• Oct 14th 2010 at 4:28PM
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Ford Transit SportVan – Click above for high-res image gallery

Push comes to shove, the Brits know modern delivery vans better than we do. (Hard to admit, we know.) What we use high-cube trucks, pickups and vans of varying sizes for, they do it all in panel vans. They drive the wheels off 'em, and the Ford Transit (not to be confused with its kid brother, the Transit Connect) is the king of 'em all. In fact, it has for the past 45 years been the best-selling van in the UK. And to celebrate, Ford UK is launching the special edition you see here.

This Ford Transit SportVan is based on the short-wheelbase 260 model and comes equipped with a 140-horsepower turbo-diesel, 18-inch graphite-finish alloys, twin exhaust pipes and a variety of other features, all wrapped up in red with white racing stripes. Only 100 examples will be made, and given the van's popularity on the Isles, we're sure they'll all sell out in a flash. In fact we know they will, since every previous SportVan edition has, including editions in blue with white stripes, grey with silver, black with silver, white with blue and blue with silver stripes.

Unfortunately this is another sport model we'll have to admire from the opposite shore, but driving back home in an SVT Raptor ought to help numb the pain. You know the drill: details in the press release after the jump, photos in the gallery below.

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  • Colorado Red paintwork with white bonnet stripes
  • 18in graphite colour alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes and spoilers
  • Powered by a 140PS TDCi Duratorq engine
  • First medium van with DAB radio as standard
  • A limited edition of 100
  • On sale end of October at £22,630
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 12 October, 2010 – With the Ford Transit reaching its 45th year as Britain's best selling van, Ford is releasing 100 special edition Transit SportVan models in distinctive red livery.

The Ford Transit SportVan was first created in 2006 for customers wanting to make a bold statement with their commercial vehicle. All previous models are sold out: Performance Blue with white stripes (500), Sea Grey with silver stripes (80), Panther Black with silver stripes (500), Frozen White with blue stripes (80) and Ink Blue with silver stripes (150).

Ford of Britain's marketing director, Mark Simpson, said: "We know that 'white van man' is image conscious both personally and for his business. The SportVan is a real head-turner as well as a reliable workhorse and that's why they sell out so fast."

The Transit SportVan is based on the popular 260, short wheelbase model with front wheel drive, the 140PS 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine and a six-speed transmission. The red SportVan will be the first medium van to come with DAB radio as standard.

The exterior features Colorado Red paintwork, Le Mans-style white bonnet stripes, twin exhausts, 18in graphite colour alloy wheels, low profile 235/45 tyres, front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts and extended wheel arches. Standard safety features include ABS, ESP and driver and passenger airbags.

Inside the cab: velour trim, air conditioning, six CD-player with remote steering-column-mounted controls, cruise control, power windows, powered and heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, tinted glass, leather gearshift knob and a perimeter alarm are also standard.

Power deadlocks, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, front fog lights and a load area protection kit similarly come on every SportVan. Optional are leather seats, Satellite Navigation FX system with 5in colour screen, LED cargo lights in rear and LED daytime running lights.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      you guys are nuts a slow, tacky 4cyl delivery van with stripes and LED-DRLs. bring it over, I would so buy this if it came here omg

      Some people on Autoblog would drool over a pile of crap if it came from Europe.

      what makes this cooler than an E-series van with stripes, that would at least have a V8?
        • 4 Years Ago

        I'm sure you know your E-series but in Europe most traders/owners know that the Transit is a superb all round workhorse which comes in many different variations.I've seen 20 year plus beat out rusty Transits still going strong.

        Don't be fooled by the so called "tacky" four cylinder engines, It does the job hauling heavy loads, it has done for years, I've driven a couple of them in the past so I know.
        As for your E-series V8, Have fun filling up when those petrol prices rises.

        If the Transit came to the US with that four cylinder diesel engine it would be massive,

        And I mean that!.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you ask about 'cool' I have to say that Transit looks good, E-series not so much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No wonder why you were downrated.

        The Transit is FAR superior to the Econoline for many reasons, first and foremost being fuel efficiency. I think you forget that some of those smaller four cylinder diesels are putting out V8 like torque. You don't buy an Econoline to accelerate fast.

        Second would be for how it can be configured. Can you stand up, upright in an Econoline? No.

        • 4 Years Ago
        oh and I live in Europe so the 'exotics' factor does not count in, I see lots of Transits every day
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Red Transit Sport is awesome, Id buy it if it was sold here.

      As I've been saying for a while, the full size Transit is sold in Mexico, It should have been here years ago, I hear we will get the next generation but who knows, Most American cargo vans are basic and over the hill.

      The Transit is similar in size to the Sprinter, the Sprinter is the Transits direct competition, GM has better vans in Europe too, for some reason they choose not to sell them here, If you want what Europe has to offer go south of the border, Fiat Ducato, VW transporters, Renault Traffic, Peugeot Furgon, Toyota Hiace, Mexico has lots of vans.

      America is so far behind.
      • 3 Years Ago
      O ya don't forget the SVT v/8 and 6 speed trans
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need go ahead and replace the Econoline van with this. I'm sure it's a win just in the aerodynamics department.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Word 'round the watercooler is that the Yanks will have the Transit available to them in 2012 when the new platform is introduced globally.

        I want one in sportvan guise to use for transporting a race bike to the track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think Ford can replace the Econoline with this soon enough. But at least they're working on it, so I hear anyway...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ya seriously.
        I like my 95 e350 work van, but i'd replace if there were something else ford had that was modern like this.
        Basically for 20 years the e series has been the same.
        No reason to get a new one, for the most part other than power locks/windows and a new dash the vans are almost all the same

        I'd really like something more modern and more fuel efficient for work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My favorite quote regarding a Transit van, "10 minutes? I can beat that time in a van!" (Sabine Schmidt to Jeremy Clarkson regarding his 10 min Nurburgring lap time in a diesel Jag)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford what are you waiting for...bring this over
      • 4 Years Ago
      Despite the fact that the thing is essentially a box... it's pretty cool! It reminds me of the 89 and 93 Astro vans that my parents had while I was growing up. Tough for driving ease, I would probably pass on the stick shift and opt for an auto.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. I can't believe I'd ever want a... delivery van?!?

      And a stick-shift, no less. Frickin' sweet.

      Just goes to show how desirable a company could make a vehicle if they weren't constantly trying to make them to the lowest common denominator.
      • 4 Years Ago
      maybe Sabine can run the ring in under 10 with this version!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd pay to watch that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no her name is spelled 'Schmitz'
        I'd marry her in a heartbeat if she wasn't already. In either case, you can pretty well guess if I have a daughter what her name will be. She'd better be setting lap records at Watkins Glen by the time she's 21 too!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. Hey, wait.. raschmidt1 -- part of that name looks sorta familiar.. Sabine's .......?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The LED lights do not generate enough heat to keep the ice from forming on them or to melt the snow off of them while going down the road. I passed 2 transits on I-70 where the speed limit is 70 mph (116 m/h)and they were going about 60 (100 m/h), they were causing quite a slow down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not comfortable with every car having random LEDs nowadays...

      I can tell it's gonna become one of those outdated, borderline-tasteless styling signatures of a specific era... like wooden side panels and pop-up headlights.

      Other than the "me too" LEDs, the truck is alright.
        • 4 Years Ago
        K.W.A, I totally agree. LEDs are here to stay, yet the designers seem to have no idea how to integrate them into the greater design. Mercedes use of those weird, abstract 'sideways comma' near the fog lights on the new E-Class is particularly unappealing. Audi's never look fully baked either. I suspect as they become more ubiquitous what we see tacked onto today's designs will look really dated, really soon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It'll stay around for a long time. They are the replacements for running lights.
      • 4 Years Ago
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