Spotted Raptor Has Freshened Face

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These photos where recently snapped and make us think the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor will get some kind of face-lift. Although the vehicle is tagged to have the 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood, it seems that the front end might sit a little higher than normal. That could mean less weight, which has us thinking about a smaller, lighter engine for motivation.

All that would add up to a possible test unit for an EcoBoost Raptor — for interested buyers who have wanted to buy the Raptor but just couldn't force themselves to deal with the significant fuel economy penalty. 

We're guessing the grille wraps prevent us from seeing the oversized front cooler and associated plumbing. Of course, we suppose it's also possible this could be Ford's first application of the joint venture it has planned with Toyota to make full-size hybrid pickup trucks, but we doubt it. At this stage, we can only guess. 

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Comments

@Buy American Or Say Bye To America!

LMAO!

@ Frank
you could always be an Eagles fan like me, what a bunch of losers just like GM

@Dan the Man,

I always have and always will be a fan of the RAIDERS!!!!


@Dafish - You can use a Raptor for work, but it can carry much less weight than a conventional 1/2 ton. That concept seems to be totally lost on the guy you mentioned.
An overloaded Raptor would be more obvious than an overloaded conventional 1/2 ton because the longer suspension travel would exaggerate the squat.
Stiffer springs on Raptor would interfere with rapid wheel travel. Decreased cargo capacity is a compromise. For an offroad "sport" truck, the ideal set up would be springs just stiff enough to support the weight of the passengers, fuel, and minimal gear used for offroading. In other words, next to zero cargo capacity.

tundra............ no change to the big bass looking truck
titan.............. same ole truck but better looking then a tundra
chevy........nothing new. same old looking truck from 1988.
gmc......see above post.
dodge....out of the truck business.
ram.......taking over the dodge truck business.

Tell us what you would report on in any of these trucks.Nothing new to report.

Ford raptor has new stuff happening with it.Fords new ecoboost is killing the competition. Ford is trying to move to a energy hybrid system in part with toyota.

See you actually have to be doing something to your truck to get a truck magazine to report it.None of the other trucks listed above are even changing a grill or adding new anything so the only co. doing new innovative stuff is ford.Be it big or little ford is always doing something to improve the best seller thats why its the best seller.

Would you like to see a report from pickuptrucks saying hey this is a chevy truck.Nothing new to report but chevy says hi.

The all new titan is coming in ugh ugh ugh 3 more yrs but nissan say's hi

Chevys new truck ugh ugh ugh will be here in 2 to 3 yrs. Chevy say's hi again.

BIG BIG NEWs to report. the ranger almost out sold the tundra again last month. Oh wait thats another ford story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait hold on to your hat's breaking new's here. Dodge doesn't have a truck any more but ram say hi.

See ford is the only one doing anything to talk about but say hi to chevy for me.

The best never rest. ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford ford . This should be enough about ford to hold you over the holidays.

FORD SAID TO TELL YOU HI. Merry Christmas and more ford news to be coming soon.

LMFAO

I wish Chevy would build stuff like this. I'm so sick of Ford having all the fun. Oh no says GM. Can't do that! It would cost too much money and we couldn't have our knockoff GMC line then. King Ranch or Platinum interiors for your Chevy? Oh No says GM. SFA for your Chevy HD? Nope, can't have that either. A Slogan for Chevy Truck's such as, oh let's say "Like A Rock"! Nope.. GMC gets 'professional grade' though. Chevrolet Used to be the King of trucks! GM ruined them. I'm now with the rest. Real trucks don't have twins. Chevrolet has been ruined, I'm tired of Ford, Dodge trucks and cars here I come.

@Paul
Bob says hi

;) ROTFLMFAO

At Ed - I'm with you. I can't stand GMC... GM took the rebadge line and tried to make it premium and dethroned Chevrolet. Look who got the good sheetmetal this time.. That's why I left Chevy and went to Ford. Premium trucks and cars 100% of the time. Can't get that in a Chevrolet product anymore. And Peter, The IFS in the Raptor shares nothing in common with the IFS on the Silverado. The Raptor has Tons of wheel travel. Even with that it's still not for Heavy Duty use like the Super Duty is. GM went cheap. They dropped the frame low and just tied torsion bars into it. That's not how its done GM. A proper IFS for HD use would be Portal like a Humvee. You Used to do it properly with a high frame and SFA. What happened to you guys??

@Randy,

I have the same sentiment. I now run Fords!

@Frank,

FORD = Failure Of Research & Development.

Have fun driving a failure Franky.... LMFAO!

RAM = Rusty And Mediocre........

Just a reminder that when your built Ford tough you don't need a "goodwrench"

The Ford / GM supremacy rivalry shall never be settled. It nearly was once but then someone came up with the "too big to fail" rule ensuring the perpetual existence of both...

The new GM = Broke ass, bailed out, and still filed for bankruptcy, LOSERS Ford wins again and GM Loses that is the truth because i only speak the truth

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Techniques

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Mechanic
Coming

Cars
Have
Extracted
Vaginal
Yeast

Frank-

You are killing me, dude! That is some hilarious stuff!

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Horribly
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svt Super Vagina Truck

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Kleenex

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This one is dedicated to the Craptor,

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Why do they change small things so often when it isnt necessary? 80-87(?) looked the same, no problem. 88(?)-91 looked the same , again no problem. 92-96 looked the same and wasnt a lot different from the previous look, AGAIN it looked fine. 97-03, 04-08. Now they think they have to change grills and such every year or so? Does the research show that? If so then the average buyer needs slapped. Dont fix what isnt broken. Id have been happy if they had kept the 04 look all the way to now and for another 4 years.

Benchimus-

I am guessing that it helps with the people that lease every three years. It motivates the person to come and get the new fresh looking model. Who wants to trade their vehicle in for another identical vehicle?

@Buy American- That may very well be. However I for one would have no problem buying a 2012 that looks just like my 02 provided that was actually what they were doing.

is it me or are the rear wheels different than the front.?. trying on new rims?

Funky
Odoriferous
Rectal
Discharge

@- bob
Are you referring to yourself?

EagleXYZ-

I think you might be right? You have eyes like an eagle.

OPEC loves these stories. How about increasing the horsepower, increasing the price, and lowering the fuel economy. This is the story of the Big 3. When gas hits $5 or $6 a gallon people will be trying to unload these gas hogs for whatever they can get for them just like 3 years ago when the financial crisis hit and gas prices hit $4 a gallon and up. $100 a barrell and up, people have short memories.

Glad to see Ford keeps updating the Raptor, this is a great sign that the truck will be around for a long time. I enjoy reading the comments from the upset GM fans about Ford articles all over the site. I guess they do not understand that a news site posts the news and Ford is very good at marketing. They do not release all of their info at once and keep making improvements.

Oh, and figured I'd add to the fun.

F##king
Owners
Really
Dumb

G@y
Mans
Chevy

Found a better picture of the next-gen raptor

http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=7936&e=product&pid=63953

Why couldn't they have these when I was a kid?
Heading to the store to buy one for my niece.

"OPEC loves these stories. How about increasing the horsepower, increasing the price, and lowering the fuel economy. This is the story of the Big 3. When gas hits $5 or $6 a gallon people will be trying to unload these gas hogs for whatever they can get for them just like 3 years ago when the financial crisis hit and gas prices hit $4 a gallon and up. $100 a barrell and up, people have short memories." -From a former Big 3 Lover

If I am the only one on my block with high-powered and highly capable "gas hog" vehicles, because everybody ran to downsize their cars/trucks, that will be fine by me. I will continue to enjoy my beastly; 242 c.i. I-6, and 302 c.i./345 c.i./360 c.i. V-8s while the petrol stations continue to pump the liquid gold.

A month or two after my wife and I bought our beautiful brand new Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 Power Wagon, hurricane Katrina hit. Petrol prices shot up from the low to mid-$2.00 per gallon up to over $4.50 per gallon. The first time it took $145.00 to fill up the tank, from $75.00 to $80.00 the previous weeks, I wanted to cry. I am not going to lie. It hurt and stung a little but we still survived and adapted. I will not sacrifice my families safety, or my driving pleasure, by giving up my big heavy and fun vehicles.

I want to get a vanity license plate for my Dodge that says: Smart forsix. Just because it is smarter than the Smart fortwo. I can fit six people in the cab, I can haul 2,000 pounds in the bed, I can tow 10,000 pounds, and I & my family stand a better chance of surviving a traffic collision. Now that is smart.

The Smart fortwo is only smart in the sense that family members will not have to pay for a casket after the driver dies in a collision. The driver can just be buried in the rolling casket on wheels that it is.

@The Tone - Sweet! Sign me up for Two!

Life
Time
Disability

Load of
Tin from
Detroit

Fat
Owners
Rusted
Dungpile

Fuel economy penalty... Not in the real world. Unless you drive under 60 mph majority of the time.

The f150 is probably going with the 2 bar design that's on the super duty ...

I like it. Hot looking truck.
Too bad it's designed and built by ford.

My guess is projector HID headlamps and hopefully 3.5 ecoboost under the hood. all the other fords are going HID why not the F150.

Frank's
Old
Rusted
Dishwasher

@ Gopher - That is an old concept picture, which is NOT what the next Silverado will look like. Also, GM will be going with more powerful, smaller cubic inch DI engines, so the LS7 is out, as far as trucks go.

And to the poster about the "ford frame problem" with the Raptors, there isnt one. Just because a group of guys didnt use their heads while offroading, why should Ford pay? They even warn you when you buy the trucks, that these are not Trophy Trucks.

Ford = Raptor
Dodge = Ram Runner
Chevy = sorry.....make ur own. !#%!@% !!! Wake up GM!

Ford has a Raptor page on Facebook. GM guys please come to Chevy Offroad Racing on Facebook as well. There is Long Travel info there for suspensions.



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