Marcus De Guzman / MS-RT, Carlex | August 03, 2017 10:46
Carlex Design, MS-RT rolls out Valentino Rossi-approved Ranger VR/46
The refreshed T6 Ford Ranger is already capable of being an everyday city runaround, as well as a dependable off-road machine. But the guys over at Carlex Design and MS-RT Road Technology thought of making the Ranger even more ready for anything.
Say hello to the Ranger VR/46, a heavily customized pickup that comes with upgraded off-road features and a refined interior. According to MS-RT Road Technology, the VR/46 will allow drivers to 'command the roads and scale the hills'.
The VR/46 is a nod to Valentino Rossi's racing team brand. The 9-time world championship motorcycle himself actually gave the final approval of the customized pickup's design before making it into production by MS-RT and Carlex.
Beginning with the exterior, the VR/46 gets custom front and rear bumpers that give the pickup a rugged appearance. Also present are the LED assist lights mounted on the front grill and daytime running lights (DLRs). All four corners of the Ranger VR/46 come with unique ten-spoke 18-inch graphite-finish alloy wheels that are wrapped in BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires.
When equipped with MS-RT's off-road pack, the Ranger gets the following upgrades as well: suspension lift kit, LED light bar mounted on the roof, underbody and fuel tank protector. Topping it all off are the unique body graphics, custom sports bar and side step boards, and the bespoke dual exhaust sports system made by MS-RT.
Moving over to the interior, Nappa leather blankets the seats and center console of the custom pickup. VR/46 embroidery is also present on the backrests and headrests are painted in a bright yellow hue. There is even a dashboard plaque finished in gloss black that features the VR/46 logo. The steering wheel was also given a mild redesign and now comes with a striped pattern and leather wrapping. Carlex claims this allows for better grip and comfort for drivers.
Standard in-car features from Ford are still available in the customied pickup. These include: SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, reverse camera with front and rear sensors, eight-way electrically adjustable driver's seat and cooling box on the center console.
Providing grunt to the VR/46 is the 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder turbo-diesel. It produces 200 PS along with 470 Nm of torque that is available between 1500 – 2750 rpm. The four-wheel drive system with electronic stability control comes as standard for the MS-RT's VR/46.
The tricked-out VR/46 is only available for the United Kingdom as of now but they plan to offer it soon to other markets.