This aggressive looking Ford Ranger was customised by Carlex Design and the MS-RT Road Technology and dubbed the VR46 in recognition of motorcycle racing champion Valentino Rossi – a bit strange considering he is more associated with victory on the track rather than the off-road.
The standard 3.2-liter Duratorq diesel engine that delivers 147kW and 470Nm of torque remains unchanged, so the conversion is more about looks than performance in this case.
This conversion include MS-RT Road Technology’s off-road pack with 1.75-inch Pedders lift kit, wider wheel arches, colour shocks and springs, sump guard and fuel tank guard, roll bars, an LED light bar on the roof and spring-loaded and damped tailgate.
The 18-inch graphite-finish wheels feature BF Goodrich off-road tyres and a revised front bumper with LED assist lights in the center has been fitted as well as a new exhaust featuring a large outlet on each side of the rear end.
This is not a once-off, as Auto Source International ‘has confirmed 460 versions of the VR46 Ranger have been allocated to Australia and New Zealand’, according to Motoring.com.au.
This Ranger’s interior has been upgraded by Carlex. Nappa leather upholstery with stitched patterns in the center of the seats and on the console adorns the cabin. The headrests and seatbacks have VR/46 embroidery. The new steering wheel has a striped pattern in the middle and leather sections, which Carlex claims improves “the overall grip and comfort.” The interior is mainly black, but a yellow stripe on the gearshift provides a bit of color.
The exterior is available in Metallic Black or Magnetic Grey, along with a choice of automatic and manual transmission.