Ford introduces motorsport-inspired Ranger MS-RT

Ford has introduced an exclusive new version of the Ranger pick-up, developed in partnership with vehicle design specialists MS-RT.

Ford has introduced an exclusive new model of the Ranger pick-up, developed in partnership with vehicle design specialists MS-RT.

The Ranger MS-RT combines a motorsport-inspired appearance with a premium specification and hand-finished detailing, offering customers a high-end, street-focused version of the pick-up.

The new vehicle is derived from the Ranger Wildtrak, sharing its equipment list and one-tonne payload.

Ranger MS-RT’s exterior includes a hand-built front fascia featuring a honeycomb carbon fibre-effect grille and integrated fog lights. The striking side profile adds to the sporty character while 20-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels, extended wheel arches and sculpted side skirts create a purposeful stance. Frozen White, Sea Grey or Agate Black paints emphasise the imposing styling, embellished by carbon fibre-effect mirror caps, an aerodynamic load bar and MS‑RT badges.

Inside, the cabin features premium leather trim with contrast orange stitching. There is ambient lighting and heated front seats, while MS-RT detailing for floor mats and scuff plates adds a bespoke feel. Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and navigation system with eight-inch touchscreen simplifies access to communication and entertainment features, and the rear-view camera helps when parking or hitching to a trailer.

Ford’s range-topping Bi-turbo 213hp 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine delivers outstanding performance and pulling power while also offering car-like refinement and optimised fuel efficiency.

It is also fitted with the ten‑speed automatic transmission, which it shares with the Ford Mustang sports car, while the powertrain delivers 213hpS and 500Nm of torque to move payloads of up to 1,098kg and a towing weight of 3,500kg. Ranger’s selectable four-wheel drive system is retained for optimum traction off-road, while a Maxhaust app-controlled soundbox is available as a dealer-fit option for customers desiring a sporty soundtrack.

“Ranger MS-RT is designed for customers who value Ranger’s hard-working capability but want the racing pedigree and hand-finished exclusivity of our MS-RT series,” said Brendan Lyne, director, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “This eye-catching vehicle blends Ford’s decades of success in pick-up trucks with striking motorsport-inspired design to offer a road-focused truck combining immense kerb appeal with the hard-working ability that our customers love.”

MS-RT is a Qualified Vehicle Modifier working with Ford motorsport partner M-Sport to create strikingly modified versions of Ford’s market-leading commercial vehicles.

Ranger MS-RT joins a range of conversions built to factory standards and available directly through Ford dealers, including the Transit Custom and Transit Connect MS-RT vans, and Transit Custom Nugget camper van.

Ranger MS-RT will be available at Ford dealers from summer 2021. Price will be announced at a later date.

Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now the editor of our three commercial vehicle titles: The Van Expert, The Truck Expert and Commercial Vehicle Engineer.

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