Marcus De Guzman / Ford | May 21, 2018 09:30
Diesel-powered Ford Transit receives rally makeover
Ever dreamed of having a van that can be as quick and agile like a rally car? While most may think that creating such a vehicle is not possible, Ford wants to prove them wrong by building one that can do just that. Say hello to the MS-RT Transit Custom, a rally-inspired panel van that is unlike anything Ford has built.
Co-developed with MS-RT (aka M-Sport), Ford's World Rally Championship (WRC) team, the Transit Cusom blends van practicality with rally-like performance in a neat package. Not only does it come with an altered exterior, Ford claimed that MS-RT Transit Custom also weighs less and is fitted with bespoke interior trimmings and features.
“The new MS-RT Transit Custom takes an already excellent van and turns it into something really special, which owners are bound to cherish, and which businesses will use to make their brands really stand out. We’re extremely excited about the launch of the new Custom and what it means for MS-RT, as well as our many loyal customers. In addition, it’s also great news for the British economy, as every single vehicle is hand-finished in our factory in Pontypool, South Wales,” said Ed Davies, Founding Director of MS-RT.
Let's start with the most obvious change seen on the Transit Custom: its face. Both the front bumper and front grill receive an aggressive redesign. The former gets a matte black three-bar design while the latter gets a sporty look that is complemented by foglights and an integrated chin spoiler. Other changes seen on the unique Transit are the flared wheel arches, side skirts, rear diffuser and spoiler, and the 18-inch Anthracite O.Z. Racing alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus S1 Evo tires.
Open the van and the rally-inspired design also makes its way into the cabin. The seats are wrapped in leather and suede while the flat-bottomed steering wheel gets neat touches of carbon fiber trim. Topping it all off are the MS-RT branded floor mats and dashboard clocks that further spruce up the interior. SYNC 3 comes as standard and supports navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as such.
Depending on one's preference, the Transit Custom can come with seating for five or six people. If one wants to treat it like a traditional panel / work van, they can do so with the two-seat or three-seat layout. Moreover, the MS-RT Transit can come in either long or short wheelbase versions.
Powering this particular Transit is a 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbo-diesel engine that produces 170 PS. It then can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. It also comes with a sports exhaust system fitted as standard which makes it have a more distinct exhaust note.
For now, it's only available in the UK market with a sticker price of UKP 32,995 (about Php 2.32 million). With MS-RT bringing their rally magic to the Transit Van, it won't be long before Ford's lineup of vehicle may also get the same level of treatment soon.