- New model from MS-RT Transit Custom creators
- Features full bodykit, quad exhaust, 18-inch alloys
- Limited Launch Edition available to first 40 buyers
Welsh Ford van tuner MS-RT is well known for its sporty Transit Custom conversions, which we’ve covered extensively here on Parkers Vans and Pickups. Now the firm is adding a smaller vehicle to its roster, in the form of this new MS-RT Transit Connect.
Based on the Ford Transit Connect, and a follow up to the previous Transit Connect M-Sport, MS-RT will begin selling a limited Launch Edition of the new model in summer 2019, with regular production set to start in autumn.
What’s different about the MS-RT Transit Connect?
As with its big brother, the MS-RT Transit Connect gets a full visual makeover, with new bumpers, side skirts, grilles, front splitter, rear diffuser and rear spoiler.
Just check out the bulging wheel arches, too, which cover bespoke 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin tyres. Standard versions get regular OZ Racing items, with the pictured van showing off a distinctive optional bronze finish.
At the rear you’ll also find a quad-exit stainless steel exhaust, while on the inside there’s a steering wheel with carbonfibre inlays alongside hand-stitched nappa leather and suede upholstery.
All the new bodykit pieces are made from proper injection-moulded plastic, just like an original Ford part – designed, developed and manufactured in-house at MS-RT's Pontypool factory.
What standard equipment do you get with MS-RT Transit Connect?
The MS-RT Transit Connect is based on Ford’s Limited specification, but upgraded with LED loadspace lighting, twin sliding side loading doors, and a premium infotainment package that includes sat-nav and a reversing camera.
Buyers also get an MS-RT gift pack, which includes cleaning and care products.
What options are available on the MS-RT Transit Connect?
We’ve already mentioned the bronze alloy wheel option; other extras include a full-carbon steering wheel, black exhaust tips and a Maxhaust exhaust system.
The Maxhaust features an external speaker controlled by a phone app that can make the van sound like a supercar. We’ve tried it on the MS-RT Transit Custom R-Spec.
You can also choose to add a rally sticker pack – a traditional MS-RT trademark since the company is closely associated with M-Sport, the firm that builds Ford’s rally cars.
What’s special about the MS-RT Transit Connect Launch Edition?
Limited to the first 40 customers, the Launch Edition comes exclusively in Magnetic Grey with the bronze alloy wheels as standard.
It also has a unique Launch Edition interior, sticker pack and numbered plaque.
It costs the same as the standard model.
What is the cost of the MS-RT Transit Connect and when does it go on sale?
Powered by Ford’s latest 120hp 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, the MS-RT Transit Connect costs from £23,995 with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, or £24,995 with an eight-speed automatic.
You can order a Launch Edition now for delivery in summer 2019, with regular production set to begin in October 2019.
Initially only short-wheelbase models will be offered, with a long-wheelbase version planned for 2020.
What’s the warranty on the MS-RT Ford Transit Connect?
In November 2018, MS-RT became an accredited Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), which means its Transit Custom models meet all the right criteria to maintain Ford’s three-year warranty.
The MS-RT Transit Connect has been built to meet the same QVM standards, so should also retain the full factory warranty.