Ford Transit Connect van gets a motorsport makeover

MS-RT Ford Transit Connect

Tuning company MS-RT has revealed its sporty take on the Ford Transit Connect.

Like the larger Transit Custom that MS-RT revealed in 2018, the Connect features an aggressive styling kit to help it stand out.

A jutting front splitter and bumper with large intake grilles redefine the van’s front end. You’ll also spot side skirts and a new rear bumper, diffuser and roof spoiler.

MS-RT Ford Transit Connect

The kit is manufactured on-site at MS-RT’s Pontypool facility in South Wales. Complementing the new bodywork is a set of 18-inch OZ Racing alloys, which you can order in silver or bronze.

Giving the Transit Connect a bit more vocal range is a new stainless steel sports exhaust. Its cabin is spruced up with leather and suede trim, plus a carbon-embellished steering wheel.

MS-RT Ford Transit Connect

As MS-RT works with Ford’s rally division, there is a nod of approval from the Blue Oval. All MS-RT Transit Connects will be warrantied to three years or 100,000 miles.

So what will this tastier Transit cost you? It starts from £23,995 with a manual gearbox, or £24,995 with an auto, although both those prices exclude VAT. Add the optional sticker pack, black exhaust tips and a full carbon wheel and that price swells further.

We’d consider paying extra for the bronze wheels and fruity app-controlled exhaust.

MS-RT Ford Transit Connect

Orders will start arriving in September, but if the Connect doesn’t quite meet your needs, double-cab and long-wheelbase versions will follow before long.

“We’ve enjoyed unprecedented success with the MS-RT Transit Custom, with the order books completely full since launch,” said MS-RT director, Edward Davies.

“Our customers absolutely love their vans and the uniqueness of them, so we expect that the Connect will develop a similar following among those who want a commercial vehicle with genuine motorsport heritage, fantastic sports styling and a full manufacturer-backed warranty. We can’t wait to deliver the first Launch Edition models later this year.”

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