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MS-RT will soup up your Ford truck or van

Give your delivery vehicle a little bit of street cred

Do you like the idea of commercial vehicles with sporty looks? PHOTO FROM MS-RT

Commercial vehicles aren’t really candidates for customization unless it is crucial to the work they will be doing. Cosmetic alterations, for example, are something that isn’t really necessary. But for Ford, hardworking cars deserve to have a little bit of bling even if they’ll often find themselves being battered and bruised on the job.

If you want to give your Ranger pickup or Transit Custom van some sporting credentials, you can have MS-RT work its magic on your vehicle. It is a collaboration between Ford and M-Sport. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it is the company handling the American firm’s motorsport program. It is famous for its WRC campaign, which has two championships under its belt.

The Ranger MS-RT loses some ground clearance with bodykit. PHOTOS FROM MS-RT

MS-RT’s treatment for the Ranger has it sporting a front splitter, side skirts, a cab spoiler, a ducktail for the cargo bed, and a rear diffuser. The front end gets a new honeycomb-style radiator grille. Further enhancing the truck’s low and wide look are 21-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. The interior has unique suede-and-leather seats with contrast stitching.

As far as on-the-job performance is concerned, the Ranger’s one-ton payload and 3.5-ton towing capacity remain unchanged. It also appears that the V6 turbodiesel doesn’t get tweaked as well. Not that it needs it as it already has 237hp and 600Nm in stock form.

The Transit Custom MS-RT won't do its deliveries any faster than the standard van. PHOTOS FROM MS-RT

As for the Transit Custom, it receives a new front bumper, side skirts, and a rear diffuser and wing. Blue brake calipers peek through the 19-inch wheels exclusive to the model. As for the cabin, it gets the same seat treatment as the Ranger and a heated steering wheel with MS-RT branded trim.

Buyers of the MS-RT Transit can get it in diesel, plug-in hybrid, and electric versions. But just like the Ranger, there are no changes to the performance figures of each powertrain. If anything, it just means that this Transit is at least as capable as the standard one.

Because MS-RT is a Ford-authorized customizer, owners can enjoy the same protection from the automaker’s standard warranty. The vehicles can also be maintained by any of the Blue Oval’s service centers. But before you get excited about the prospect of souping up your Ranger, the MS-RT mods are available in Europe only.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.