle to pre-set conditions based
on driver demands.
The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system is also improved
with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers more direct
feel and on-center response.
New, split five-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum
wheels with black painted pockets provide help get the power to ground
while giving the SRT8 a menacing style, along with available three- or
Of course with all that power the Charger SRT8 is capable of some serious
performance figures, such as: zero-to-60 in under five seconds, quarter
miles in under 13 seconds, .88g skidpad performance and a top speed of 175
miles per hour.
Naturally, something capable of that much speed needs substantial stopping
power to keep from leaving the road, so Dodge's SRT division equipped this
sedan with four-piston Brembo calipers and vented and slotted rotors
measuring 14.2-inches up front and 13.8-inches in the rear.
Step inside this hot saloon
Inside the SRT8 the sporty style continues with a race-inspired interior
featuring a leather-wrapped, SRT-exclusive steering wheel with a flat
bottom design and SRT logo. The standard paddle shifters flank both sides
of the new steering wheel behind the new contoured palm rests.
Continuing the high-performance look and feel are carbon-weave, fiber
aluminum interior trim pieces that are integrated into the new instrument
panel and shifter bezel.
The front seats have aggressive bolstering and perforated suede insert
fabric to help keep the driver and passengers planted firmly in their
(standard) heated and ventilated seats during spirited driving.
Said standard seats also feature reactive headrests and an SRT logo that is
embroidered into the seat backs. Rear seats are also heated.
The door trim panels have been modified from the standard Charger and
feature unique bolster material and accent stitching on arm rests to match
the seats. Also new is a 900-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio
surround-sound system from Harmon Kardon.
Controlling this high-power stereo is the state-of-the-art Uconnect Touch
system with the largest standard touchscreen display in the segment at
SRT8 and Uconnect exclusives
Exclusive Performance Pages are new for this Charger, and included within
the touchscreen display. The instrument panel display can be customized to
view driver preferences and expanded to include instant feedback on
steering input measurements, horsepower, torque, expanded
engine information, along with zero-to-60 times, 60-to-zero braking,
g-forces and one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times. The color graphic
Electronic Vehicle Information Center also includes the Performance Pages
timers and added engine information.
Don't forget the safety
With so much power and performance on hand, sooner or later someone is
bound to take things a little too far, and for such occasions dodge has
equipped the latest SRT Charger with a slew of safety features.
Included in that list are standard front-row reactive head restraints,
standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver's knee airbag and
standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags.
Also included are adaptive-cruise control with Forward Collision Warning
and Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection. the Charger also
features three-mode electronic stability control with segment-exclusive
Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features.
Information retrieved from: leftlanenews.com
2012 Chevy Avalanche LTZ Tour (Flex Fuel)
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This classic may be one of my all time favorite truck designs. Having had
one in the family for a while now, I can say that the ride is great and
they are very functional. Great truck even for the price tag!
The new Ford Raptor
This is the 2012 Ford Raptor for sale in Birmingham Alabama! 2012 brought
many new features for the Ford Raptor including Torsen Front Differential
and a whole new set of wheels! How wonderful is this amazing Vehicle. This
muscular Truck, with its grippy 4WD, will handle anything mother nature
decides to throw at you... ELECTRIFYING!!! New In Stock! It has great
optional equipment such as: Tailgate Step, 50 State Emissions, Order Code
517A, Unique Front License Plate Bracket... This vehicle is available for
immediate delivery at Town and Country Ford in Bessemer Alabama. We are
located right outside Birmingham Alabama. We also have our newest location
that sells New and Used Ford vehicles in Pell City Alabama. Located just
outside Anniston Alabama.
Give us a call or come by for a test drive.
Town & Country Ford
5041 Ford Parkway
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Ford Raptor vs Ram Runner! - Head 2 Head Episode 14
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend's Mike Febbo and off-road racer
Joe Bacal head to the desert to pit the Ford Raptor against the Ram Runner.
Find out which high performance prerunner tames the tarmac and destroys the
dirt the best!
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Raptor vs. Ram Runner: Head to Head
Get behind the wheel of each truck with pro off-road driver Chad Ragland,
who gives his impressions of the Ram and the Raptor while pounding the
desert sand and tackling monster bumps.
2012 Raptor Expeditions
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6.2L Ford SVT Raptor
This is my neighbors brand new right off the lot SVT Raptor, with Borla Exhaust, and some bigger tires on it.
Great looking truck in person, although its exreamly hard to get the hood
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2012 Ford F150 SVT Raptor testdrive
I got to ride along in a test drive of the 2012 Ford F150 Raptor, that we
just got in. This is a very cool vehicle. We go over some of the features
of it as well. You can purchase this vehicle at Lewis Ford, in