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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.
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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 Chrysler 300C SRT-8 Walk Around
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We'll cut right to the meat and potatoes. As expected, the new SRT8 is
packing a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine, producing an "estimated 465 hp and 465
lb-ft of torque." If those numbers hold up, they represent increases of 40
hp and 45 lb-ft over the outgoing model. The same five-speed automatic
transmission is the only gearbox, but as in the 2012 Charger STR8, paddle
shifters will live behind the flat-bottomed steering wheel. The wheel,
Chrysler says, manipulates a livelier rack than before. The company expects
60 mph to arrive in the high four-second range and the quarter-mile to take
just under 13 seconds. Although the new version will be heavier, we don't
see those times being difficult to achieve, as the last car hit 60 mph in
4.7 seconds and the quarter in 13.2 in our testing. A screen in the IP
includes a function to keep tabs on your personal 0-to-60-mph times,
maximum lateral acceleration, and quarter-mile times, among other numerical
Along with, highway fuel economy is also projected to increase—this by an
estimated 25 percent. To that end, the 6.4-liter gets cylinder
deactivation, and an active Exhaust
system allows it to work over a wider rpm range. The engine and Exhaust also are said to have a throatier voice,
which is most excellent: SRT had a virtuoso as a base point of comparison
A bit stiff riding at times, the old model should be trumped by the 2012
and its Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS). Using variables that include
vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, throttle position, and
lateral force, the suspension automatically adjusts to road conditions and
driving style. It offers a choice between Auto and Sport modes, with the
latter giving the driver full control of shifting duties. The braking
system carries over but cooling is likely to improve from a new belly pan
with integrated brake ducting. New motor mounts will attempt to do away
with the fun but admittedly un-luxurious muscle-car shake at idle.
Those seeking the luxury angle of the 300C SRT8 will find the updated
interior from the regular 2011 300C a welcome change. Adding to the base
car's vastly improved materials, the SRT8 gets real carbon-fiber trim along
with the aforementioned unique steering wheel. Like the normal 300, the
center stack also features the 8.4-inch touch-screen display, but here it
comes with standard navigation and can control an optional and monstrous
900-watt, 19-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo. Additional luxury can be had
from the Premium Leather Interior package, which stretches so-called
"Foligno" leather over the door uppers, the instrument panel, the cluster
hood, and the sides of the center console. Nappa leather then takes over to
finish the doors, armrest, and center armrests. It's a far cry from the
hard plastics of the recent past.
Backing up the underhood muscle are the new front and rear fascias, side
skirts, dual four-inch (!) softball-shooter Exhaust tips, and unique 20-inch wheels. The kit
adds definite visual spice to the already-zesty look of the 300, but you
can go one step further: A new Black Chrome package swaps in upper and
lower grille surrounds, a rear valance strip, and wheels rendered in the
dark shiny stuff.
The SRT8 hits dealers in the third quarter of this year. We'll take ours in
all black with all the black chrome you've got.
Info retrieved from: Car & Driver
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.
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Jumping my Raptor at Tomahawk MX, one of my favorite motocross tracks.
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2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: King of the Sandbox - Ignition Episode 29
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