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Sporty new MS-RT Ford Transit Connect brings extra style to small van market

  • 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.

MS-RT Transit Connect - Magnetic Grey with gold wheels, side view

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.

MS-RT Transit Connect - Magnetic Grey with gold wheels, rear view

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.

MS-RT Transit Connect - Magnetic Grey with gold wheels, dead-on front view

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.

Also read:

>> Ford Transit Custom MS-RT 2018 review

>> Ford Transit Custom MS-RT R-Spec automatic review

>> Ford Transit Guy Martin Proper Edition review

>> Visit to Van-Sport – builders of the MS-RT and M-Sport Transits and Rangers