MS-RT Transit makes its debut
By Mark Salisbury
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 09:28
Launch pricing and official photographs of the new motorsport-inspired MS-RT Ford Transit Custom have been revealed as the model makes its official debut this week.
The MS-RT Transit Custom has a fusion of style and practicality offered by no other vehicle on the road, with a choice of panel van or double cab options and two different wheelbases.
Based on the already handsome Ford Transit Custom, the all-new model from MS-RT uses technology and aerodynamic influences from Ford’s works-backed rally team to create a performance version of the country’s most popular commercial vehicle, each of which is hand-finished at MS-RT’s custom-built factory in Gwent, South Wales.
The new MS-RT Transit Custom’s exterior styling includes a full front bumper and grill replacement with integrated factory fog lamps, extreme front diffuser, wide body arch extensions, sills, rear diffuser and rear spoiler, all of which are manufactured by MS-RT at its UK factory in Pontypool, South Wales.
It also comes with a British-made twin sports exhaust system, along with unique MS-RT exterior branding and decals.
The MS-RT Transit Custom also gets exclusive new 18-inch Anthracite OZ Racing alloys with 103 XL load-rated Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 tyres, along with Eibach performance lowering springs. The combination improves handling and responsiveness, while at the same time ensuring the Transit Custom still delivers where it needs to by maintaining its payload capacity.
Inside, the performance theme continues with a handcrafted MS-RT nappa leather and suede seat facings, along with a distinctive MS-RT sports steering wheel with carbon fibre inlays. The rally-inspired interior theme is completed with MS-RT branded floor mats and dash clocks.
All MS-RT vehicles come with Ford’s latest SYNC3 entertainment system with satellite navigation, dual side loading doors, loadspace lighting, a 230v power convertor, parking sensors, reversing camera, heated windscreen, heated seats and upgraded HID headlights with integrated daytime running lights.
Under the bonnet, the van has Ford’s 170PS EcoBlue 2.0 litre TDCi engine, giving 405 Nm of torque. A choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox can be specified. There are also a number of cabin layouts – two-seat panel van, three-seat panel van, five-seat double-cab and six-seat double-cab, with a choice of long or short wheelbases and a tailgate or twin back doors.
MS-RT Founding Director, Ed Davies, said: “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.
“As we launch the vehicle to the media and public this week we fully expect it to become the hottest property on the van market, and like many of the people who will buy it, we can’t wait to get the job done.”
A full list of pricing follows:
|170 PS 280||SWB Tailgate||3 Seat||Manual||£32,995|
|170 PS 280||SWB Tailgate||3 Seat||Auto||£33,995|
|170 PS 280||LWB Tailgate||3 Seat||Manual||£33,990|
|170 PS 280||LWB Tailgate||3 Seat||Auto||£34,990|
|170 PS 280||SWB Barndoors||3 Seat||Manual||£32,995|
|170 PS 280||SWB Barndoors||3 Seat||Auto||£33,995|
|170 PS 280||LWB Barndoors||3 Seat||Manual||£33,990|
|170 PS 280||LWB Barndoors||3 Seat||Auto||£34,990|
|Double Cab In Vans||Pricing|
|170 PS 320||SWB Tailgate||5 seat||Manual||£34,495|
|170 PS 320||SWB Tailgate||5 seat||Auto||£35,495|
|170 PS 320||SWB Tailgate||6 seat||Manual||£34,495|
|170 PS 320||SWB Tailgate||6 seat||Auto||£35,495|
|170 PS 320||LWB Tailgate||5 seat||Manual||£35,490|
|170 PS 320||LWB Tailgate||5 seat||Auto||£36,490|
|170 PS 320||LWB Tailgate||6 seat||Manual||£35,490|
|170 PS 320||LWB Tailgate||6 seat||Auto||£36,490|
|170 PS 320||SWB Barndoors||5 seat||Manual||£34,495|
|170 PS 320||SWB Barndoors||5 seat||Auto||£35,495|
|170 PS 320||SWB Barndoors||6 seat||Manual||£34,495|
|170 PS 320||SWB Barndoors||6 seat||Auto||£35,495|
|170 PS 320||LWB Barndoors||5 seat||Manual||£35,490|
|170 PS 320||LWB Barndoors||5 seat||Auto||£36,490|
|170 PS 320||LWB Barndoors||6 seat||Manual||£35,490|
|170 PS 320||LWB Barndoors||6 seat||Auto||£36,490|