In recent years, The Blue Oval has offered a sporty variant of its Transit Custom van in Europe dubbed the MS-RT (M-Sport Road Technology), which is inspired by the automaker’s rally racing efforts, interestingly enough. On the surface, it seems like a bit of an odd pairing, but the Ford Transit Custom MS-RT has since gained a bit of a cult following in that region – which is obsessed with vans to the point where CEO Jim Farley recently called the Transit Custom the “Super Duty of Europe.” With the recent launch of the redesigned van in Europe this past fall, many were wondering if a new Ford Transit Custom MS-RT would follow – and now, that’s precisely what has happened.
As was previously the case, the new Ford Transit Custom MS-RT was developed in conjunction with MS-RT – an offshoot of Ford’s rally partner, M-Sport – with the idea that a vehicle can offer customers both motorsport-inspired looks and supreme cargo-carrying capability. As such, the newest version of the sporty van is equipped with a revised front bumper with an integrated spoiler, side skirts, a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, a rear spoiler, and unique anthracite 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 235/45 R19 Goodyear Eagle Sport tires. Along with Yellow Green and MS-RT Blue exterior color options, the Transit Custom MS-RT also comes with gloss black mirror caps and door handles, plus MS-RT Blue-painted brake calipers and a new decal.
That theme continues inside the cabin, where one will find new front seats with side bolsters finished in vegan leather and suede plus MS-RT logos and blue stitching, mated with a sport steering wheel with a blue 12 o-clock marker and stitching. In terms of powertrains, customers have several to choose from – the 2.0L EcoBlue diesel making 170 PS (168 horsepower) mated to the eight-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive, a front-wheel drive variant making 150 PS (148 horsepower) coupled with a six-speed manual, a PHEV with the 2.5L gas engine and an 11.8 kWh battery generating 232 PS (230 horsepower), and the E-Transit Custom MS-RT, which sends 285 PS (283 horsepower) to the rear wheels via a single electric motor.
“Whichever powertrain option you choose, everything about this Transit Custom has the MS-RT DNA running through it, delivering the excitement customers want with the productivity they need,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro Europe. “The 210 kW fully electric E-Transit Custom MS-RT pushes that appeal even further.”