2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor gets new toys, kills Molten Orange paint

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Ford's 2012 model updates for the every-terrain F-150 SVT Raptor bless it with a few nifty new tricks, like a front grille-mounted camera. But it also decided kill the best Raptor color, Molten Orange. Why can't we have nice things?

The rest of the exterior updates involve wheel choices and new bodyside graphics including a new "RAPTOR" sticker that should come with a free bottle of Axe body spray. Also, they've killed the graphics that we've come to un-affectionately call — "pixelated mud splash."

Ford's non-cosmetic tinkering with the Raptor stops at two: a new Torsen front differential for better grip and the front camera, which can be turned on at speeds below 15 mph and uses the navigation screen to show you your front approach angle in place of a human spotter.

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What we wouldn't give for a similar camera on the Shelby GT500 facing rearward in order to snag ourselves a true burnout video from the rear.

Illustration for article titled 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor gets new toys, kills Molten Orange paint

And the red shade shown above comes at the expense of the orange that was an unusual bit of flair for truck paint.

The staff of people who pick colors for a living at Ford probably had their reasons for killing it, but those wise enough to buy one now have a collector's item henceforth known as Great Pumpkins.

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Try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period.

You'd get your first look at this..."eighteen-foot turkey" as you move into a clearing. But Raptor, he knew you were there a long time ago. He moves lightly, bobbing his Fox internal bypass shocks, And you keep still, because you think maybe his visual acuity's based on movement, like a Volvo XC60 equipped with City Safety, and he'll stop before he hits you.

But no. Not the Raptor. You stare at him, and he just stares back...with his front grille-mounted camera. That's when the attack comes - not from the front, no, from the side, from the other two Raptors you didn't even know were there...because there's no Diesel rattle to give them away.

Velociraptor's a dedicated off-roader, you see, he uses a Torsen front differential, and he's out in force today. And he runs you down with these - 35" all-terrain tires, on all for corners. They don't bother to bite the jugular, like a lion, they just flatten you, here, or here...or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines.

'Point is, there's a learning curve to the Raptor. So, you know, try to show a little respect: do reconnaissance runs, and build speed slowly. You wouldn't want to end up with a bent frame.