• Sep 28, 2009

TH Automobiles' Volkswagen TH2 Transporter - Follow the jump to see it take on a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Not a lot of people would look at a full-size van and think, "I bet I can make that thing perform like a sports car." Sure, many major manufacturers have had similar dreams of grandeur with their full-size SUVs – sometimes with halfway decent results – but nothing on this scale that we can think of. On the high-riding, dirt-spitting side of things, Porsche's Cayenne Turbo S comes to mind as an SUV with the speed and handling of something a lot smaller, but vans have been mercifully exempt from these types of projects for the most part. Until now.

Starting with a Volkswagen T5 Transporter, German tuner TH Automobile dropped in a (much) hotter engine and tweaked the handling a bit, creating the VW TH2 in the process. They decided to go with a Porsche mill, presumably to keep things in the family. However, when you realize that the Porsche engine in question is the 560 horsepower, twin-turbo, 3.6-liter flat-six of a 996 GT2, you think, "That poor Cayenne doesn't have a prayer."

Follow the jump to see a video of this van in action, going head-to-head with the bogey Cayenne. The footage is from the German show Grip, and the audio's in German, so unless you sprecken sie Deutsch, you'll have to just enjoy the video. Don't turn off the audio, however or you'll miss the sounds of this beast in action.

The TH2 matches the Cayenne's 4.8 second 0-100 km/h run, and has the same 280 km/h top speed, but it's not a whole lot cheaper than the Porsche at 113,000 Euro. But if you have the scratch, TH will build you one. So follow the jump for the embedded YouTube clip and check out the TH Automobile website to see their other vantastic offerings.

[Source: Grip via YouTube via German Car Scene]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      To bad no LSD :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1. That was the first thing that came to mind. All that power is useless if the inside wheel is gonna go up in smoke every time it's not pointed straight. I have to admit, it is pretty cool though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Long live the German tradition of hot-rod family haulers! First the R63 AMG, then the RS6 Avant, and now this! And who says the Germans make nothing but conservative luxury cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      not the first Porsche powered bus... and not the most bad ass...

      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xisqr_vw-bus-t4-porsche_auto
      T4 with 993 engine tuned by RUF with 522hp and it can go sideways...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSkkzgRbvLg
      a horde of T3 and one T1 at the Hockenheim racetrack burning rubber

      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of this conversion in Switzerland...

      http://www.race-taxi.ch/indexx.htm

      The whole building process is described in there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take mine in Tornado Red.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, it's no Renault Espace FI...

      0-60 in 2.8s
      300+ km/h top speed
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly what I thought. The Espace that ordinary Dads can buy is no slouch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Respect the van.

      Oh, that's Honda's line.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bad a** sleeper
      cant wait to burn ricers with this!
      • 5 Years Ago
      perfect for the wife and kids!...?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't Saleen or Roush or someone mess with a Windstar literally once too?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's sprechen, not sprecken.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone know if the show 'Grip' is available with english subtitles? And I immediately thought of the Espace F1 when I thought of this, as well as an older 4 cylinder Odyssey that was turbo'd for drag racing some years back.
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