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VR46 Ford Ranger driven: video

By Matt Raudonikis & Tristan Tancredi | Photos: Ellen Dewar, 19 Oct 2017 Custom 4x4s

We punt the Valentino Rossi-approved VR46 Ford Ranger

VR46 Ford Ranger tested

MOTOGP champion Valentino Rossi has put his name to a tickled Ford; a limited edition VR46 Ranger.

Developed in the UK with Ford rally specialists MS-RT, the VR46 Ranger is more than just a dress-up pack despite an unchanged mechanical package. Headlining the list of features is a Pedders 4x4 Touring package, which uses foam cell shock absorbers, TrakRyder coil springs and variable-load leaf springs to give the PXII Ranger a 50mm lift.

The head-turning bodywork of the Ranger – which was worked on by MS-RT and Carlex Design – is highlighted by bespoke front and rear bumpers, extravagant wheel-arch flares, rally-style mudflaps and a unique grille.

VR46-Ford-Ranger-headlights.jpgThe front bumper houses LED daytime running lights; an LED light bar sits on the front grille; and a Lazer light bar resides up top.

Metal underbody protection protects the engine sump and fuel tank, while the rig rides on 265/65 BFG tyres fitted to bespoke 18-inch alloys.

Based on the XLT-spec Ranger, the VR46 is well-equipped with interior niceties (the interior, like the exterior, also exudes a sense of quirkiness).

VR46-Ford-Ranger-interior.jpgAutosource International has the rights to the VR46 Ranger here, and assembles them using locally sourced Fords in Melbourne.

Watch the video to find out how the VR46 Ranger performed off-road, or pick up a copy of 4X4 Australia’s December issue for a comprehensive review. The December issue of 4X4 Australia will be in stores November 2, 2017.