When it comes to full size pickups that will take you to the middle of nowhere at alarmingly high speeds, Ford’s highly successful F-150 SVT Raptor is in a class by itself. The already-capable truck gets a few significant upgrades for the 2012 model year, and the changes should help improve the truck’s rock-crawling and climbing ability.
First up is a new Torsen front differential, which will give the 2012 Raptor better front end grip over obstacles than its 2011 counterpart. The Torsen differential uses a helical gearset to transfer torque from a wheel that’s slipping to the wheel that still has traction. The system multiplies torque with a bias ratio of 2.5:1, and is designed and calibrated to minimize steering feedback (which is a good thing in an off-road setting).
Since the Raptor’s now-standard 6.2-liter V-8 makes it the most powerful half-ton pickup on