Vans are not remotely sporty. But, if you’re so inclined, you can dress them up to look like a hot hatch. The new Ford Transit Connect MS-RT saves you the bother of doing it yourself as it’s available off-the-shelf.
The bodykitted Transit Connect’s styling is apparently inspired by the M-Sport-built Fiesta World Rally Cars. The kit includes the front bumper and vaguely Predator-looking grille, side skirts, rear bumper and spoiler, and front and rear diffusers.
The suspension is lowered as far as possible and the TC MS-RT rides on rather sweet 18in OZ wheels – optionally available in a bronze finish – wrapped in Michelin tyres. A quad-outlet stainless steel exhaust pokes out of the back.
Inside, there’s a sports steering wheel with carbonfibre inlays, and hand-stitched leather and Alcantara upholstery. You get a logo’d bag containing a load of cleaning products, too.
The whole package – produced by a company based in Wales – is fully approved by Ford. There’s a similar MS-RT pack available for the bigger Transit Custom, as well.
A Launch Edition model will account for the first 40 MS-RT Connects produced. All will be finished in Magnetic Grey, get upgraded wheels and upholstery, a sticker pack and a numbered plaque.
Standard kit across the board includes LED loadspace lighting, “premium” infotainment with satnav and reversing camera, bi-xenon headlights and twin side-loading doors.
Options include a Maxhaust exhaust system and carbonfibre wheels.
Ford hasn’t indicated what engines will be available, but it’s likely that your only choice will be the 120hp, 1.5-litre turbo diesel. Choose between manual or automatic.
Prices start at a not-unreasonable £23,995.
By Graham King