Ford has just unveiled a new special edition model of the Ranger. Called the Ford Ranger MS-RT, this truck prefers going to the track instead of going off-road.
The truck’s “motorsport-inspired design is clearly evident with its unique sporty front bumper and honeycomb carbon fiber-effect grille. There are even wider fenders and large 20-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels. The step board has also been deleted in favor of side skirts. At the rear, the bumper has also been swapped for a more street-oriented design. These exterior enhancements do reduce the ruggedness of the Ranger, though whether this affects its approach, departure, and breakover angles are still unknown at this point.
Orange stitching details adorn numerous places inside the Ranger MS-RT. The seats, floor mats and scuff places also feature MS-RT detailing. Other signature Ranger features carry over unchanged, such as the analog speedometer flanked by two digital screens and the 8-inch SYNC3 infotainment system.
Under the hood of the Ford Ranger MS-RT is the same 2.0-liter inline-4 twin-turbo diesel engine that’s also found in the Ranger Wildtrak and Raptor. This means that the engine still produces 210 HP and 500 Nm of torque. Power is sent through a selectable four-wheel drive system via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, the Ranger MS-RT can be equipped with a Maxhaust app-controlled soundbox, which enhances the pickup’s exhaust sound.
“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”, says 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.”
The Ford Ranger MS-RT will first go on sale in Europe in summer 2021.