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The annual Commercial Vehicle Show in Blighty is one of our favorite things, specifically because our inner children never stopped liking big trucks , and the manufacturers actually unveil cool stuff at the show. Exhibit A comes from Ford, which pulled the wraps off the limited-edition Transit SportVan. Powered by a 130-horse diesel, the bespoilered SportVan is targeted at the small business owner who wants to deliver his or her goods in style, hence the Performance Blue paint, Le Mans stripes, and 18" alloys. Inside, it's driver rolls along in leather seats, with creature comforts like additional leather appointments, a CD changer, A/C, rain-sensing wipers, and more all included in the deal. Only 500 will be built. Full details from Ford come after the jump.

[Source: Ford]


PRESS RELEASE:
NEW FORD TRANSIT SPORTVAN REVEALED AT CV SHOW

  • Unique Performance Blue paintwork, wide bonnet stripes, 18" alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes, leather seats and spoilers. Powered by a 130PS TDCi Duratorq engine
  • A limited edition of 500 will go on sale in June. On-the-road price £18,750

BIRMINGHAM, NEC, 24 April, 2007 – The covers came off the unique new Ford Transit SportVan today at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, Birmingham. Famous for her televised 'race' around the Nürburgring in a Ford Transit, professional driver, Sabine Scmidtz, was the first to test the new Transit Sportvan and joined Ford's commercial vehicles director, Steve Kimber, for the unveiling.

Steve Kimber said: "I think this stunning new van will appeal to a part of the British market we've not seriously courted before – the single or small operator. Transit SportVan is all about style and individuality. It's for people who love Transit and want to be a bit different – and there's plenty of our customers who feel that way!"

The limited edition Transit SportVan has been created for those who want to make a bold statement. The additions have been made to the popular 260, short wheelbase, front wheel drive, 130PS model.
The exterior comes to life with the unique performance blue paintwork, Le Mans style white bonnet stripes, twin exhausts, 18-in 'snowflake pattern' alloy wheels, low profile 235/45 tyres, body colour grille and front bumper, front and rear spoilers side skirts, extended wheel; arches and mudflaps all around.

Inside the cab the features are just as impressive: leather seats, air conditioning, six CD-player with remote steering column-mounted controls, cruise control, power windows, power and heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, tinted glass and leather gearshift knob.

Further standard features include: power door deadlocks with second key fob, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, front fog lights, passenger airbag and load area protection kit.

Sabine Scmitdz, one of the Nürburgring's official 'taxi' drivers, reached international fame when she challenged BBC Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson to a time race around the 'ring' in a Ford Transit.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      those look very similar to srt4 rims....
      • 8 Years Ago
      oh no, upon re-reading i see that #10 is correct, my appologies
      • 8 Years Ago
      its will be the new Aerostar 2008
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here comes the "why don't they sell this in the U.S." and "no wonder Ford is in trouble" comments. If you think a cargo van would help Ford you are wrong. Ford already dominates the full size van market, almost 2 to 1 over GM. Dodge is barely even a blip on the radar with their Sprinter because it is too much vehicle for many needs here and costs quite a bit more. If there was a serious market for full size vans Ford would have updated the E-Series more than once in the past 15 years. When you already own about haf of the market why bother? Heck, the mighty Toyota doesn't sell ANY large vans and seem to be doing ok!
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's suddenly '82 again. "Back in '82, I could throw a pigskin a quarter mile." -Uncle Rico. Some things are better left off American shores. Who knows though. MB brought the Sprinter over. Then again, they drive on the right-hand side of the road in Germany, so they didn't need to change anything.

      #8 You are exactly right!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This looks like the Ford Fusion and Dodge (MB) Sprinter had a baby.

      Too bad this will never make it over to the states in its current form. A 130HP engine just isn't enough to move lumber/drywall/paint etc. We _NEED_ at least a 300hp and 400 lb/torque engine for that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not really a Ford fan but I really like this van. It's the first time in a long time since Ford has made a innovative vehicle pleaseing to the eyes. You have to go all the way back to the 55-57 T-birds or some early Mustangs to say that. (IMO the current retro Mustangs are cheaply made pieces of crap)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really like boxy, utility look vehicles. Really, not a sarcasm.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When the Transit was first introduced, it was such a leap forward in power and handling that the local villains soon realized they could outrun the cops in it. So together with a stolen Jag it became the defacto vehicle for armed robberies. Four to six blokes with shooters would come flying out the back, terrorize the target, then load up the van with Premium Bonds or Green Shiled Stamps. Then two of 'em would get back in the van and the others would make off in the Jag. This would be an ideal van to bring back the noble art of the heist, but no one does armed robbery anymore, they're all into securities fraud and drug dealing now, which requires nothing more than an early nineties, red seven series. Shame.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The ford transit is sold in the whole of europe as well as places like australlia, so it could be exported to the us with only small modifacations
        • 8 Years Ago
        i live in the uk and have just ordered one of the sportvans to replace my merc sprinter van
      • 8 Years Ago
      #10, The Transit Connect is a different vehicle than the Transit. The Connect is a small Front drive panel van. The Transit is the "full size" van for the euro market. They share a name but not much else.
      Bryan
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not bad for a delivery truck.
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