When Ford initially launched the SVT Raptor back in 2009, its promo videos would have led you to believe the truck was ten-feet-tall and bulletproof. While close, even the stoutest off-roaders have their weak points, and in the case of the Raptor this appeared to be the rear frame. After 10 of 14 trucks on a a single high speed desert run reported bent frames, Ford was quick to point out that the trucks suffering damage hit something hard, at speed. Besides, Ford said, all the trucks made it home, which wouldn’t have happened if a stouter frame caused the shock mounting points to fail.
Ford has upped the Raptor’s ante for 2012, and it now comes with a Torsen front differential for even better climbing ability. There’s also an industry-first front view camera system, which allows a driver to pick a line through a boulder field or up a steep, rocky trail. Ford show’s off the new Raptor’s capability in the video below, but you’ll notice it depicts lower speeds and less flight time than earlier promo vids.
We’re still fans of the Raptor, warts and all, since there’s nothing else like it in a new car showroom today. If you want a stouter truck, you’ll have to build it yourself, and we’re guessing it’ll be quite a bit more than the Raptor’s $43,000 starting price.